Chilton's oil paintings bring the viewer into the garden with extreme close-ups focused on various forms of vegetation. These larger than life presentations, coupled with a bold use of color infuse liveliness in each of her subjects.
Helen Chilton: FRESH
(Charleston, WV…) The Art Store is pleased to present FRESH, a solo exhibition of new paintings by esteemed West Virginia artist, Helen Chilton. The exhibition will open on March 9, 2013 with a reception from 5:30PM-7:30PM, featuring an artist talk at 5:30PM.. She received her Bachelors of Fine Art from Dennison University, and continued her studies in watercolor at University of Charleston. Chilton has been exhibiting her artwork with The Art Store since 1978.
In this new body of work, Chilton brings the viewer into the garden with extreme close- ups focused on various forms of vegetation. Chilton composes intimate views by concentrating on delicate botanical details. Her oil paintings magnify the size of her subjects and in doing so she explores the textures and natural patterns found on the surface of flowers and foliage. These larger than life presentations, coupled with a bold use of color infuse liveliness in each of her subjects.
Chilton’s artwork has been included in numerous public and private collections as well as solo and group exhibitions, some of which include the Chautauqua National Exhibition, the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., the West Virginia Juried Exhibition and the Contemporary Arts Museum of Virginia. Chilton was named the 2006 WV Woman of the Year in Arts by the WV Woman’s Commission and continues to win awards for her outstanding artwork.
The exhibition continues through the 29th of March at The Art Store, located in the Bridge Road Shops area of Charleston on 1013 Bridge Road. Hours are Tuesday – Friday 10 – 5:30; Saturday 10– 5 and anytime by appointment. For further information please call 345-1038 or visit the Helen Chilton: Fresh exhibition online at www.theartstorewv.com.