Born in Warsaw c. 1876, artist Alfred Wolmark moved to England with his family in 1883. He died in 1961.
In the Synagogue by Alfred Wolmark (1906), a key work in the Ben Uri permanent collection.
Alfred Wolmark biography
Born in Warsaw, and moved to England with his family in 1883, first to Devon and then to the East End. He trained at the Royal Academy (from 1895), exhibiting there (1901-36), as well as with the Allied Artists Association (1908-16) and the International Society (1911-25).
He had his first solo exhibition at Bruton Galleries in London (1905). Wolmark’s teenage years in London’s East End and two lengthy stays in his native Poland between 1903-6, had a huge visual and spiritual, impact on his early Rembrandtesque work.
In July 1911, after an artistic epiphany on honeymoon in Concarneau, Brittany, Wolmark jettisoned his early methods in favour of the ‘New Art’ and embarked upon the pioneering ‘colourist’ path that he followed for the next two decades of his working life. Wolmark exhibited regularly with the Ben Uri Art Society, as well as at the Grafton (1911, 1916, 1917) and Whitechapel Galleries (1910, 1914, 1927, 1956).
In 1915 he co-founded the JAAS (Jewish Association of Arts and Sciences) with Adrian Alfred Woolfstein (Adrian Wolfe). Despite enjoying success within the Jewish community, Wolmark was rejected from The London Group (1914) and the Royal Academy (1938).
Alfred Wolmark died in 1961. There are 27 works by Alfred Wolmark in the Ben Uri collection.
Work by Alfred Wolmark in the Ben Uri collection
Portrait of Mrs Ethel Solomon in Riding Habit
Portrait of Mrs Herbert Cohen
Portrait Sketch of a Girl
Tulips and Daffodils
In the Synagogue
Men of Old
Portrait of Israel Zangwill
Portrait of J. Seres
Portrait of Leopold Gottlieb
Fourteen Illustrations to the works Israel Zangwill
1 / 2, Untitled (Man on a Horse with a Sword)
3 The Master
4 Dreamers of the Ghetto
5 The Celibates Club
6 They that Walk in Darkness
7 The Mantle of Elijah
8 The Grey Wig
9 Ghetto Comedies
10 Jinny the Carrier
11 Mad Peggy
12 The Melting Pot
13 The Cockpit
14 The Forcing House