William Wolk (1951-2022)

“Bubblicious” – Portrait of Wavy Gravy

Oil on Canvas 36"x24"

William Wolk's portrait of Seva Co-Founder Wavy Gravy, Bubblicious

William Wolk (1951-2022)
“Bubblicious” – Portrait of Wavy Gravy
Oil on Canvas 36"x24"



An Enduring Masterpiece to Create Lasting Change

Art enables us to see the world through a new lens and make a difference through it.

It is by no insignificant serendipity that the art of William Wolk (1951-2022) captures the rainbow essence of Seva Co-Founder, Wavy Gravy. The thread that ties Wolk and his wife Marie to our foundation is deep and meaningful. For nearly a quarter century, they have supported Seva as charitable donors and tireless advocates because of their personal conscious awareness and commitment to help people 'see' on so many levels.

In celebration of Wavy's 86th birthday and in support of the philanthropic work of the Seva Foundation, Wolk honors the playful spirit with vision, color, and a bit of joyful whimsey that is Wavy Gravy, in "Bubblicious" the final piece the artist completed prior to his passing this past May.

Not unlike the founders of Seva, William Wolk used his passion and artistic gifts to express his vision and bring his unique insight to the world through his inimitable art. It is fitting that this brilliant piece, filled with love and light, comes to us so that we can transform this 'energy' toward the work of our foundation through your generous auction bid this coming fall. All proceeds benefit our sight-restoration efforts – keep an eye out for more details.

Yours in gratitude,

Kate Moynihan
Executive Director
Seva Foundation

Marie Wolk
William Wolk Fine Art

In the meantime, learn more about the inspiration behind the portrait from Wolk directly, through this pre-recorded video in the artists' own voice:




About the artist:

Miami born William Wolk began drawing free-hand charcoal portraits at just 8 years old. By age nine, he was already diligently painting in oils at his rickety easel. When he was 18, the gifted young artist moved to Italy to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, intensely engaged in self-study throughout the city's magnificent museums and cathedrals. When he returned home the following year, he launched his artistic career with a vibrant one-man show, devoting the rest of his life to his passion: his art.

Wolk's work can be found in the collections of:

  • President G.W. Bush; Presidential Archive
  • USGA Museum; Permanent Collection
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov; Personal Archive
  • Tom Clancy; Author
  • Guilford College Museum of Art; Permanent Collection
  • William Como; Editor in Chief Dance Magazine
  • Chairpersons, Presidents and CEO’s of numerous Fortune 500 Corporations, Private collectors throughout the United States and several European and South American countries.


Seva is truly honored that William Wolk entrusted his artistry and last work to our worthy cause.

If you have any questions about the auction or William Wolk, his life and work, you can write to give@seva.org or visit www.williamwolk.com.



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