Helene Steene is an artist drawn to line, form, and color. The level of abstraction varies in her works, but she has stated that she is always searching for inner beauty and a harmonious balance of elements. Several of the pieces on display were inspired by the landscape and colors of the Greek island Paros, where the artist has a home and visits periodically. Steene works with diverse medias including oil, acrylic, encaustic, monotypes, collage, fiber, although most of the works on view here at the Taubman combine sand, metal, acrylic, oil and marble dust—a media that reminds her of the white marble dusted buildings of Greece. The saturated colors, depth of texture and linear abstractions in her works achieve timeless compositions and a peaceful aura. Steene has shown in over 200 exhibitions over the last 35 years around the world and exhibits extensively in her home-state of Kentucky.
Abstract Impressions is curated by the Harrison Museum of African American Culture.