Theo Wolvecamp was a member of the Cobra-movement, the artist movement which existed between 1948 and 1951. Three short years, but with a legacy to last a lifetime and beyond. During his working life, he was inspired by many artists, such as; Picasso, Miro and Kandinsky. He attended the Academy in Arnhem in 1945, but soon after, in 1947, he decided it was time he sought autonomy and moved to Amsterdam. After his Cobra-adventures, he was off to Paris for four years. But in the core, Wolvecamp was never a city-dweller. He left Paris and moved back to the picturesque Dutch countryside, to Hengelo, the place where he grew up. Nature provided him with the space, beauty and inspiration.
Wolvecamp was his own worst critic; he demolished many works -also from his years at Cobra- simply because he thought the quality was not high enough. Wolvecamp’s works are heavily layered with oil paint and full of relief. After his time with Cobra, his works show a kinship to Asger Jorn’s, because of his love of fantastical creatures.
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