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Helene Steene

Lexington, KY, United States

Phone: 859-684-1716

Profile Type: artist

  • Experiential & Interactive
  • Furniture
  • Wall Art

About

Steene's work is well recognized for its many layered depth, intensity of colors, and elegance of surface. Her classical oil glazes, using natural mineral pigments, marble dust textures, and metal on wood panels, create a powerful mix of the old and the new. Her use of wood panels offers flexibility in sizes, shapes and textures to fit specific areas, and she shows great sensitivity to the surroundings for an installation, and the purpose of the space when designing a piece. Steene's work is collected widely in Europe and the US, and she has won numerous awards for her work. Steene moved to the US from Sweden, where she grew up. First lived in Washington DC where she did most of her undergrad studies, ran art galleries, and had her own studio for 12 years. In 1987 she moved to Lexington, KY where she got her MFA, and has her private studio. "Steene's luminous layers of colors and intuitively balanced structures are reminiscent of "Rothko's luminous paintings. Her visual subtleties slow down the viewing process and contribute to an overall sense of harmony and inner peace, one that serves as an antidote to todays's fast-paced, chaotic world." - Jane S Peters, Professor Emerita, Art History & Visual Studies, University of Kentucky, USA "Call Steene's paintings the fusion of geometry and grace, which probes and pierces, or let us say we gaze out from the eye of light itself" - Peter Abbs, Emeritus Professor Creative Writing, University of Sussex, Great Britain

My Projects

  • University of Kentucky, prints for dorm foyers

    New dorms were built on University of Kentucky's campus, and art works were placed in...

    • Wall Art
    • Educational Facilities
    • Paint
  • Galt Eye Wear/Prints

    Giclee prints for new and unusual eye wear store

  • Dance I, other large nude collages

    Nudes, charcoal pencil/collage/netting/pastel on wood. 68 x 48 inchhes. Sold to residential clients.

  • "Abstract Impressions" Taubman Museum of Art

    Invitational 15 piece solo exhibit at the Taubman Museum of Art. Paintings on wood with...

  • Aegean Echoes, Headley-Whitney Museum

    "Aegean Echos", 28 piece solo exhibit at Headley-Whitney Museum. A four month exhibit with soundscape,...

  • Shimmer at the Edge, Markey Cancer Center, University of Kentucky Hospital

    "Shimmer at the Edge", 9 x 6,5 feet. Oil glazes over marble dust and metal...

    • Wall Art
    • Healthcare
    • Beautify Space
    • Paint
  • Tulip Fresco series

    These 8 panels can be arranged in several different fashions. As four individual pieces with...

    • Wall Art
    • Museums and Galleries
    • Paint
  • Ruggles Sign Co

    A three panel piece, Winter on Paros Beach", 48 x 60 inches, oil glazes using...

    • Wall Art
    • Offices
    • Beautify Space
    • Paint
  • Orb 2, Lexington, KY

    The artist wanted to take several very stable forms, i.e. a square (48x48"), several centered...

    • Wall Art
    • Residential
    • Beautify Space
    • Paint
  • Ginkgo, Apiary in Lexington, KY

    Ginkgo, 8,5 x 9 feet painting on wood panels, using oil glazes with mineral pigments...

    • Wall Art
    • Hotels and Resorts
    • Beautify Space
    • Paint
  • Oculus Series

    The ORBS series. (2015 - 2017) Each work is 48 x 48 x 2,5 inches...

    • Wall Art
    • Residential
    • Paint
  • Moon Sentinels & Antiquity Dives

    Different local artists were chosen by interior designer and gallery owner Becky Neal, to showcase...

    • Wall Art
    • Restaurants
    • Beautify Space
    • Paint
  • Blue Dance

    "Blue Dance", oil glazes over marble dust and metal on wood. Three panels, total size...

    • Wall Art
    • Convention Center
    • Welcome / Attract Visitors
    • Nature
    • Paint
  • Ancient Healer

    Ancient Healer was commissioned for a private dining/conference room at the University of Kentucky Hospital....

    • Wall Art
    • Healthcare
    • Healing
    • Botanical
    • Mixed Media
  • Red Eclipse II

    Red Eclipse II, 4 feet by 9 feet in three panels. Oil glazes using natural...

    • Wall Art
    • Residential
    • Beautify Space
    • Abstract
    • Mixed Media
  • Urban Eclipse

    Urban Eclipse, 10 x 4,5 feet, oil glazes, natural mineral pigments, acrylic gold, charcoal, marble...

    • Wall Art
    • Lobbies
    • Beautify Space
    • Contemporary
    • Mixed Media
  • Ancient Healer II

    A work commissioned for a large vertical wall at the Surgical Expansion at the Mankato-Mayo...

    • Wall Art
    • Healthcare
    • Beautify Space
    • Nature
    • Mixed Media