Rossetta Woolf

Rossetta Woolf's early work in London included children's book illustration, privately commissioned murals and, especially, a continued practice of water-colour painting, often depicting mythical or ‘fabulous' creatures which have remained an ongoing theme in her work.

 

She collaborated with companion and mentor Aleph Kamal on a deck of playing cards, amongst other works.

 

In 1980, Rossetta and fellow artist Sharon Burn were invited by Sting to  illustrate a children’s book, based on the lyrics of the song “Message in a bottle”.  Later, she provided the illustrations for the children’s book “Under the Storyteller’s Spell” by Faustin Charles, of Caribbean folk tales.

 

In 1990, Woolf moved to France and was closely involved with the Azazel Institute non-profit Arts Foundation and divided her time between a wide range art works for the Institute, including a large painted plaster sculpture depicting a half-woman half-lion interpretation of the La Force card from the Tarot, and co-creating the Musée Lilim in the Mediaeval cite of Carcassonne, with Peter Lamia, where she created many artworks, including an extensive fresque depicting the Gnostic interpretation of the creation myth.

During this time she painted the Aleph Tarot, in collaboration with Kamal and Lamia, which was published in a limited edition by Lilim.

 

Subsequently she lived in Spain, still collaborating with the Azazel Institute, and expanding her range to include computer graphics collages.

 

She had a number of joint and solo exhibitions in these three countries.

 

Upon moving to South Africa, Rossetta has exhibited in galleries locally and she collaborated on the creation of Villa Kruger, the legendary arthouse and sculpture garden, created by the renowned artist and philosopher Hennie Boshoff, in the Groot Karoo.