Artist Helen Durant

Helen Durant has been experimenting with paint, torn paper, graphite, and found objects for most of her life. From a formal painting class at the old Atlanta School of Art to her current studio at Goat Farm, Durant has invented her own ways of translating the world around her.

 

An art teacher at boarding school encouraged Durant’s passion for art, telling her to follow her heart. A trip to Europe exposed her to the works of the great masters. She stayed with her cousin in Cezanne's chateau noir, in Aix-en-Provence. Later, at the museum school in Boston, she received more traditional training. Two summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts, with Henry Hensche broadened her world of color.

 

 Durant married, and her growing family became the subject of many drawings and paintings. As her children grew up and her time became more her own, Durant spent more time in her studio at the old Murray Mill, now called the Goat Farm, observing the goats outside her window. The goats inspired an extended series of works, which continue to this day. A trip to New Mexico in 2003 and a safari to Kenya in 2008 stirred her spirit and added much new material from which to draw.

 

Durant's love of animals has been evident throughout her career. Her concern for the environment and its wildlife has deepened into a passion for conservation. Her love of wolves and concern for the struggles they now face as result of misconceptions and myth has moved her to produce an entire body of work on the subject in the last several years. .

 

Helen Durant has exhibited widely in the United States. In Atlanta she has shown her work for many years in some of the best venues in the city. Her work can be seen in many public, corporate, and private collections throughout the United States and abroad.

 

“Durant works in mixed media, primarily charcoal and acrylics, sometimes adding collage elements, such as newspaper. Her subjects are most often figures or animals. Durant is interested in the role played by the unconscious in her work, and she strives to not force the content, but rather to let it emerge out of the process of painting itself. And Durant's creative process always begins with drawing, which she calls her "first love.”

 

Education

1976 +1984     Cape School of Art, Provincetown, Ma.

1967 - 68         School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston, Ma. 1966                University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.

 

Selected Exhibitions

2015     The Return of the Herd, Thomas Deans Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

2015     The Fete, Diehl Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY

2015     Wild 100: Western Visions, National Museum of Western                         Wildlife, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

2014     Small Works Holiday Exhibition, Thomas Deans Fine Art,                         Atlanta, GA

2014     Wolves, Oatland Isalnd Conservation Center, Oatland                               Island, GA

2013     Holiday Menagerie, Thomas Deans Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

2012     Wolves, Pryor Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

2012     Group exhibition, Roan and Black Gallery, Saugatuck MI

2009     Africa, Krause Gallery, Atlanta

2008     Butler Invitational, museum exhibition, Cleveland, OH

2007     The Frida Show, Whitespace, Atlanta

2004     Solo show, Anthem Gallery, New York City

2004     Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta

2003     2 person show-Faye Gold , Atlanta

2002     Atlanta Artfair, Faye Gold , Atlanta

2002     Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Home Show

2002     Group show -  Faye Gold Gallery , Atlanta

2002     Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta

2002     Southern Accents Magazine Showcase

1999     3 person show, Faye Gold Gallery, Atlanta

1999     Group Show - Faye Gold Gallery, Atlanta

1998     "The A-List", Faye Gold Gallery, Atlanta

1998     The Beaux Arts Show,  Atlanta,

1997     Clary Sage Gallery, Birmington, Al.

1997     Bradford Smock Gallery, San Francisco

1998     Wilde-Meyer Gallery, Scottsdale, Az.

ETC.

 

TV and Film

Works appearing in

Satisfaction (2014)

Person of Interest (2013)

Trouble with teh Curve (2012)

 

Historical and Contemporary Art Gallery, Atlanta Georgia

 

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