Category Archives: Artist Interviews

Ten Questions with Laura Bifano

Laura Bifano is a British Columbia-based artist featured in our current show ‘Peopled Places,’ in which her contribution to the show seems to merge the two words in the show’s title. Her piece is a gouache landscape painting titled “The Sisters,” depicting a grand mountain range in her signature geometric style, reminiscent of another Canadian […]

Seven Questions with Nathan Durfee

Nathan Durfee is a fine artist currently based in Charleston, South Carolina, garnering notoriety for his captivating, pop-surrealist narratives and intriguing use of color. For our current show ‘Peopled Places,’ Nathan provided nine pieces in varying sizes, each displaying his signature squared-off brushstrokes, mysterious narratives, and an acute attention to detail in every aspect of […]

Five Questions with Maggie Chiang

Maggie Chiang, a recent graduate of the ArtCenter College of Design, is a young illustrator already becoming prolific in the Los Angeles area and the wider commercial art scene. Her work struck us for its refined beauty and simplicity– a muted palette of natural tones and a careful attention to composition are consistent across her […]

‘Harmonie’ Artist Interview: Felipe Echevarria

Currently on view at Helikon is ‘Harmonie,’ a duo show featuring 108 paintings by highly notable artists of illustration and the figurative arts George Pratt and Felipe Echevarria. Ranging from watercolor, oil, and pastel to other traditional media, this body of work examines the beauty and mystery of the human figure. On the whole, ‘Harmonie’ is […]

Artist Interview: Jonathan McAfee

Jonathan McAfee is one of Helikon Gallery’s “muses” of 2016, and one of only two Denver artists featured in this year’s Muses of Mount Helikon. I came across Jonathan’s work this past year and was immediately drawn to the vibrant colors and bold brushstrokes of his paintings. Each one of his portraits seem to jump from the […]

Five Questions with Daliah Ammar

If you’ve been following Helikon Gallery for any of the past year, chances are you’ve seen Daliah Ammar’s work. We first got to exhibit her gorgeous oil paintings in last year’s ‘Muses of Mount Helikon,’ and her work has been catching eyes in our hallway collection and main shows ever since. We’re lucky enough to show […]

Six Questions with Scott Bakal

Scott Bakal has been on our ‘Muses’ wishlist since our first installment of the annual exhibition. His illustrations, which have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Variety, Playboy, and many more, have always stood out to us for their depth through layering of texture […]

Studio Visit with ‘Muses’ artist Brian Hart

Somerville-based artist Brian Hart is one of Helikon Gallery’s ‘Muses’ of 2016, featured in our annual ‘Muses of Mount Helikon’ exhibition opening next week. Gallery curator Annie Aqua spoke with Brian at his studio this past spring and visited his installation in Meow Wolf’s “House of Eternal Return” last week. Read about both visits below. I came […]

Artist Interview with Joe Vaux

California-based artist Joe Vaux paints intricate worlds filled with creatures of land, sea, and sky, illustrating stories with a childlike imagination, but also with dark undertones and a seasoned artist’s eye for detail. These (dark details) are what drew us to Joe’s work for this year’s ‘Muses of Mount Helikon,’ opening November 3rd. Here, Joe talks to us […]

10 Questions with Zach Madere

Zach Madere is a California-based artist featured in our current show, ‘Pixel Palette: The Art of Digital Painting.’ Here he talks about his studio habits, tricks, and inspirations both at the office and at home. 1. Did you aspire to be an artist, or did you fall in love with making art? I aspired to […]