Exhibition: Helios Lucida

Thursday, Jul 9, 2020 at 12:00pm

Firehouse Art Center
667 Fourth Avenue
Longmont, CO 80501

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Presenting a solo show of eight works selected from Helios Lucida’s Unusual Suspects series, each painting is 48x48” oil on canvas.

Born out of a “need to push portraiture beyond the figurative illustration of a subject and towards an abstract interpretation of the person” works in the showemphasize a physical revelry in color and material. The people chosen were mostly selected from images of various drag performers that I had been invited to photograph throughout a several year period, two paintings are self portraits, and one was envisioned.

By choosing subject matter to include drag performers and self-portraiture, Lucida allows us to contemplate the various levels of representation, along a spectrum of self-expression with added layers of painterly creativity.

Using oils and mediums allows for an extended work process, a month or more devoted to each painting and its layers. From Lucida: “I build the image up in layers of paint until I have a traditional rendering of a portrait. Then, I start to add additional layers of paint that I distort with various mediums, brushes, palette knives and homemade tools. This is the high wire event for each one of these paintings; as I push it towards the edge I use my intuition as an artist to decide at which point to solidify the visual chaos at the desired moment.”

That moment in the process can be seen in the finished work and gives the paintings their energy and textures you could almost eat.

Helios Lucida currently resides in Conifer, CO. 

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