Eric Helvie’s wide-ranging practice is centered around investigating representation, the act of rendering, and seeing. Helvie began as a figure painter early in his career, and slowly became dissatisfied with the representational promise of his photo-realist works. Describing himself as having “a tense relationship with representation”, Helvie then began creating abstract paintings. His most recent bodies of work combine images drawn from television and films with pattern and “decorative abstraction” that mire, compromise and obscure the surface. These, along with his series of scales works, remind viewers of inherently constructed, distorted reality that painting presents.
Helvie was born in Portland OR, and currently works and lives in New York, NY. His work has been shown at Massey Lyuben Gallery, New York, NY; SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, NY; Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY; Natalie Kates Projects, New York, NY; and Gallery Hijinks, San Francisco, CA, among others.
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About Eric Helvie
American, b. 1984, Portland, OR, United States, based in New York, NY, United States