Theo Wolvecamp began to paint during the war, and from 1945 to 1947 he attended the art academy in Arnhem. During this period he was keenly interested in German and Flemish expressionism.
Co-founder Dutch Experimental Group
In 1947 he settled in Amsterdam, and after a short flirtation with cubism he developed his own world of spontaneously applied symbols.
Wolvecamp was a co-founder of the Dutch Experimental Group in 1948, when he was already busy with experiments.
He destroyed much of his own work
Among other things he used sand in his paintings. He left the CoBrA movement in 1949 after the exhibition in the Stedelijk Museum, but became a member again in 1951.
Not much of his work from the CoBrA period has survived, as he destroyed much whose results did not satisfy him.
In the café
A painting designed by Wolvekamp can be found in Cobra Café. This painting is also on our pinafore.