HELEN SHULKIN

Helen Shulkin’s painting speaks of rigorous academic training that translate to effortless, feeling-drenched compositions. 

"Crescendo," courtesy of Helen Shulkin, helen-shulkin.com
“Crescendo,” courtesy of Helen Shulkin, helen-shulkin.com

The artist dissects scenes with their lines of roofs, houses, and fences and puts them back together with a transfusion of resonant color.  Her lines are loose, dynamic and convey an ease of movement while her color calculations produce variegated patches that cover her surfaces with shapes that form an evocative visual rhythm.

"Cafe in Xabia," courtesy of Helen Shulkin, helen-shulkin.com
“Cafe in Xabia,” courtesy of Helen Shulkin, helen-shulkin.com

Color is my air…

Color is my jazz…

Color is absorbed in me…

Color fills me…

Color flows throw my veins…

Color dissolves in me…

Color burns me…

Color freezes me…

Color picks me up…

Color carries me over the streets…

Color throws me inside of the streets…

Color finds me behind the streets…

Color finally frees me… 

Shulkin’s imagination is full of color that brings her art to life.  The artist says, the streets desperately need new color because then they start playing true jazz.  Similarly, the artist’s color reverberations evoke the mood of the places that she represents, along with her reaction to it.

"Cafe under the hornbeams," courtesy of Helen Shulkin, helen-shulkin.com
“Cafe under the hornbeams,” courtesy of Helen Shulkin, helen-shulkin.com

In her commentary of Café under the hornbeams, the artist says:

Drinking my coffee I was waiting for … the fantastic people of Mithymna.  They appear suddenly and move in another time dimension.  They are not in a hurry, like the clocks in metropolises.  They are authentic and seem to know some secret.  I tried to comprehend this mystery, … tried to be one of them.

There are layers of intrigue in Helen Shulkin’s work.  If her skill and ability to portray the vibration of a place with its sometimes unfamiliar people is impressive, glimpses of her passionate spirit are disarming.