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As an oil painter, I am pursuing a path of genre painting. Working from life helps me achieve a likeness and what I intercept as psychological urgency. I mainly paint figures in domestic interiors and landscapes, constantly exploring pattern and color. With color harmony, I am addressing ideas of beauty and its healing power in art. Depicting stillness and contemplation relates to unseen, unspoken times we don’t address. While capturing fleeting moments, I am holding nostalgia at a distance by using slightly off-kilter vantage points and occasionally abrupt, painterly brushstrokes with intense lighting which together contribute to a feeling of suspense as if these snapshots are bottled up in time.

 

I begin by setting up my subject in their environment where they feel most true to themselves. Choosing a composition that allows the subject to melt into the environment helps me tell the story and document the gamut of emotions we face throughout the day such as joy, peace, and moodiness. I intentionally leave visible drawing marks and scraped areas to show how I had excavated the painting using my palette scraper or sandpaper to take off old layers of paint then repainted over it. These result in areas of impasto as well as translucency which add dynamism to my work and furthers my storytelling.

Curriculum Vitae

Helen Cardamone

Cardamonehelen94@gmail.com

www.helencardamone.com

 

 

 

2/25/2024

Education

 

2023             MFA, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2023             Barnes-de Mazia Certificate Program, 14-week long program 

2022             The Rome Workshops 6-Week Long Painting Program

2021               Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Continuing Education

2017               BA in Fine Arts, minor in Entrepreneurship, Wake Forest University,

                        Winston-Salem, NC

 

Teaching

2023-24    Resident Teaching Artist with ArtistYear, Philadelphia, PA

2023           Graduate Teaching Assistant in ‘Life Painting’, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine        

                     Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2022           Graduate Teaching Assistant in ‘Wet/Dry Media’, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine

                     Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2022           Graduate Teaching Assistant in ‘Structure and Form Figure Drawing’, Pennsylvania

                     Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2021-22     Youth and Family Program Team Member and Educator, Pennsylvania Academy of

                     the Fine Arts Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2020           Tutor, Cambridge School Volunteers, Inc, Cambridge, MA

 

Awards/Projects

2021            Artistic Excellence Scholarship, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

2021            People’s Choice, Thousand Islands Art Center, Clayton, NY

2021            Juror’s Choice, Thousand Islands Art Center, Clayton, NY

2021            Self-Published a Children’s Book, “A St. Lawrence Summer”

 

 

Group Exhibitions

2023           Woman: Thunder and Strength, Tisa Gallery, Clayton, NY

2023            Annual Student Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2023           Anything Goes, Anne Bryan Gallery, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2022            215 610 Contemporary Art Exhibition, Delaware County Community College, Media,

                      PA, Juror: Alex Klein

2022            Size Matters In Art, Anne Bryan Gallery, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia,

                      PA

2022            Blue, Gallery 8, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2022            Along the River’s Edge, Thousand Islands Art Center, Clayton, NY

2021             Along the River’s Edge, Thousand Islands Art Center, Clayton, NY

2020            Along the River’s Edge, Thousand Islands Art Center, Clayton, NY

 

 

Publications/Press

Brock, Chris. “Winners Announced at 'along the Rivers Edge' Exhibit and Sale.” NNY360, 24 June 

https://www.nny360.com/artsandlife/artsandentertainment/winners-announced-at-along-the-rivers-edge-exhibit-and-sale/article_5e36a201-74d1-53bd-8a05-e5818b757b7e.html

Loew, Marina. “And the Winners Are...” Thousand Islands Arts Center, 17 May 2022,

www.tiartscenter.org/and-the-winners-are/.

Rebel, Canvas. "Meet Helen Cardamone", May 2024, 

https://canvasrebel.com/meet-helen-cardamone/

Smith, Susan. “Book Review: A St. Lawrence Summer, by Helen Cardamone.”

ThousandIslandsLife.com, Oct. 2021,

https://thousandislandslife.com/book-review-a-st-lawrence-summer-by-helen-caradmone/

 

Exhibitions Juried/Co-Curated

2022         “Size Matters…In Art”, Anne Bryan Gallery, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts,

                  Philadelphia, PA

 

Artist Talks

2023         Thesis Symposium, "My Gaze and the Female Gaze", Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts,

                    Philadelphia, PA

 

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