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Sea Shells in Blue, Oil on Panel Still Life Painting with Seashell Collection



This delicately rendered painting presents the viewer with a study in contrasts. A collection of 6 seashells are arranged in a setting with three differing shades of blue. The shells are arranged, some in the ceramic glazed bowl and some sitting upon the reflective tabletop in a composition designed to emphasize their shapes, textures and subtle differences. Soft pinks and creams in two Conch shells are painted with such luxurious strokes of paint you can feel the volume of these grand shells with your eyes. The gentle orange color on a shell reflected on the tabletop pops against the background. Similarly, a clam shell who's tinge of yellow would almost disappear on any other background draws the eye directly to it, highlighting it's orange neighbor, and upstaging the giant Conch shells vying for attention in the bowl. This artwork is framed. The framed dimensions are H 13 x W 10 inches. Helen Oh Seashell Still Life (Blue) oil on panel 12 H x 9 W in Helen Oh, b. 1962, Seoul, Korea For several years I have been painting seashells, both contemporary and fossilized specimens, some of which are millions of years old. That their designs are virtually unchanged from ancient times to the present points to the perfection of their forms and their incredible adaptability. These sea creatures live a mysterious existence, and after death, provide a vital service to humankind by transforming millions of their discarded shells to calcium carbonate, a key ingredient of concrete. Through these imageries, I hope to connect my audience to nature and issues of marine ecology. To enhance the design of these intricate forms, I painted from direct observation of them, set up before my easel. Helen Oh is a visual artist. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, she studied painting at the School of Visual Arts, the National Academy of Design, and the Art Students League. She holds a BFA in Art and Design from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA in Communication Design from Harrington College of Design. Helen has taught studio art courses at New York Academy of Art and the Linos School of Art in Umbria, Italy. Currently, she is an adjunct instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts. Courses she has taught include Painting Materials and Methods (oil and water media), History of Painting Techniques, Human Anatomy, Perspective, Drawing, 2D and 3D Design, and Color Theory and Application. The artist has received two Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants. Her work has been exhibited at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Terra Museum of American Art, the National Academy Museum, and the Butler Institute of American Art. Helen's work is in the collections of Columbia University and the Americas Society in Manhattan. Her artworks have been featured in New American Paintings # 29, Art Scene Chicago 2000, House Beautiful, American Artist magazine, and International Artist magazine.


  • Creator
    Helen Oh (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 12 in. (30.48 cm)Width: 9 in. (22.86 cm)Depth: 1.5 in. (3.81 cm)
  • Style
    Modern (In the Style Of)
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    New & Custom(One of a Kind)
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    Chicago, IL
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    Seller: HOH0111stDibs: LU4511115537211

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