The Wooleys, two of the West Coast's finest artist-craftsmen, have gained wide recognition since their work was shown 15 years ago in Chicago (1953, Elizabeth Nelson Gallery.) The Renaissance Society exhibition of 25 pieces--canvases and enamels by Ellamarie, wood and polyester constructions by Jackson--will span changes in the artists' individual styles and media.
In their teamwork, they have not forsaken the media of their early small, decorative pieces, enamel on copper, in which they have executed the large scale, even monumental, murals and panels for which they have become known. Among recent commissions are a 144 square foot mural, Bibliocosmos (the universe of books) for the Fresno County Free Library, a large copper and enamel relief in the Whittier Public Library, two modern baroque sculptural copper reliefs in the San Diego Civic Theatre, and a 10' x 24' abstract panel, Pacificana, in the Pacific Employers Group Insurance Building, Los Angeles.
Jackson Woolley, in recent years, has turned to dramatic constructions in industrial materials. Ellamarie has created hard-edge, non-objective sculpture and wall pieces which pose textured, hammered, and partiallly enameled copper in geometric patterns. Scale and dimensions enhance the richness of deep colorings which each artist has extended into new techniques and combinations of materials.
Jackson's Dockside and Ellamarie's High Noon will be coming to the Renaissance Society from the triennial California Exposition in Sacramento, which closed September 17.
This text was originally published in the exhibition press release.