170 x 90 cm | 66 x 35 in
'Bath Triptych', original painting in oil, gold leaf and resin on natural canvas. This work will increase in price to ÂŁ2,475 on Monday the 9th May 2011. "This is a very large piece which is party inspired by Francis Baconâs use of colour and panels â it takes snapshots of bathing figures and weaves them together using different coloured segments. This series plays with contrast â using the basic rough texture of the raw canvas against a smooth high gloss resin. These textures serve to amplify and illustrate the contrasts of the theme itself which is inspired by the way the body creates islands in the water - visible sections blend into submerged areas, barely visible yet intrinsically tying the structures together. Much in the same way as we all do in day-to-day life. We create images - identities â some of which we keep on the surface, visible for everyone to see while others remain submerged."
Fontaine-Wolf is an artist of great technical ability, tact and an instinct so sure and refined that her work can afford to be as much about what she leaves out as what she gives existence to in the final work. A fine balance between the extremes of the photo-realistic and the expressionist; polished fullness and the flatness of a blank canvas, the resulting paintings retain the rawness of a work that seems to have been born in front of you. This dialectic between the tamed and the wild finds its thematic echo in the notion of femininity and the expectations of beauty that Wolf presents and evaluates.