Bruce Helander

Mums the Word (4), 2019

Acrylic with embellishments on printed fabric

52 x 52 inches

Bruce Helander

A Flock of Flowers, 2019

Acrylic with embellishments on printed fabric

52 x 52 inches

Bruce Helander

Lilies, 2019

Acrylic with embellishments on printed fabric

52 x 52 inches

Bruce Helander

Nevermore, 2015

Acrylic with embellishments on canvas with printed background

58 x 40 5/8 inches

Bruce Helander

Ghost Horse, 2015

Acrylic with embellishments on canvas with printed background

58 x 40 7/8 inches

Bruce Helander

Ghost Horse, 2015

Acrylic on black velvet board with printed background

13 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches

Bruce Helander

Rodeo Rider, 2019

Acrylic on canvas with printed background

58 x 49 inches

Bruce Helander

Reflections: Double Your Fun, 2018

Acrylic with embellishments on canvas with printed background

21 1/2 x 38 inches

Bruce Helander
Macy's Mickey Mouse ca. 1934, 2018
Acrylic on canvas with embellishments, glitter and spray paint
82 x 56 inches

Bruce Helander

Garden Discovery, 2013

Acrylic on canvas with printed background

59 1/2 x 33 1/2 inches

Bruce Helander

Sidesplitter, 2009

Paper collage with gouache on museum board

12 1/2 x 11 inches

Bruce Helander

Triple Acoustics, 2019

Paper collage with embellishments on museum board

18 3/4 x 12 inches

Bruce Helander

Two Faces Have I (v.2), 2020

Acrylic with embellishments on canvas with printed background

78 x 50 inches

Bruce Helander

Two Faces Have I, 2019

Acrylic with embellishments on canvas with printed background

30 x 18 inches

Bruce Helander

Three of a Kind, 2019

Acrylic with embellishments on canvas with printed background

79 1/4 x 53 1/4 inches

Bruce Helander

Polka Dot Picasso, 2020

Acrylic with embellishments on canvas with printed background

77 1/4 x 50 inches

Bruce Helander

The Color of Money, 2020

Acrylic with embellishments on canvas with printed background

77 1/4 x 53 1/4 inches

Bruce Helander

Triple Acoustics, 2019

Acrylic with embellishments on canvas with printed background

79 1/4 x 50 1/4 inches

Bruce Helander: The Pre-arranged Marriage of Pablo & Other Scenic Viewpoints

Octavia Art Gallery | Houston

Online Exclusive

April 28 – May 22, 2020

While our Houston exhibition for Bruce Helander has been cancelled, Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present this solo exhibition of works, currently available for viewing online. 

 

Bruce Helander is considered the most prominent collage artist in America. The show follows his most recent exhibition in the Chelsea art district of Manhattan, where he introduced a series of large-scale works based on collage studies that incorporate imagery produced by Pablo Picasso in the 1930s. Helander worked exclusively in collage compositions since graduating from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, and later was a regular contributing artist to The New Yorker Magazine. During the last decade the artist pursued experiments in collage that were intended as maquettes for large scale paintings on canvas.

Helander’s mother, who also was an artist and attended the Rhode Island School of Design, introduced Bruce as a child to abstract expressionism and cubism through her art schoolbooks. Appropriation has been a central aesthetic ingredient in the artist’s work, as the materials utilized in collage are normally from the printed page, which he rearranges into an original composition.

 

·      “This work shows Helander’s strongest points as a collage artist -- an intelligent, unpretentious sense of both humor and design.” Amy Fine Collins, Art in America; editor, Vanity Fair

·      “Helander utilizes the formal structure of collage, with its juxtaposition of images, to open up to viewers multiple layers of reality.” Sandra Yolles, ARTnews

·      “Bruce Helander is a camp-it-up comedian, a shameless romantic, and an intelligent abstractionist:  this is an unusual combination.” Jed Perl, The New Criterion

·      “Bruce Helander masters his collages with wit, experience, and style.  He is the unrivaled eye.  His compositions toy, they entertain, they surprise, they awe.” Addison Parks, The Christian Science Monitor

·      “Signor Bruce -- egreggio collaggiore!  His clothes are a collage!  His whole house is a collage!  His whole weltanschauung is a collage.  Helander out-collages Braque.” Tom Wolfe

 


Helander works are represented in over fifty museum collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Norton Museum of Art.