Helen Steele - Artists - Pryor Fine Art

My compositions are never preconceived, yet my themes are recurrent: The use of the figure as the means of investigating various psychological states: harmony, serenity, anxiety, isolation....

The figure is my starting point, not my true subject. My subjects are human presence and absence. My approach is intuitive, suggesting rather than detailing. As I work and rework my canvas the image appears sometimes only to elude me then to reassert itself much later. I work in multiple layers with buried images and words. Paint is wiped off and layers are peeled yielding the emerging image.



1987 Master’s Degree in Art Education, Art History and Psychology, Ludwig Maximillian’s
University, Munich, Germany
1986 - 1988 Master Studies with Hans Daucher, Capri, Italy
1999 - 2002 Studies with Inez Storer and Linda Goodman

Solo Exhibitions

Room Art Gallery, Mill Valley, CA (June 2015)
Room Art Gallery, Mill Valley, CA (May 2014)
Room Art Gallery, Mill Valley, CA (May 2013)
Room Art Gallery, Mill Valley, CA (May 2012)
Francesca Gallery, Sausalito, CA (2010)
Mona Lease Gallery, Greenbrae, CA (2010)
Magnolia Gallery, Larkspur, CA (2008/2009)
Kabuki, San Francisco, CA (Sept./Oct/Nov./Dec.)
Peter Fleschhut, Munich, Germany (June 2008)
Marin Open Studios, San Anselmo, CA (May 2008)
Marin Open Studios, San Anselmo (May 2007)

Group Exhibitions

Goethe Institute, San Francisco, CA 2014
American Art Gallery, Carmel, CA 2012
Hang Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2011
Room Gallery, San Rafael, CA 2011
International Show, Sonthofen, Germany 2011
LBD Fine Art, Chicago, IL
Room Gallery, San Rafael, CA 2010
Down Town Art Center, San Rafael, CA 2009
2009 National Juried Show, Ross, CA
Marin Arts Council Show, Civic Center, San Rafael, CA (2008)
Artisans Gallery, San Rafael, CA (2007/2008)
“Hot Wax”, Woodacre, CA (2007)
National Encaustic Show, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA (2007)
“Wax and Oil” International Encaustic Show, Contemporary Museum of Marin, Novato, CA (2006)

Awards and Scholarships

2012 Wendy Gruber Grant
2009 National Show “Honorable Mention” 2009 (Pick Me) Winner of Cover Contest for Marin Magazine
2008 (Life in Motion) “Best of Show” and Juror”s Pick
2008 (Abstract Show) Best of Show San Rafael
2008 1st place in Annual Show
2008 (War and Piece) Best of Show
2008 3rd place in Abstract Show
2007 Artisans Best of Show (
1997 Pac Bell Scholarship for the Arts (1997 – 1998)


2007-2009 Artisans Art Gallery, Member/Education Committee
2007-2008 Marin Arts Council, Member
2006-2007 Encaustic Organization Board Member /Education Committee

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