Rebecca Fontaine-Wolf is a London based artist who grew up between Germany and the UK. She is principally known for her figurative paintings in which she explores themes surrounding female identity, desire and mortality. Her continually evolving practice, rooted in the traditions of portraiture, takes inspiration from Vanitas painting and mythology amongst many other sources.
“In many ways the images of mythological female characters I used to draw as a child have evolved and turned into my current practice. These early explorations into idealised female identity represent the beginnings of how the female form became the primary bearer of meaning in my work; a vehicle though which to explore themes of identity, mortality and a search for meaning in itself.”
She trained at University for the Creative Arts (200-04) and was awarded the Chelsea Arts Club Trust Award Grant to complete her MFA at Wimbledon College of Arts (2013-15). Rebecca is a Vice President to the Society of Women Artists, founded in 1857, where she takes on a curatorial role alongside being on the selection panel for their annual open exhibition at the Mall Galleries. The recipient of several awards, she has exhibited widely and 2017 saw her paint the first official portrait of MP and Green Party Leader Caroline Lucas. She continued her curatorial interest as a guest curator for Gallery Different’s, ‘Muse, Model or Mistress?’ exhibition in 2018. Her work can be found in both public and private collections.