Art Exhibit - Helen Cantrell's "Expressionist Landscapes"
May 7, 2013 –“The unplanned beauty of ordinary things” inspires Connecticut painter Helen Cantrell to create the vibrant, tactile oil landscape paintings that will be on exhibit at New Canaan Library. Ms. Cantrell’s work offers an abstract view of intriguing landscapes and seascapes, utilizing both actual maps and extreme close up photography as techniques for abstraction. Her work will be on display in the H. Pelham Curtis Gallery from May 12 – June 16, with an opening reception on Sunday, May 19, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The reception is open to the public and all are invited to attend.
Often it is the mundane, and not-so-beautiful, aspects of life that attract Cantrell’s eye –the dirt paths, broken down industrial towns and views glimpsed from the highway. She photographs it all, and thus the process begins for creating an oil painting. Some of her inspiration comes from her “painting heroes” - Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline Richard Diebenkorn and Joan Mitchell.
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Cantrell moved to New York City as a young woman to pursue her art education and has lived along the Northeastern coast for past 40 years, currently in Old Lyme, CT. She has studied painting and printmaking at numerous educational institutions, among them Washington University School of Fine Arts, Art Students League, New York City, and the School of the Museum of fine Arts, Boston, MA. Ms. Cantrell has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions throughout the metropolitan area. She has also been a participant in countless group exhibitions, both national and international, most recently the “69th Annual Connecticut Artists Exhibition,” The Slater Museum, Norwich, CT, and “The Human Touch: Five Printmakers” Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT.
“Expressionist Landscapes” is sponsored by the Art Committee, Friends of New Canaan Library. The curators for this show are Mary Moross and Susie Salomon.
Image: Badlands Smoke, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches