Bryant Street Gallery celebrates the life and work of painter Helen Steele

From Palo Alto Online:

“Enigmatic figures mainly found in isolation, rendered with bold, loose strokes of almost chaotic color — this is the work of San Rafael artist Helen Steele. Her paintings have been represented by the Bryant Street Gallery in Palo Alto for a number of years, but this current exhibition has a poignant note: Steele died unexpectedly at the age of 57 last year. ‘Reflections,’ on view until April 15, is a posthumous show of 12 of her last paintings and some early sculptures.

Karen Imperial, Bryant Street Gallery director, said that she first saw Steele’s work at a gallery in Idaho. ‘I found the work extremely moving. I thought my clientele would respond to the work as well as I did.’ She was in the process of organizing an exhibition with Steele when she learned of her death. ‘It felt very natural to have a memorial show for her, so I spoke with Jeremy (her son and estate executor) and he was on board.

‘I went to the studio and Jeremy allowed me to curate a show,’ she said, adding that she chose pieces that she felt were ‘strong in composition and palette.'”

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