Working within the difficult field of Imaginative Pop Realism,
Sherry Wolf has earned a devoted
following and critical acclaim for her bold paintings, films and fashion designs. Her figure
paintings display compelling frankness. Her matchless perspective on today’s contemporary
consumer culture is rendered with a mind alluring hyper realistic technique, often woven with
threads from an earlier generation of Pop Art with reference to popular culture in today’s
society generating her universally recognizable style.
“ABC” New York Nightly News
described Wolf as a “visionary genius.” Her paintings can be found
in the most prestigious collections and her well-known “Artist in the Studio” painting is in the
permanent collection at the renowned Albright-Knox Museum.
Seymour Knox, founder of the Albright-Knox
Museum, said, "Sherry Wolf’s work conveys a grandeur that inspires prolonged contemplation, not only
for her masterful technique but equally for her exciting and inspiring visions that draws crowds
around her oversized canvases".
Wolf's career has resulted in an eclectic body of
work that never adhered to prevailing trends and has followed its own logic. Wolf rejected
the traditional realist movement of the 70's and reinvented her own terms. She has remarkably
moved in and out of painting styles often weaving them together like a fine tapestry. Art
critic, Robert Hughes said "Wolf's work depicts the contemporary vernacular with acute
specificity and detail; it resonates with a social and historical particularity that only
comes from a careful study of the environment". Her work is the result of tireless observation
and uncompromising execution.
New York Art Dealer, Leo Castelli, known for his extraordinary skill in nurturing and
promoting new artists, was a great friend of Wolf’s and first to give her guidance and
support. Famed art collector and dealer, Alan Stone, snapped up Wolf’s work for his
Manhattan gallery hanging alongside other prestigious greats such as Richard Estes
and Wayne Thiebaud.
Educated in art history with a Magna Cum Laude degree from the University of Maryland,
Wolf went on to establish the Adult Art Program at Georgetown University. She was commissioned
by the White House to create a series of paintings, headed the art and design department at
NBC Washington bureau working closely with David Brinkley and was commissioned by
National Geographic Magazine.
As a budding artist in New York, Sherry was considered a bicoastal darling of the art
and fashion world dividing her time between the Studio 54 nightclub scene in New York City
and Hollywood where she ran with a crowd of creative industry elites. Sherry’s multi-faceted
talents also led her into the fashion world creating an exceptional handbag and jewelry
collection. Her high-end handbags quickly took off and were sold to New York’s chic Henri
Bendel’s, Neiman’s, Bergdorf, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom’s, as well as countless boutiques
across the country. According to Shelia Aimette, fashion director for Bloomingdales, "We
are always trying to get the most innovative and freshest young designers. Our customer
is very forward and is always looking for the next thing, and Sherry Wolf represents that".
The handbags were a favorite of young Hollywood and highly sought after by celebrities, who
were often photographed carrying her identifiable bags at Hollywood red carpet events.
She had a critically acclaimed 18 karat gold jewelry collection that was launched at
Neiman Marcus and later designed silver jewelry for her own shows on QVC and
Home Shopping Network. Wolf debuted her Men's Neckwear collection drawing inspiration
from classical themes in painting, architecture and mosaics to create immensely wearable
ties. President Bill Clinton wore her famous neckwear.
Iconic Hollywood movie producer, Jerry Weintraub (Oceans 11,12,13)
threw a star-studded event as a tribute for Sherry Wolf in Palm Springs in 2015 to honor her new series of
paintings as well as her unbelievable bravery. After four years of grieving the untimely
loss of her beautiful twenty-two year old daughter, Sherry finally returned to creating
her phenomenal paintings with the relentless and devoted persistence of Jerry Weintraub.
Jerry and his associates have been collecting her artwork for decades. Her series of
paintings were seen on the Barbara Walters Special with Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt,
George Clooney, and Matt Damon when interviewed at Jerry Weintraub’s home for the
Oceans 11 film.
After the Jerry Weintraub event, Sherry exhibited her paintings at the Imago Gallery in
Palm Desert, California, ArtHampton Art Fair in Bridgehampton, New York, the RJD Gallery
in Sag Harbor, New York, and Art Southampton Art Fair in Southampton, New York.
Wolf attracted attention from newspaper columnists to talk show hosts. Charmed by her
wit and fluency television programs such as NBC's "Today" show,
"ABC Nightly News" have recognized her appeal. People magazine photographed and
reported on Sherry at length describing her as "one of the cleverest artist and
designers to come onto the scene in a long time." The New York Times, GQ,
The Baltimore Sun, Dallas Morning News, and a host of others have expressed
similar thoughts on this most prolific individual. Sherry is flattered by all
of the attention from celebrities and the media but this modest artist and
designer always remains down to earth.
Sherry Wolf lived and worked in the heart of Manhattan for many years.
She currently lives in Maryland with her husband, Dr. Alan Geringer, a urologist,
and her daughter Jenna Propper, a mortgage banker.