Tracy Helgeson Landscape Painting - Half & Half (Contemporary Minimalist Vertical Landscape in Magenta)
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Tracy Helgeson
Half & Half (Contemporary Minimalist Vertical Landscape in Magenta)

2016

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Half & Half (Contemporary Minimalist Vertical Landscape in Magenta) by Tracy Helgeson oil on birch panel, 36 x 24 x 1.5 inches Ready to hang as is, no frame required, Edges of panel are painted soft black Helgeson saturates a panel with layers of paint, carefully building up and glazing the surface in a slow, tedious process. In this abstract painting derived from a landscape, she juxtaposes fields of radiant color using high intensity tints that reflect the maximum amount of light. Helgeson distills the contours of nature into bold swathes of color, where edges bleed into borders and then disappear. It's about using color to explore form. Sometimes it's the contrast between the active or lighter value hues against the passive or darker value hues that makes these paintings interesting. She's also not afraid to juxtapose saturated tones of pink and magenta with cooler pastels or dark blues to create a visual tension that is surprising and electrifying. In a painted style and theme similar to Edward Hopper, Helgeson embraces true American values with her paintings of rural settings. The scenes evoke a scene that is classic in its timelessness. There is no telling when the image was created, because the same scenery could exist today. About the Artist: Tracy Helgeson is inspired by the architecture of the landscape. The softly rolling hills, winding country roads and shimmering poplar trees surrounding her home outside Cooperstown offer sanctuary and stimulation for this one-time graphic designer/illustrator. Many viewers will recognize the overtones of painters Hans Hoffman, Wolf Kahn and Mark Rothko in Helgeson's luminous paintings. Although Helgeson borrows from the visual languages of these established artists, she also adds a distinctly personal inflection to her work. She is closest in feel to Kahn - in the choice and use of her colors and tendency for strong diagonal compositions. Though pictorial interpretations of the landscape are also common for both artists, Helgeson isn't afraid to venture into abstraction. There is a dissonance of color and contrast in some of these paintings that couldn't work in the hands of a less capable artist. Helgeson's paintings are the images that linger in your mind's eye after an autumn sunset or a drive by a wheat field on a hot summer day; you recall everything as being a little more vivid, a little brighter and turned up a notch or two so you won't forget it. Tracy Helgeson was born in Minnesota, in 1964. She attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1983, majoring in Graphic Design. She also attended the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) where she studied illustration. Philadelphia was a great influence on Tracy and it was there that her work began to take on a unique style. She also learned the under painting skills and glazing techniques that distinguish her current work. In 2003, Tracy and her family moved to upstate New York. With the children in school, she has finally been able to devote more time and energy to her personal work. Tracy began painting landscapes, greatly inspired by the natural beauty surrounding the farmhouse that she lives and works in.

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  • Condition
    New
  • Dimensions
    H 36 in. x W 24 in. x D 1.5 in.H 91.44 cm x W 60.96 cm x D 3.81 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Hudson, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU2273552271
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