Acrylic on arches watercolor paper
Dimensions: 76cm (H) x 56cm (W) x 0.2cm (D) / 29.9" (H) x 22" (W) x 0.08" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Just like Josef Albers developed his Homage to the Square painting variations, this is the third painting in a series in which I explore color juxtapositions and variations based on the limited structure of nested rhombuses, similar to the “God’s eye” designs of colorful yarn weavings created by the Huichol indigenous people of Mexico. The series is called “Rhombus Rumba” as a way to associate shapes and colors with the structural nature of music and dance. The name of the project is based on the play of two words: rhombus, which represents the nested geometric shapes of the God’s eyes, and rumba, which represents a Cuban African dance. Painted with iridescent acrylics on Arches 300 lb cold-pressed watercolor paper.
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Based in: San Isidro, Argentina
Amy van Helden is an American artist and a resident of Argentina for the past 25 years. She obtained a BFA degree with a concentration in painting and printmaking from the University of Michigan in 1979. She had her first individual art show in 1991 at the Luigi Marrozzini Gallery in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she lived for 11 years before moving to Argentina in 1997. Amy van Helden has had individual art shows in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has participated in many group shows and art fairs. In the year 2013 she was awarded a Pollock-Krasner foundation grant. In 2012 she received the Arte Espacio prize in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her work is in the realm of geometric abstraction. She finds this to be the perfect milieu in which to paint simple forms without distractions, and where she can experiment with the visual elements that inspire her the most: color, texture, pattern and movement. She prepares her ideas digitally, an agile process that allows her to create formal structures based on a grid where she can compose an infinite variety of color combinations and sequences. One of her ongoing quests is how to limit these structures and variations, but at the same time, broaden them, without losing cohesion. In her paintings and water colors she creates a visual and musical poetry of color and movement that she likes to call “coloreography” because it combines, precisely, color and choreography.
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