William F. Wolff Biography

William F. Wolff

American

1922-2004

Biography

William Wolff was born in San Francisco and continues to live there. Heattended the California School of Fine Arts, and received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. He studied with Max Beckmann at Mills College, and with Gordon Cook, Richard Graf and Rupert Garcia. He has exhibited in the Bay Area and abroad, participated actively in the California Society of Printmakers and the Graphic Arts Workshop, and devoted many years teaching art at the San Francisco Youth Guidance Center.

In Wolff's work you will find enigmatic figures, intellectual humor, and intriguing subject matter expressed in a bold, rough, dynamic manner. Therese Heyman, currently Curator for Special Projects at the Oakland Museum of California, was introduced to Wolff's prints early in her career. She says, 'Today I continue to find added skill in their intensity and more effective line drawing. William Wolff's prints contain strong linear outlines, emphatic shapes, all done in his assured figurative manner.'

In 2001 William Wolff donated over 50 primarily religious works on paper to the Hearst Art Gallery at Saint Mary's College of California. The gift includes his 8-print series Witnesses of the Apocalypse, as well as images relating to passages found in both the Old and New Testaments, in media such as etching, lithograph and woodcut.