Featured Artist – Helen Canetta

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Featured Artist

Helen Canetta – Belmont, MA

My creativity often leads me to the edge of the figurative and non-figurative abstract worlds, luring me back and forth across this delicate yet impactful divide on my artistic journey.

Abstract is the art form which speaks to me the loudest because it leads the viewers and painters alike on a thrilling path of discovery where the rational mind no longer dictates how things are or should be and where anything and everything is palpable and resonates if only we allow ourselves the freedom to stop thinking.

In today’s world, the mind desperately craves a reprieve or harbor, a safe and fun playground of its very own without rules to abide by. Abstract art represents the utmost level of freedom to me.

Being of French and Hungarian origin, I grew up outside of Paris until I moved to America in my late teens. A self-taught artist who started as a pencil drawing enthusiast then as a devoted collage artist. I am today an acrylic painter residing in the Boston, Massachusetts area in the USA. During this lifelong artistic journey, I went from pencil drawing in black and white to living in an imaginary world filled with the most vivid and chaotic color and shapes. My most recent collection called “Lunar Landscapes” marks a significant self-discovery breakthrough and projects the inner peace and introspection which have recently and slowly seeped through me. Using a limited color palette of sober and muted shades was a huge departure for me which thrilled me and wasan absolute necessity to best explore the themes of my new solo show which centers on self-discovery, reflection, deep introspection and reevaluation of the self and the world around us. Through this experience and therapeutic journey, I have developed a new passion for these earthy and deeply muted colors which speak of the human spirit with so much poetry and insight. Texture has become a key element to my work even with purely non-figurative pieces. Each new project starts with blissful hours of prepping my canvas to give it the proper grit or texture it needs to support and accentuate the rest of the work.

While I have an unconditional appetite and appreciation for all painting styles and periods from the prehistoric cave murals onwards, my era of choice englobes expressionism and post-expressionism and my favorite Painter Masters would absolutely include Egon Schiele, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Willem De Kooning, Kees van Dongen, Marc Chagall as well as contemporary maestros such as German sculptor and painter Anselm Kiefer for their brilliant and audacious vision, the vigor and melancholy injected in their timeless work.

 Lunar Landscapes: Transcendental I Medium Acrylic on Canvas Size 48" H x 24" W

Lunar Landscapes: Transcendental I
Acrylic on Canvas
48″ H x 24″ W
 Lunar Landscapes: Crests Medium Acrylic on Canvas Size 40" H x 30" W

Lunar Landscapes: Crests
Acrylic on Canvas
40″ H x 30″ W
 Lunar Landscapes: Transcendental II Medium Acrylic on Canvas Size 48" H x 24" W

Lunar Landscapes: Transcendental II
Acrylic on Canvas
48″ H x 24″ W
 Lunar Landscapes: Am I Here Alone? Medium Acrylic on Canvas Size 48"L x 18" H

Lunar Landscapes: Am I Here Alone?
Acrylic on Canvas
48″L x 18″ H