Helt draws inspiration from the works of Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Ed Moses, Ed Ruscha, Chuck Arnoldi, Dennis Hopper, Andy Warhol, Elaine de Kooning, and Lee Krasner. Helt’s art explores the artist’s communion with physical movement expressed through wide gestural brushstrokes, which create a dialogue of balanced action painting with the sublime.
Like the rebellious artists of Los Angeles before her, Helt uses abstract expressionist techniques, natural resources, modern mediums, and chemical components to communicate to the audience. Helt is a quintessential product of her environment using resin as a topcoat of her paintings, like the surfboards of Venice Beach. And, like the artists of the 1970’s in the galleries of La Cienega, Helt pays homage to the New York Art world using the “action painters” techniques while drawing from her surroundings. This can be seen in her painting, Lyceum, which boasts a color palate and ebb and flow that represents the years she lived on Lyceum Avenue in Mar Vista. The powerful image draws one in with stimulation and bathes the viewer in calm undertones; it is as if being transported onto the street itself. Helt’s art has been collected in the Venice Art Community for over 10 years and is happily owned in many private collections across the United States.
On April 2nd, 2014, Waterloo and City is displaying an exhibition of Helt’s abstract works—her closely guarded work will have its time to shine. Gretchen Helt Gallery, Waterloo and City, and Wheel House Cheese are pleased to present these intimate and beautiful works.
Exhibition at Waterloo & City, co-sponsored by: Wheel House Cheese Shop
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