RECEPTION FRIDAY AUGUST 24, 7-9pm
Abstract artist Helen Shulman’s immediacy with our native surroundings has long been the inspiration for her arresting oil paintings. In her solo exhibition “Value Judgements”, Shulman’s focus shifts from a broader interpretation of landscape to its very elements. Her recent works are evocative of geologic discoveries – rich in texture, color and line, in essence, like cross sections of earth and magnified details of the natural environment.
Shulman’s process begins with an underpainting that is stable enough to sustain subsequent layers, the framework informed by a dramatic composition from one of the Hudson River Painters, or often a figure study or outdoor sketch Shulman has herself previously drawn. Complex layers of color, purposefully scraped and sanded at various stages to create depth and contrast, begin to take form further developing the painting in much the same way an architectural structure is actualized – from the inside out. Shulman notes that starting a painting is more intellectual, while ending is more emotional. Like a friendship, developing a relationship with a painting starts from the outside and works in, and it is the artist’s objective to create a finished surface that invites the eye to linger and ultimately encourages us to dive in.
Shulman’s work has been exhibited throughout New England and the Eastern Seaboard, and has been featured in several publications including Art New England Magazine and Still Point Arts Quarterly. Her work is included in numerous public and private collections including the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center among others.
Meet the artist Friday August 24th from 7 to 9pm.