b. 1984, Portland, Oregon
Lives and works in New York

Helvie's work deals directly with the act of seeing, obsessive looking, and optical ambiguity.  Pulling from art history, television and film, his paintings act as props and icons: objects that glean meaning from their context and point to a larger system of understanding.

His new painting series, O, capture loading Instagram images initially taken as screen captures from the artist's personal feed and then painstakingly rendered in oils. The new works seamlessly move between abstraction and photorealism, presenting a foggy and filtered reality where all subjects are equally obscured. These purposefully unclear compositions, still “loading”, present a peaceful limbo. In contrast to the immediacy of social media and the digital age, Helvie’s paintings offer an inherent slowness: in order to really see the image, they demand patience, submission and meditative appreciation.


See Artist CV: here

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