Lyndell Dean Wolff
“Lyndell Dean Wolff did not choose art as a career. It wasn’t a conscious decision to become an artist. Rather, it was just something that was always assumed; he was always referenced as being “the artistic one.” He can’t recall a time that he didn’t draw.
—Car Kulture DeLuxe
After spending thirty plus years working in the motion picture industry, I recently decided to focus all of my efforts into being a full-time artist.
My artwork is about paradoxes, represented visually with the language of narrative realism. I want to express the fascination I have for the infinite vistas within the details of the mundane, to share the epiphany of realizing what seems familiar and pointless is actually unique and limitless.
A brief personal history
I spent my childhood and young adult years in the east LA area of the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California. I worked as a woodcarver and attended Cal State Long Beach. During college, I was presented with an opportunity to work with a master woodworker. After a few years, the master woodworker and I acquired a business.
Our shop did designer prototypes, furniture, and art pieces. We also made architectural details, performed restorations, fabricated trade show exhibits, and built props. After my mentor-partner passed away, I shut the doors to our shop and went into full-time feature film work.
After a particularly grueling year (in the later ’90’s), I took some time off of film work and did a commissioned woodcarving for a local Catholic Parish. I also started to paint again. I had stopped painting shortly after dropping out of college. The ensuing years have been a patchwork of motion picture carpentry and personal projects.
In late 2016, I decided to show some of my work and see what kind of reaction it got.
I have been humbled and delighted by the response.