Rachel Hellmann

I come from a family of carpenters. My early education as an artist taught me the care for craft, love of tools and pride in working with my hands This history led to my interest in painting as an object— something that occupies a space in a more physical  and asks to be experienced from multiple locations within that space.

My paintings explore how perception is affected by the interplay of geometry light and color. I paint on shaped forms to instill a sense of play in my work and to suggest the experience of an interior architectural space The geometric language of bars, grids and linear repetitions echoes the methodical process I use to create the paintings. These simplified elements, combined with subtle gradations of color, create a play with perception and a vibration between the logical and the poetic.

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Rachel Hellmann received a BFA from the University of Dayton and an MFAin Painting from Boston University. Her work includes paintings, works on paper and installation. She has had solo exhibitions at venues such as the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor, ME, Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, VA and Greenleaf Gallery at Whittier College in Whittier, CA. Other exhibition venues include the Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA, Eddington Katz Projects, Indianapolis, IN, Carroll and Sons, Boston, MA, Cynthia Winings Gallery, Blue Hill, ME, Harbor Art Gallery at University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA, Soprafina Gallery, Boston, MA and the Bowery Gallery, New York, NY.

Hellmann was the recipient of the Blanche E. Colman Award for Painting and the Constatin Alajalov Award at Boston University. She was also awarded residencies at the Ragdale Foundation in Forest Park, IL and Platte Clove Preserve, Catskills, NY. Most recently, she was published in New American Paintings vol 113 and was awarded a residency at Playa in Eastern Oregon.


Hellmann was Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at Northern Essex Community College from 2008 until May of 2013 when she relocated to Terre Haute, IN to work full-time a an artist. Before joining faculty at NECC, she taught at Mount Ida College, School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Bunker Hill Community College. She has been a visiting artist at many colleges including: MassArt, Boston, MA, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, Whittier College, Whittier, CA, Ann Arundel Community College, Arnold, MDand Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI..

 




Golden
15 x 11 inches
Acrylic, graphite and collage on paper

$1500.
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Nothing More
15 x 11 inches
Acrylic, graphite and collage on paper

$1500.
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Hovers Half Open
15 x 11 inches
Acrylic, graphite and collage on paper

$1500.
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