Born out of a “need to push portraiture beyond the figurative illustration of a subject and towards an abstract interpretation of the person” works in the show emphasize a physical revelry in color and material. The people chosen were mostly selected from images of various drag performers that he was invited to photograph throughout a several year period, two paintings are self portraits, and one was envisioned.
By choosing subject matter to include drag performers and self-portraiture, Lucida allows us to contemplate the various levels of representation, along a spectrum of self-expression with added layers of painterly creativity.
Using oils and mediums allows for an extended work process, a month or more devoted to each painting and its layers. From
Lucida: “I build the image up in layers of paint until I have a traditional rendering of a portrait. Then, I start to add additional layers of paint that I distort with various mediums, brushes, palette knives and homemade tools. This is the high wire event for each one of these paintings; as I push it towards the edge I use my intuition as an artist to decide at which point to solidify the visual chaos at the desired moment.”
FROM THE ARTIST:
“Helios Lucida was born in the southwestern United States. The formidable years were spent in a rusty steel town located in the eastern part of the United States. It was during this epoch that the propensity for the imposition of a reconstructed visual reality began to take hold and manifest itself into the creative psyche. Formal matriculation was conducted at a societal institution, where upon completion a certificate was issued asserting such.
Helios Lucida currently resides in the central United States finding the location prime as a base camp for missions outside the perimeter and into the frontiers where expansive planes of geographical reality exist.”