Chiaroscuro, Sargent, Homer, Wyeth, Max Beckmann, glazes! These are just some of the influences in Steve Wolf’s work. How is it that a grown man (half-way to hundred) can stand in front of a Degas at the MET and feel almost transported to another time and place; and be totally oblivious to his surroundings? They haven’t called security yet, but some day…
Steve Wolf’s true passion is painting. In 1982 he began painting in Arizona, when he attended Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff. That’s where he was truly smitten with the “bug.” The Grand Canyon, The San Fransisco Peaks, Sedona, all lie before him waiting for him to experience a Vulcan like “Mind-Meld” with the great Southwest on canvas.
Reality came around in the form of a landscaping job after graduating from NAU. Steve moved back to St. Louis and moved in with his Mom and Dad to survive. After a year of back-breaking work, he enrolled in Washington University’s graduate program and completed my MFA.
Now this is where the detour begins…
Steve took a job as an illustrator with Maritz, Inc. in Fenton, MO in 1985. He worked there for almost a decade doing illustration and design. In 1999, Steve “loaded up the truck” with his wife and two kids and moved to Fairfield, Connecticut, where he worked as a Senior Art Director for Ryan Partnership in Westport, CT.
After a year of working until midnight and eating “cheap” Chinese, Steve ventured out on his own and formed Wolfcreative Studio. His goal? Be his own boss and make as much as he can without a heart attack. His plan largely succeeded until the Stock Market crashed in 2008. It was here that he met his demise and saving grace.
Advertising agencies were a freelancer’s slaughter house. His work flow was on life support. Gone were the days of the “fast-and-furious” and “I need this yesterday.” Out of shear boredom, Steve started to paint again. He found myself drawn towards iconic New York architecture. This became his sweet-spot and have been relentlessly looking for his next painting in the streets of Manhattan ever since.