About Helaine Soller
Studies in oil painting at the age of 10 formed Helaine Soller’s career path. Soller holds degrees from Pratt Institute BFA and Queens College MS. She studied with Jacob Lawrence at the New School, Jerome Witkin and Eric Fischl in master classes, and at the Art Students League.
A native New Yorker raised surrounded by trees and parks, grandfather a horticulturist, a father’s bountiful garden, art residencies in Upstate New York, and travels to National Parks explains why nature is in her DNA.
Soller’s modern take on nature engages the viewer by revealing the beauty and drama of often overlooked events in the natural world, captured at a moment in time. Soller’s art evokes metaphors for cycles of life and multicultural connections to nature to alarm us to greenhouse effects in paintings that combine expressionism, realism, and abstraction. Expressive brush strokes of color reveal nature’s forms derived from observations and imagination informed by a sense of discovery. She is equally at home in acrylic painting, photography, and watercolors.
Her work is in the collections of the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress, National Museum of Women in the Arts Archives, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the first permanent collection of Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, Segal Singer & Mahoney Ltd., Spectrum Financial Consultants, and TDR Technologies Inc.
Artist Personal Website: www.helainesoller.com
My photographs are an extension of my physical presence.
A document of how I think and go about the world.
An art form informing my creative process as I paint in my studio.
The Space Between: Questions of Place in Times of Uncertainty :
The Space Between expresses the redefinition of my “chosen place” pre Coronavirus, a launching pad between Manhattan galleries, art friends, and museums. Now my home transitioned into my art studio all in 4x6ft of dedicated space. My apartment a newly appreciated environment surrounded by nature, evolved into a sustainer of life. My art engages nature and takes me to another place. Now, during limited walks in local areas, I found trees cycles of life and their fungal mysteries have become my muse.
Soller has displayed work in 24 solo exhibitions and over 200 exhibits nationally as well as internationally in Japan and Mongolia.
- Works on Paper 2020, selected by the Museum of Modern Art Curator of Drawings and Prints Sarah Suzuki
- Blue Mountain Gallery Exhibition 2019, selected by Eric Aho
- International Painting Exhibit, Jeffrey Leder Gallery
- Rainforest Art Foundation
- CitiGroup Center Manhattan
- Ulaanbaatar Mongolia
- NIW Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
- Joseph Addabbo Federal Building
- Ceres Gallery
- The Conference Board
- Johnson and Johnson
- Pace University
- Queens College Art Center
- 310 Art NC
- RVS Fine Art
- Lana Santorelli Hoboken NJ
- Fieldstone Fine Arts NJ
- AIA Gallery
- Schelfhaudt Gallery University of Bridgeport CT
- Pratt Institute
- Plaxall Gallery
- The Ground Floor Gallery
- MOMA PS 1: The Wild Art Show, curated by Faith Ringgold
- The Long Island Museum Stony Brook: I sing the Body Electric
- The Queens Museum: Dore Ashton Selects
- Bronx Museum
- Arkell Museum
- Museum of Anthropology of the People of New York
- The 2008 Individual Artist Initiative award from Queens Council on the Arts funded by the NEA and JP Morgan Chase Foundation
- Art Residencies 2018 Weir Farm National Park Historic Site
- 9 awards at Skidmore College Summer Six in Saratoga Springs, NY
- Bayside Historical Society
- La Galleria
Pratt Institute, Bachelor of Fine Arts
Queens College, Master of Science