As a contemporary artist, I’ve always been drawn to the fusion of past artists works and the idea of modern art innovation. This piece embodies that very essence. My journey with it began by organically blending geometrical forms, serving as a testament to the beautiful interplay between nature and human-made constructs.
Using a very large canvas set the stage for something impactful. On it, I navigated the intricacies of negative space and reveled in the allure of symmetrical balance. Every shape, every shade, was thoughtfully chosen and placed for maximum impact. The colours weren’t just random selections; they were inspired by the earthy tones we find in our environment and those rare, almost mystical shades that aren’t often seen.
While the initial phases of the work bore echoes of the Colour Field and Minimalistic movements of the 1970s — reminiscent of trailblazers like Thomas Nozkowski and Frank Stella — it was clear that my contemporary spirit sought more. After showcasing this painting in various settings, it was undeniable: the canvas whispered for a touch that was uniquely mine, an infusion of my vibrant essence.
Heeding this call, I welcomed the piece back into the embrace of my studio. Here, I let my instincts lead the way, allowing colours and forms to dictate the next steps. Each brushstroke, infused with passion, added depth, vitality, and intensity to the evolving piece.
The culmination of this journey is an oil painting that isn’t just art—it’s a part of me. Vibrant and emotive, it stands as a testament to the journey of a contemporary artist, bridging the past and the present in a visual celebration. It now is truly my own work letting go of the constraints of imitation and letting loose my own creative journey.
Helen Fidler seeks to create beautiful spaces that evoke strong emotions in her audience. Her bold and unique visual vocabulary observes her favourite artists and architects, such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Jackson Pollock. She free-flows from surrealism into an unrestrained abstract style when she paints, which carries over into her interiors when decorating clients’ homes. “My art is an expression of how I work through the troublesome realities of this world in a way that hopes to bring beauty to everything I touch,” she explains. For her, designing gorgeous interiors and creating stimulating paintings are essential to making the world around her a more beautiful space.