Ludolf R. Grollé
Hailing from Europe, Ludolf Grollé is an active contemporary painter on the Canadian Art Scene focusing on both abstract expressionism as well as impressionism.
Ludolf defines achieving his style as “I feel it necessary to hone in on massive colour detail - but in a vague abstractness; A haze of colour, thought, smoke, passion; the impact on the mind, and on the individual.”
Ludolf’s paintings evolve somewhere in that amorphous area of between reality, figurative and allegory.
Gestural and innovative abstraction in the sweeps and layering of thick, gessoed and textured patches of acrylic have such an expressive quality that each work sends a clear and distinct message to the viewer.
An interpretation of the Artist’s intention expressed in their own sentiment relative to the subject matter; evokes an emotional response.
Colour plains are not only evident in the action of the material on canvas, but the paint appears to evoke the pictorial techniques used by artists to describe the powerful aspects of the the sub-conscious and the inner soul.
As with many of the great Abstract artists there seems to be a sensory reaction to the dynamics of the elements embraced by Grollé, in what is, clearly an image brought into being through his intuitive technique.
Written by Professor John F. Walter ~ 2007. Founder of the Pre-Simulationist Movement
Author of various critiques on Neural Mind Mapping. Creative Writer, Playwright and Poet.
Born in 1953, Ludolf was raised in Europe and educated in the United Kingdom. Ludolf started painting at an early age and studied Art in London – at Camden Arts Centre and at Art School in Chelsea. Ludolf taught Art - Drawing and Painting in London and Amsterdam. Majoring in Art, Literature and Philosophy; Ludolf’s work has been shown in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Los Angeles and Chicago and received warm accolades from the public and critics. Ludolf moved to Canada in 2002, and has since made Winnipeg his home.
Ludolf’s unique method of blending just three primary colours, adding black and white; using a variety of techniques is unequalled. Ludolf’s works on paper are reminiscent of intricate print processes – even though each piece is hand painted. The development of brushed and rollered colour plains provide a fascinating palette of hues. The works on canvas present a fascinating vision, the artist’s soul penetrates deep within the various layers producing an end result which leaves the beholder in total awe of the mystery of the content in every piece – without exception. Depth and texture is provided without the use of gypsum or gesso or other material and yet provides a texture and effect somewhat akin to encaustic, and other processes. Ludolf does not make reprints; as he believes everyone should be able to own at least one affordable and accessible original work of art, in their lifetime.