This past weekend, Baldur Helgason virtually presented a new body of work as part of an exhibition titled “Spiritual Paintings for Emotional People” at Richard Heller Gallery. The works on show feature the Chicago-based artist’s stripe-shirted cartoon character in varying, vivid scenes of the everyday mundane.
Helgason is known for his animation-inspired oil paintings that predominantly serve as self-portraits of the artist. Through this practice of self-portraiture, the artist visually evokes his personal experiences in his unruly compositions that feature cartoonish subjects in varying scenarios. He is inspired by vintage comic strips, mid-century European cartoons, and American cartoon styles such as Betty Boop.
Check out select works in the slideshow above and get a closer look at “Spiritual Paintings for Emotional People” in the Instagram posts below.
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“Spiritual Paintings for Emotional People” opening today at @richardhellergallery Thanks for watching the live walkthrough, and apologies for my awkwardness caused by my crippling stage fright. I’m gonna go open a bottle of something sparkling, skál ? and I hope everyone is doing ok.