Continuing her life-long journey through a myriad of creative artistic phases, Canadian born master artist Hélène DeSerres beautifully expresses her passion for our planet through the mediums of photography, sculpture, jewelry design, watercolor, and combined media with oil on canvas.
Hélène DeSerres is an award-winning artist whose work traverses various interdisciplinary ranges from photography, acrylic paintings to sculptures. Her techniques vary from abstract paintings, photo surrealism, impressionism, acrylic & watercolor painting to sculpture designs.
Heavily influenced by her natural surroundings, Deserres is in the forefront against the destruction of wildlife’s natural habitat and the overall preservation of the environment. Her love for nature has been her drive to campaign for the conservation of our ecosystem with her art, becoming a key player in the fight for the environment.
What are the core fundamental themes of your work?
In the last few years, I ha been producing abstract work , the result of intuitive painting. Playing with colours, exploring various techniques for different effects. Very often, I would see various characters hidden in the paintings. I explored that for a while.
These last months, as a challenge to myself, I started making faces, from an Indefinite background. Interesting images emerged and it was a lot of fun to see what appeared. I also included texture .So I challenged myself with previous abstracts and give them a new life with faces. They began to have a mask like appearance.
How has your practice changed over time?
”Since my kids left the nest and my job as a mother was over I could become a full-time artist. I then did many watercolors for about 8-10 years. However, I wanted to expand and learn other techniques, like image transfer so I could use my photography as a source of new paintings. I rediscovered acrylics and fell in love with the bright pigments. I explored image transfer, and did much experimentation; the subject matter was most realistic. Gradually with various acrylic mediums, I did more abstract work. I like to play with colors and gestural movements. Shapes appear, I develop them and am always surprised by the discoveries! Recently I started making faces, a challenge since I was never good at it. It can be amusing, for a while.”
Using various media, DeSerres models new and intriguing work using textures, transparencies and vibrant colors that elicit the mysteries of human emotion and narrates the surrealism of the images.
Meet the artist at the opening of her Solo Exhibition “Heads Up” this Friday October 11th at 7 pm at the Grimandi Art Gallery in Manhattan.