|Non-figurative abstractionist Michael von Helms describes his paintings as dialogs between his inner self and a higher power.
Upon entering his studio, von Helms forgets everything but that which is before him and draws no references from anything but the canvases on which he paints. He surrenders himself to the journey.
"In the end it is not about attaining, but more about attempting," he says. "In my attempt I come face to face with the old realities of myself, and then, through 'hard payment,' rearrange and reconfigure simultaneously my inner self and the two dimensional surface of the work in progress."
Excerpt from "Painted Dialogue"
EDUCATION AND BACKGROUND
Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
BA Fine Art; BA Art History; Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
Currently residing in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Solo Exhibition, “The Ongoing Present Moment: Paintings from 1990-2011”, Matthews Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2010
Solo Exhibition, “Passionate Chaos,” Matthews Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
“Signs of Another Language I and II,” Deloney Newkirk Gallery, - Santa Fe, NM
New Mexico “Acclaimed Artists/Art in Public Places” program, - University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Anderson Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
Nancy Littlejohn Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Museum of Fine Art, Austin, TX
Gremillion Arts Gallery, Houston, TX
William Christopher Fine Art, Tucson, AZ
“Art Chicago,” Chicago, IL
Annual “New American Talent,” Austin, TX
Solo Exhibition Catalog
The Ongoing Present Moment: Paintings from 1990-2001, Matthews Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Western Art & Architecture, Spring/Summer
In the Studio Copy: Johnny D. Boggs
The Collector’s Guide to Art in New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Art Journey New Mexico
Santa Fean Magazine, Santa Fe, NM , June/July
A Glyph by Any Other Name
Painted Dialogue: Allegory Abstracted and the Art of Michael von Helms E. Luanne McKinnon, Ph.D., Director, University of New Mexico Art Museum
Albuquerque, NM; Fresco Fine Art Publications, Albuquerque, NM
Michael von Helms: Painter, Paintings, Solo Exhibition Catalog, Sena Galleries, Santa Fe, NM
Michael von Helms’ work is included in private collections throughout the United States. The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.