Paul Martin Wolff

 

Artist Statement
 

It's an obvious question. How does a 64 year old lawyer become an artist. The answer is neither short nor simple. From childhood, I was exposed to the arts by frequent trips to art galleries. In college, I started to be an art history major, but fear of straying from the norm led me to majoring in American history and relegating art history to a minor. Lacking both adventure and risk, I did something that I knew that I could do well and attended law school. After graduation, I moved to Washington, clerked for a federal judge and then joined my current law firm where I have had a career that has exceeded, in all aspects, my hopes and aspirations.

 

From college to the present, my interest in art never waned. My wife and I have been avid collectors and gallery viewers.  Embedded in my mind all these years was a desire to see if I had any artistic skill or at least interest. These thoughts would have remained only thoughts but for Sammy Hoi, the former director of the Corcoran School of Art who challenged me to take the plunge and, in no uncertain terms, told me that it was time to stop thinking and start doing. At his suggestion, I enrolled in the Corcoran, taking a class in sculpture.

 

The experience was instant rapture. Quickly I learned that this was something I wanted to be serious about. Matters then evolved at a rapid pace. I built a studio and started spending serious time sculpting.  My current body of work is a series of cast bronze and stainless steel sculptures created from 2002-2005. They have all evolved from the simple, but extremely time-consuming search to find the work embedded in the stone I'm working on. Added to this is the risk that, in working in stone, there's no turning back. Errors are final, not correctible as with clay or plaster. I work in stone because I relish, rather than fear, this sense of finality. It is both energizing and enervating. After the maquette is finished, I then decide on the dimensions for the cast piece. These vary from no change in dimensions to models and ultimately castings

as much as 8 times the size of the maquette. The decision on size is made entirely on the size that I feel will maximize the beauty of the work.

 

Education

    Corcoran School of Art

    Harvard Law School

 

Recent Exhibitions

   Zenith Gallery, Dec 2006

   Zenith Gallery, 28Year Anniversary Exhibition, WDC March 2006  

   Zenith Gallery, Into the Minds of Nine, Washington, DC, September/October, 2005

   Trinity College, Sculpture, Paul Martin Wolff  2002-2005, Washington DC, May/June 2005

 

Private and Corporate Collections

Baach, Robinson Washington, DC

DLA Piper Rudnick Chicago, Illinois

Harvard Law School Cambridge, Massachusetts

Morgan, Lewis Washington, DC

White & Case Washington, DC

Williams & Connolly Washington, DC

Private collections in Washington, DC; Chicago, Illinois; Bethesda, Maryland: Ketchum, Idaho; San Diego, California; Los Angeles, California and Fairfield, Connecticut

 

Gallery Representation & Affiliations

Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC

Renwick Gallery, Board Member

Corcoran Museum, Board of Overseers