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Meet Bonita Helmer

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bonita Helmer.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I grew up in Los Angeles and although I have basically lived here I have also lived and spent time in other places which have definitely influenced me and therefore my art; San Francisco, Paris, parts of Mexico and Ojai. Spending time in Paris definitely gave me the foundation that I needed to become an international artist. I studied dance and acting as a child and performed in many local theatres. Both disciplines teach a lot about movement in space and time, ultimately becoming a reoccurring theme in all of of my work. After living in San Francisco, I returned to Los Angeles and studied art at UCLA, Antioch College and ultimately Otis College of Art. I am so fortunate be have exhibited nationally and internationally; Although I have been to many places, I am happy to live in Los Angeles where there are currently so many creative people and venues.

Please tell us about your art.
I began my investigation of my current work prior to 2000. I am sincerely involved in the importance of physics, subatomic research, black holes, the birth of stars, supernovas, Einstein’s “God Theory”, gravity, energy, heavy elements and collapsing gas and dust to name a few. Visually, My painting techniques include a variety of contemporary mixed media. I try not to forfeit the artistic experience of hands on work, in favor of technology.

I try to create metaphors for the conditions of our world. In the quiet of the universe, a Super Nova suddenly explodes into chaotic fragments of various materials flying light years into space. There is a peaceful, beautiful energy in the universe as well as an awe-inspiring unpredictability. There is so much anguish caused by war, poverty, famine, human fragility and endless conflict in the world, it is my desire to paint an unknown, untouched landscape that is still without the influence of human destruction. Using science and how it is interconnected to art is a politically important theme, I am interested in the future of the human race and desire to express a visual representation of a landscape that is still relatively free from human strife.

Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
For me, personally, I have chosen to teach in addition to creating paintings. It is a job that is inspiring and
is not removed from my creative thought process. Also it is a giving back that is rewarding. I also have a close relationship with my gallery and especially my gallery Director.

It is a system that encourages me to keep working and stay true to my work while being able to make
sales. Being “out there” in many shows here and in Europe is helpful. Exposure is very important. Being involved in the “art scene” and making friends that support one another is essential.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My work can be seen on my website: BonitaHelmer.com. It can also be seen at George Billis Gallery in Culver City. I am scheduled for a solo show at George Billis in November 2017. All are welcome.

Contact Info:

  • Website: BonitaHelmer@gmail.com
  • Instagram: Bonita_Helmer
  • Facebook: Bonita Helmer


Image Credit:
Tracey Harnish

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