ABOUT EDWARD WOLFE
Edward Wolfe was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He moved to England during the First World War and studied at the Regent Street Polytechnic and, from 1916-1918, Slade School of Art.
While at The Slade, Wolfe was invited by Nina Hamnett and Roger Fry to join the latter’s Omega Workshops, a design enterprise founded by members of the Bloomsbury Group and established in July 1913 with the intention of providing graphic expression to the essence of the Bloomsbury ethos. Wolfe first exhibited with the Omega Workshops in 1918.
After his first solo exhibition in Johannesburg in 1920 at Leon Levson’s Gallery, Wolfe showed extensively in Britain and internationally. He provided the frontispiece to the twelfth and last of the Furnival Books (1930-32), John Collier’s Green Thoughts, with a foreword by Osbert Sitwell (London: William Jackson, succeeded by Joiner & Steele, 1932).
Wolfe painted the original twelve drawings in ink, gouache on Chinese silver paper in 1930 to accompany a new translation of the text by the novelist and poet Louis Golding. Unfortunately, this book was never printed. These were subsequently exhibited in an Edward Wolfe Arts Council Exhibition in 1967.
Wolfe wanted to achieve the same effect with the prints on a silver background, but he was advised of technical difficulties with printing. It was not until he met a number of years later the master printer Adrian Lack of The Senecio Press that it became possible to lithographically produce this portfolio. Experts who have seen the proofs were struck by the faithfulness to the originals. Thus 250 copies of the twelve drawings were printed 50 years after their execution. These portfolios were sold by Royal Academy.
He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1951 to 1970. He was elected an Associate Member of the Academy in 1967 and a Member in 1972.
His work is held by the Tate, the Royal Academy, the National Portrait Gallery and many other public and private collections.