Helene Steene’s work is well recognized for its many layered depth, intensity of colors, and elegance of surface. She combines classical oil glaze techniques, using natural minerals, over marble dust, with contemporary brushed metal on wood, as well as oil glazes and marble dust over collaged paper.
Her work has been published, exhibited, and collected in both private and public collections in the United States, France, Greece, Spain, Great Britain and Sweden, and she has won numerous awards for her work. The latest being, 2016 CODAAwards Top 100. The World’s Best Commissioned Design + Art Projects.
Her mixed media works were shown in two solo museum exhibits; in 2010 at the stunning Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, VA, and in 2013 at the Headley-Whitney Museum in Lexington, KY. Recent large scale commissions were, in 2019 “Ancient Healer II”, 12 x 4,5 feet, mixed media, at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, in 2016 “Ancient Healer”, 46 x 270” mixed media, at University of Kentucky Hospital, the private dining/conference room, in 2015 “Ginkgo”, 102 x 108“, mixed media work in the beautiful events facilities Apiary in Lexington; and in 2010, “Shimmer at the Edge”, mixed media, 108 x 78” at the Markey Cancer Center, University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, and in 2017 Gatton School of Business at University of Kentucky added “Archilochus’ View, 48 x 74 inches, mixed media, to their collection.
She received part of her art education from George Washington University in Washington DC, and in 2004 a Master of Fine Arts from University of Kentucky.
Helene Steene has a studio at the Lexington Art League, in the Loudon House, where her paintings are created with textures and numerous layers of information built up through additions and subtractions over a long period of time. She uses natural minerals in dry powder form in oil glazes, as well as acrylic, charcoal, sand, marble dust and metal on wood panels. Using wood panels allows for both small and largescale pieces.
Many of her works are inspired by the soft white walls, and weathered wood works she encounters on the Greek island of Paros, as well as the local fauna and the ever-changing sea. The sense of layered history from antiquity to more recent times is very present on this island, famous for its white translucent marble, which inspired Steene to experiment with marble dust to create a sense of contemporary fresco surfaces. She also has been working on a series of circular forms, representing a sense of centeredness which always has been important to her.