Helene Halstuch


Contact Information

lumenarte@aol.com

Phone: 215-248-4227

http://www.helenehalstuch.com/

Philadelphia, PA 19118

Please contact artist or gallery for purchases, commissions, etc.

Painting

Archived Work

Artist's Biography

Helene Halstuch lived in England and France for twenty years where she exhibited extensively before returning to the US. In 1995. Her landscapes, still lifes and monotypes are expressively painted and her use of light are reminiscent of Bonnard, Van Gogh and Cezanne. Halstuch paints in the Lot Valley in South West France where she lives part of the year, choosing tranquil and at times, mysterious subjects. Her still lifes are equally strong with vivid colors and luscious brush strokes. Halstuch reinvents the monotype and uses it as an underlay for pastel and ink which creates a lively surface quality and vibrant image.

Artist's Statement

Many times while I paint, I feel like a conjurer, taking color, mixing it and applying it to a board or canvas. I am fascinated by the way a mark, which is expressive, can also be representational and how a gesture or density of paint can have duality.

At times I feel as if I am composing a piece of music, with each mark a note. Applying, subtracting, enlarging, simplifying, until harmony is reaches. I am attracted to the mysterious and subtle. The play of light, color and form of the three dimensional world is food for the visual appetite.

I attempt to achieve the recognizable but not the immediate, preferring the image to unfold and surprises to be found. Each painting has a strong relationship to the previous one and ideas develop and evolve as I am continuously challenged by the pursuit.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo

2006
Cosmopolitan Club, Philadelphia, PA

2003
Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2001
Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1991
Galerie d'Art, Cahors, France

Two-Person

1994
Office du Tourisme, Luzech, France

1993
Galerie Marie Helene Bou, Decazeville, France

Office de Tourisme, Prayssac, France

Galerie d'Art, Cahors, France

1987
Ben Uri Gallery of Art, London, England

1980
Two Women Exhibition, Ben Uri Gallery of Art, London, England

Group

2009
Four Person Exhibition, Chestnut Hill Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Chestnut Hill Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2007
Four Person Exhibition, Chestnut Hill Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2006
Landscape Exhibition, Schuylkill Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2005
Morris Arboretum Benefit Exhibition, Carol Schwartz Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2003
Anniversary Exhibition, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Muse 25th Anniversary, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA

2002
Anniversary Exhibition, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

2000
New Members Exhibition, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Anniversary Exhibition, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1996
Woodmere Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Beatrice Royal Art Gallery, Southampton, England

1995
Beatrice Royal Art Gallery, Southampton, England

1994
Galerie Marie Helene Bou, Decazeville, France

Inaugural Exhibition, Beatrice Royal Art Gallery, Southampton, England

Exhibition of Three Artists, Galerie Artemporal, Montpellier, France

1993
Galerie Marie Helene Bou, Decazeville, France

Centre Cultural d'Agen, France

1991
Three Person Exhibition, Galerie Artemporal, Montpellier, France

1990
Exhibition of Three Artists, Talbot Fine Arts, Tetbury, England

1989
Exhibition of Four Artists, Woodlands Art Gallery, London, England

The Ice House, Holland Park, London, England

1983
Ben Uri Gallery Of Art, London, England

1981
Royal Academy of Art, London, England

1979
Ben Uri Art Gallery, London, England

Other
2003 - 2008
Philadelphia Open Studio Tour, Philadelphia, PA

Professional Affiliations

Member, Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

Collections

Public and private collections - England, France, Netherlands, Australia, USA, Canada

Public Works

Mural for the London Borough of Southwark

Education

1978
London University Institute of Education, London, England
Art Teacher's Certificate

1977
Central School of Art, London, England
BA, Fine Art Painting

1974
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY