Helen Durant is a mixed media artist working in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work has been exhibited nationwide and is included in many prominent private and corporate collections. Durant works in mixed media, primarily charcoal, newspaper and acrylics. Her subjects are typically figures or animals. Of particular interest to her is the play of the unconscious mind in her art and she endeavors to not force the content, but let it emerge out of the process, sacrificing control for serendipity.
Her creative process always begins with drawing, her first love. Helen’s work is often inspired by photographs or from her life experiences, such as recent trips to Africa and the American West. She is well known for incorporating newsprint and writing in her own hand on the canvas. However, these actions are part of her overall process and not necessarily intended to be interpreted literally. The act of tearing the paper or creating lines and shapes with her writing all help her connect with a piece. The result is a surprising mix of expressions from dark and shadowy to light and ethereal and everything in between. The raw materials are then honed, edited and simplified by using a more objective and discerning eye. This mix of heart and mind give each piece its life. Each layer builds upon another and then some become obscured by paint or text.
Her recent body of work strongly focuses on animals, particularly goats and wolves. Her goal is always to capture spirit of the animal, but human feelings are often reflected. Recently, Helen Durant has been thinking about animals in their environment and how they relate to the environment. She hopes her work will help people be mindful of nature and the small roles that both human and animal play in the world.
Helen Durant is always reinventing herself in her work, speaking authentically with each new voice she unearths. Helen is currently represented by Pryor Fine Art in Atlanta and seeking additional gallery representation in other cities. She is in the studio everyday and is constantly producing new and exciting work in her established style.
To see more of Helen’s work or contact her, visit her website www.helendurant.com.