My painting process is centered on the act of play. Combining both intentional and intuitive processes, the paintings I create are bold in composition and expressive in mark making and color. I am interested in surfaces that speak of rigorous activity through variations in manipulated, and layered textures. My current investigations in landscape painting explore what happens in the evening to the forms of house, tree, and the land itself. I allow myself to play up the abstract qualities of shape and to quiet realistic approaches to common forms. It is my hope that the work’s intentions will lead the viewer to a personal inquiry through the art, an altered view, and this might inspire a transformation – a meditative moment, personal wisdom, self-truth.
Artist Hélène Farrar was born in the suburbs of New York City in 1974, to an extended family of artists, musicians and designers. During one heavy winter snowfall evening in 1979, Farrar settled into the sleepy town of Hallowell, Maine with her optimistic parents and older brother. A far departure from her young childhood and family lifestyle of local trains, authentic Italian Deli, and frequent trips to the MOMA, Maine has happily become her home. Farrar lives and works in Manchester, Maine with her inventor Husband Stan, energetic daughter Olympia and dog “Buddy”.
Farrar’s approach to artmaking is one of experimentation and momentum. The scale of her paintings range from 3 inches square to 5 feet square and are executed in oils, encaustics and acrylics in varied supports including: canvas, panel, paper and found objects. In recent years she painted a permanent installation in a private home measuring 24 by 40 feet. Farrar’s artwork has been exhibited widely in Maine and has been accepted into numerous regional and international juried exhibitions featuring her encaustics and oil works. Her most recent exhibition “By A Maine Pond: One Year of Seeing” was held at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania, as part of a week-long artist residency.
Hélène Farrar has taught and worked in the visual arts for fifteen years while actively exhibiting in commercial, nonprofit and university galleries in New England and England. Farrar has a Masters of Fine Art Degree in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College in Vermont, and a Bachelors of Art from University of Maine with concentrations in painting and printmaking. She is a professional art educator and has taught in a variety of capacities including as an adjunct faculty at university level to an early childhood educator. She has most recently been on the faculties of the University of Maine and Thomas College. She currently owns and operates her own private art school and gallery called Hélène Farrar Art in Manchester, Maine where she holds varied workshops and classes. Farrar will be leading a painting workshop in Tuscany, Italy in Fall 2014