Lena Dunham Upside Down

by Helena Wurzel

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Artist Statement

I make paintings of women. They are depictions of my girlfriends and myself in singular moments of self-reflection and celebration. My style tends to be bold and graphic. Whether capturing a glance, an irreverent bootie shot, or someone daydreaming, the figures tend to not face the viewer, but rather to each be in a contemplative state. Formal elements such as color, light, and tightly cropped spaces help create specific moods. Fashion photography has always been an influence and I love to include sunglasses, jewelry, and bathing suits (I often paint summery beach scenes) as a way of adding reflections, texture, or pattern. I hope to unlock something extraordinary in everyday scenes. My work is tied to the reality and imagination inherent in the feminine realm.

Why We Love It

"And thus began my love affair with Helena Wurzel, who is not me. Time was the next purchase. Again I wondered, does she have a secret camera into my life? Laying on the bed, a computer and a cat occupying the space often reserved for a significant other. Do I Look Expensive? was my third purchase, featuring the back of a woman looking at a painting of a woman, but what Helena captures is that way we like to stand in front of art we love, art we admire, art we are clearly gaining so much more from. It is a pose for ourselves and a pose for those around us. “I get this and you can tell by my pose that I get this.” I used to ask my ex-boyfriend “do I look expensive?” and he always said yes, of course." ... Read more from Laia Garcia on the blog!

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+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Signed + numbered certificate of authenticity included
+ Directly supports the artist
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.

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Helena Wurzel

Helena Wurzel is a painter, educator, wife, and mother. She received her undergraduate degree from Brown University in 2003 and received her MFA from Boston University in 2007. She worked with the fashion label, Kate Spade Saturday, to create a painted ad campaign from 2012-2015. She displayed her paintings at Jonathan Adler retail boutiques in Miami and Los Angeles from 2015-2018. She also won Massachusetts Cultural Council Grants in 2010 and 2016. The artist lives and works in Cambridge, MA. Learn more about Helena in our In the Studio interview!  
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