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Helaine Bluemfeld

Helaine Bluemfeld
Helaine Bluemfeld
Helaine Bluemfeld
Helaine Bluemfeld
Helaine Bluemfeld
Helaine Bluemfeld
Helaine Bluemfeld
Mysteries, Unique marble Berkley Square London W1 2012

Helaine Blumenfeld is recognized as one of Britain’s leading contemporary sculptors working in marble and bronze. In a career spanning more than four decades, her work has been shown in over 70 exhibitions worldwide. She has completed more than 80 commissions and her sculptures have been sited in public and private settings throughout the UK, Europe and the USA.

Elected Vice-President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors (2004–2009), in 2007 she became the first and only female winner of the prestigious International Sculpture Prize, ‘Pietrasanta e la Versilia nel Mondo’. That year Blumenfeld exhibited at Het Depot Sculpture Gallery in Wageningen, The Netherlands. This was a major presentation which Helaine considers to be one of her most important public exhibitions. In 2010 ‘Blumenfeld in the Town Hall, Oslo’ took place under the curatorship of Anfinsen Kunst.

Blumenfeld has used her public profile to broaden access to and appreciation of her medium, initiating and organizing regular exhibitions at the Harold Martin Botanical Gardens in Leicester and at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. In July 2011 she was one of the few non-British artists ever to have been awarded an Honorary OBE for her outstanding contribution to art.
Helaine Blumenfeld is an artist who is continually reinventing herself in the search for a vocabulary of form. Sculpture, for her, is never concerned simply with observation or narrative, but with experience, with a knowledge which is far from obvious but which advances us in our understanding of who we are and how we fit into the world around us. Blumenfeld's work communicates on a number of different levels, visual and imaginative, tactile and emotional, but underlying everything is an insistence on growth and development. For both artist and viewer, this sculpture represents a journey of revelation and discovery.

Nicola Upson

At the beginning of her career, Blumenfeld worked as an assistant to the Russian Cubist sculptor Ossip Zadkine in his Paris studio. Such was the idiosyncratic nature of the sculptural style Zadkine evolved over his long career that critics coined the term ‘the Genre Zadkine’ to describe his work. Today, the same might be said of Helaine Blumenfeld, whose singular vision has brought us the ‘Genre Blumenfeld’, a style forged from a sculptural grammar that is entirely her own.

Finding and developing a unique creative voice in sculpture is not as straightforward as one might imagine. The task is all the more difficult when working in demanding materials such as clay, stone and bronze, which require skills that can only be acquired through decades of persistent experimentation and rigorous discipline. And let us not assume that traditional approaches to making sculpture – the modelling of clay, the carving of marble, understanding the complexities of bronze-founding, and so on – present purely manual challenges that an apprenticeship can bestow. In fact, they demand the union of hand and eye, the harmonious marriage of skill and imagination, sensitivity to both concept and craft.

Tom Flynn

Categories: SCULPTURE      
Materials: Marble      
Width: 140   Height: 260  

Price:  POA


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