MICHAEL VON HELMS

CV
MICHAEL VON HELMS CV

Michael von Helms is a Houston-based painter who works in the tradition of non-figurative abstract expressionism. He describes his paintings as dialogues between his inner self and the canvas. When he paints he surrenders himself to the process and allows his emotions and intellect to become fused with the final work. Upon entering his studio, von Helms forgets everything but that which is before him and draws no references from anything but the canvas on which he paints. He states, "In the end it is not about attaining, but more about attempting. In my attempt I come face to face with the old realities of myself, and then, through 'hard payment' rearrange and reconfigure simultaneously my inner self and the two dimensional surface of the work in progress." The evolution of Von Helms's work has moved from the straight, simple yet dramatic petroglyph-like images of the '80s into the sophisticated, energetic bold-color canvases of the '90s. Today he may repaint a single canvas as many as five times, giving his paintings a surface of thick and thin overlays with a palpable sense of edge and energy. Von Helms says, "When my process is pushed hard enough, long enough, the work and I seem to turn around a point and slip into a state of resolution. The curtain comes down, the play is finished. For the moment, all confusion, unknowing, and tension has been exhausted. Darkness is made visible. The emotions within me, the world outside, and the painting are all, at last, united. There is communication. It becomes a kind of salvation."

b. Bryn Mar, Pennsylvania, 1939

EDUCATION

1960 - 1965:
BA Fine Arts/Graphics; BA Art History
Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
 
1966-1967:
Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
 
1967 - 1968:
Graduate work, Fine Art/Art History
Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
 
1968 - 1973:
Freelance/Professional Photographer 
Rhode Island and New York City, NY
 
1973 - 1987:
Advertising Photographer, Houston, TX
 
1981 - 1988:
Began Fine Art Painting/Graphics, Houston, TX
 
1987 - 2016:
Fine Art Painter, Santa Fe, NM
 
2016 - Current:
Fine Art Painter, Houston, TX
 
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
 
2019:
"Soul Work," Dimmitt Contemporary Art, Houston, TX
 
2015:
"Sum of Destructions," WALL Gallery, Dallas, TX
 
2014:
"Paintings as Dialogue," WALL Gallery, Dallas, TX
 
2011:
"The Ongoing Present Moment," Matthews Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
 
2010:
"Passionate Chaos," Matthews Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
 
2008:
"Signs of Another Language," Deloney Newkirk Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
 
2003:
Anderson Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
 
1996 - 1997:
The New Gallery, Houston, TX
 
1994 - 1995:
Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Houston, TX
 
1993:
William Christopher Gallery, Tucson, AZ
 
1991 - 1992:
"Michael von Helms: Painter, Paintings," Sena Galleries, Santa Fe, NM
 
1989:
No. 11 East Ashland Place Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
 
1987 - 1988:
Ogilvie & Mather Advertising, Houston, TX
 
1985 - 1986:
Marshak Advertising Agency, Houston, TX
 
1984:
Craig, Lamm, Hensley & Alderman Advertising, Houston, TX
M.C.C. & M. Advertising, Houston, TX
 
1983:
Craig, Lamm, Hensley & Alderman Advertising, Houston, TX
 
1982:
Alabama Street Atelier/Gallery, Houston, TX
 
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
 
2018:
"Emergence," Dimmitt Contemporary Art, Houston, TX
 
2007:
Deloney Newark Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
 
2006:
"Acclaimed Artists/Art in Public Places," State of New Mexico Program
 
2004 - 2005:
Desert Academy School, Santa Fe, NM
Anderson Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
 
2002:
Anderson Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
 
1998 - 1999:
Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art, Houston, TX
 
1994 - 1995:
Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Houston, TX
 
1992:
"Art Chicago," Chicago, IL
 
1991:
"New American Talent," A Juried Group Show
Juror: Richard Marshall, Whitney Museum of American Art Texas Fine Arts Association
Laguna Gloria AustinMuseum of Art, Austin, TX
 
1990 - 1991:
New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM
 
1990:
Sena Galleries, Santa Fe, NM
 
1987 - 1990:
Houston Art Directors Annual Fine Art Auction, Houston, TX
 
1986:
"Fresh Paint I," Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
 
1985:
"Synergy '85," Glassell School of Art, Houston, TX
2007:
Deloney Newark Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
 
2006:
"Acclaimed Artists/Art in Public Places," State of New Mexico Program
 
2004 - 2005:
Desert Academy School, Santa Fe, NM
Anderson Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
 
2002:
Anderson Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
 
1998 - 1999:
Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art, Houston, TX
 
1994 - 1995:
Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Houston, TX
 
1992:
"Art Chicago," Chicago, IL
 
1991:
"New American Talent," A Juried Group Show
Juror: Richard Marshall, Whitney Museum of American Art Texas Fine Arts Association
Laguna Gloria AustinMuseum of Art, Austin, TX
 
1990 - 1991:
New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM
 
1990:
Sena Galleries, Santa Fe, NM
 
1987 - 1990:
Houston Art Directors Annual Fine Art Auction, Houston, TX
 
1986:
"Fresh Paint I," Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
 
1985:
"Synergy '85," Glassell School of Art, Houston, TX