Michael von Helms

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Michael  von Helms formatting 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."

Check out Michael's paintings in our collection and learn more about him on the Matthews Gallery blog.

Excerpt from "Painted Dialogue"

EDUCATION AND BACKGROUND

1939

Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

1960-1965

BA Fine Art; BA Art History; Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado

1966-1967

Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York

Currently residing in Santa Fe, New Mexico

EXHIBITIONS

2011

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

2008/2009

“Signs of Another Language I and II,” Deloney Newkirk Gallery, - Santa Fe, NM

2006-2007

New Mexico “Acclaimed Artists/Art in Public Places” program, - University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

2002-2005

Anderson Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

1999-2002

Nancy Littlejohn Fine Arts, Houston, TX

1996

Museum of Fine Art, Austin, TX

1994-1996

Gremillion Arts Gallery, Houston, TX

1993-1994

William Christopher Fine Art, Tucson, AZ

1992/1993

“Art Chicago,” Chicago, IL

1991/1992

Annual “New American Talent,” Austin, TX

PUBLICATIONS

2011

Solo Exhibition Catalog

The Ongoing Present Moment: Paintings from 1990-2001, Matthews Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2009

Western Art & Architecture, Spring/Summer

In the Studio Copy: Johnny D. Boggs

2009

The Collector’s Guide to Art in New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Art Journey New Mexico

2008

Santa Fean Magazine, Santa Fe, NM , June/July

A Glyph by Any Other Name

2006

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

1991

Michael von Helms: Painter, Paintings, Solo Exhibition Catalog, Sena Galleries, Santa Fe, NM

COLLECTIONS

Michael von Helms’ work is included in private collections throughout the United States. The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.


ARTICLES

  Michael_Von_Helms_Artist_Biography.pdf
  MvHSantaFeanarticle1.pdf
  MvH_Western_Art___Architecture_2009.pdf