Featuring…

HELEN SHULKIN

Helen Shulkin

Following our exhibition ‘Moving Cities‘ with Anise artist Helen Shulkin back in 2022, we have strengthened our relationship with her to exclusively represent her Elbbruecken and Architecture Space series, which explores scenes of architectural development and highlighted the tension between new and old within a fluid urban landscape. To celebrate this collaboration, we are highlighting the work and practice of Helen Shulkin through this feature. Shulkin (b.1978) is a Belarusian artist based in Hamburg who experiments with mixed media with a focus on abstract architectural painting. Her practice explores the crossover of aesthetics of human and architectural anatomy; fascinated by our man-made landscapes and how they can serve as living breathing extensions of ourselves. The paintings therefore, are an exploration of the human condition through the buildings we create and inhabit, and how these buildings shape us and the way we live.

There is a direct correlation between Shulkin’s chosen colour palette and the imagery of human flesh; the injection of soft pinks and vivid reds into her artworks are intentionally reminiscent of flesh and blood, acting as a visceral marker of the interconnection of buildings and people. Her fluid brushstrokes evoke movement and a sense of urgency in her paintings, suggesting an element of fragility within these constructed worlds.

Shulkin believes that the built environment serves as a window to reveal our ideas of beauty, our hidden biases as well as reflecting the power dynamics, conflicts and aspirations of the culture which creates and inhabits it. In her paintings we see her striving to bridge the animate with the inanimate.

Each painting is an analysis of space and form within out built environment. Inspired by architecture, Shulkin uses modern technologies such as Google Earth to take landscape images of cities in a state of flux. She then uses zoomed out coordinates to expand her sense of space to create these abstract scenes. She tries to capture the unique identity of a city in each painting, using expressive brushstrokes and a contrasting colour palette to capture cities in a state of architectural flux.

Shulkin’s work was awarded the OSTEN Award at the Osten Biennial of Drawing in 2018 and is collected worldwide in both commerical and public collections such as the State Library in Berlin and Rolfe Judd in London.

Architecture Space 1 70x85cm Shulkin

Hamburg Elbbruecken 4 70x80cm Shulkin

Architecture Space I (2021)
Oil on linen
70 x 85 cm
£2,350

Elbbruecken IV (2021)
Oil on linen
70 x 85 cm
£2,350