Helene


Painting, Drawing ... 78 Followers Member since 2005
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HOME
a series of acrylic on canvas paintings by Helene Ruiz cr2019
Each one of us has a place which brings back good memories and feelings of connection and comfort. Home is culture, objects, buildings you’ve lived in, friends, family, fun, games and even where your heart ached for the first time, Read More
HOME
a series of acrylic on canvas paintings by Helene Ruiz cr2019
Each one of us has a place which brings back good memories and feelings of connection and comfort. Home is culture, objects, buildings you’ve lived in, friends, family, fun, games and even where your heart ached for the first time, where you fell in love and out of love for the first time, your first friend, your first fight, your first everything; where you laughed, cried, worried, and felt powerful and determined as well as where you first felt powerless and confused. It is a memory of double-dutch and that jump rope made out of anything you can find like old venetian blind cords or an old rope you found in the trash, it’s the stick and the ball, it’s hop scotch, it’s a game we called skullies where we used old soda caps to play, it’s the fire hydrant which was the urban public pool to cool off on hot summer days, it’s the people peering from their windows watching over us, it’s the sound of the mister softee ice cream truck and its tune that made your mouth water for your favorite ice cream treat and it’s a reminder of how naturally we shared our ice cream with the other kids and they shared with us if any of us didn’t have a quarter. The fire escape was where your mom put a small hibachi grill and we had a family “barbeque” and if it was a very hot day you can sit on the fire escape and get some fresh air and maybe even a cool breeze.
Home, my home, NYC is a city of diversity, a city of many different people from all around the world all packed into a small space. It is where we all become one as we lived side by side. It is where we grew up together and respected each-others differences and where one another’s differences enhanced each of us as human beings with an ability to adapt to difference and embrace those differences. Home is where we remember being brought up. Home is a huge part of what has molded us and remained in our spirit no matter where else we may have relocated. Home is where we feel a special connection to something. Home is like an old huge tree with large, long, thick and very deep roots.
These paintings are done from my imagination and my memories of growing up in New York City, my home, always my home and although I have relocated many times, it remains the place where I can truly call “home”. It is where my memories of being creative enough to participate on a daily basis with other kids in order to create a playground within a concrete and a very cluttered compact space. All this has been influential in my artistic creativity and in my imagination. It is a part of what made the artist in me. It is both my most painful and most pleasurable of memories. Whenever I visit home since gentrification, I yearn to see kids playing and people interacting like they did when I was growing up. I yearn to hear the New Yawk accent that I know so well and is so strongly imbedded in me and is just another part who I am and all this makes me realize that modern technology has replaced so much of human socializing, the imagination, the physical activities that I remember as a regular part of life. This series of works are just a juxtaposed dreamlike portrayal of the paintings I have done from my memories and my imagination of growing up in NYC. I hope it can help to show the other side of what has always been a stereotypical portrayal of a dangerous and harsh city, and although that also is a reality, the memories of this side of life in NYC are also a reality. Everything has its Yin and Yang.
Ahhhh… NYC, Home… you remain in my being. Read less

Painting, acrylic, street art, artwork by Helene
©2019 Helene
Richmond Hill Queens NY aka Little Guyana - Painting, 12x24 in ©2019 by Helene - Street Art, street-art-624, artwork_cat.Cities, new york city
$1,369
Richmond Hill Queens NY aka Little Guyana
Acrylic on Canvas, 12x24 in
Painting, oil, surrealism, artwork by Helene
©2019 Helene
The Moons Day Off - Painting, 36x24x2 in ©2019 by Helene - Surrealism, surrealism-627, World Culture, painting, surrealism, heleneruiz, new york city
On Request
The Moons Day Off
Oil on Canvas, 36x24 in
Painting, acrylic, surrealism, artwork by Helene
©2019 Helene
an urban playground - Painting, 9.5x7.1 in ©2019 by Helene - Surrealism, surrealism-627
On Request
an urban playground
Acrylic, 9.5x7.1 in
Painting, oil, surrealism, artwork by Helene
©2019 Helene
bedford stuyvesant brooklyn nyc - Painting, 7.9x7.9 in ©2019 by Helene - Surrealism, surrealism-627
On Request
bedford stuyvesant brooklyn nyc
Oil, Acrylic, 7.9x7.9 in
Painting, oil, surrealism, artwork by Helene
©2019 Helene
bronx nyc and mr softee ice cream - Painting ©2019 by Helene - Surrealism, surrealism-627
On Request
bronx nyc and mr softee ice cream
Oil on Canvas,
Painting, acrylic, surrealism, artwork by Helene
©2019 Helene
crimson skies over el barrio - Painting, 30x26x2 in ©2019 by Helene - Surrealism, surrealism-627
On Request
crimson skies over el barrio
Acrylic on Canvas, 30x26 in
Painting, oil, surrealism, artwork by Helene
©2019 Helene
da stoop life in da bronx - Painting, 24x12 in ©2019 by Helene - Surrealism, surrealism-627, acrylic on canvas
On Request
da stoop life in da bronx
Oil on Canvas, 24x12 in
Painting, acrylic, surrealism, artwork by Helene
©2019 Helene
da bronx nyc - Painting ©2019 by Helene - Surrealism, surrealism-627, acrylic on canvas
On Request
da bronx nyc
Acrylic on Canvas,
Painting, acrylic, artwork by Helene
©2019 Helene
memories - Painting ©2019 by Helene - acrylic on canvas
On Request
memories
Acrylic on Canvas,
Painting, acrylic, artwork by Helene
©2019 Helene
west harlem nyc - Painting, 20x20 in ©2019 by Helene - acrylic on canvas
On Request
west harlem nyc
Acrylic on Canvas, 20x20 in
Painting, oil, surrealism, artwork by Helene
©2019 Helene
crown hts brooklyn nyc home of the roller disco - Painting, 9.5x7.1 in ©2019 by Helene - Surrealism, surrealism-627
On Request
crown hts brooklyn nyc home of the roller disco
Oil on Canvas, 9.5x7.1 in
Painting, acrylic, surrealism, artwork by Helene
©2019 Helene
jackson hts qns nyc - Painting, 20x16 in ©2019 by Helene - Surrealism, surrealism-627, acrylic on canvas
On Request
jackson hts qns nyc
Acrylic on Canvas, 20x16 in