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    Helaine Blumenfeld OBE

    Solitude IV

    Solitude IV

  • About Helaine Blumenfeld

    Helaine Blumenfeld studied in Paris with the Russian cubist sculptor Zadkine, and now works in Italy and Grantchester.  She makes abstract sculptures from bronze and Carrara marble.

    All three of the prints in the New Hall Art Collection relate to the interlocking forms of her sculptures.  A Celtic Tale relates to the multipartite sculpture Earth Mother, which she made for the Dance Event of the Year at Madison Square Gardens in New York in 1987. Earth Mother consisted of separate abstract forms, which were reassembled by the dancers to create the form of a reclining female figure.

    The ease with which Blumenfeld positions her sculpture in the magical zone between abstraction and figuration has been the key to her success.  By not directly imitating the human fiigure, but instead instilling within her work something of nature's immutable essence, her compositions speak directly and eloquently to our shared humanity.

    Nicola Upson wrote of her work: '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'.

    A Celtic Tale III [1987]
    Screenprint, 11/15, 56.5 x 76 cms
    Donated by the artist 1992

    Solitude IV [1987]
    Screenprint, artist's proof, 56.5 x 76 cms
    Donated by the artist 1992

    Figurative Landscape [2001]
    Clear resin/mixed media, 137.5 x 92 cms
    Donated by the artist 2003.

    Transformation [2003]
    Etching, 1/15, 23 x 29 cms
    Donated by the artist 2003.