This exhibition presents a selected overview of Heilmann’s paintings, drawings, and ceramics (tiles, functional pieces, and sculptures) from 1979 to 1994. Trained as a ceramicist under Peter Voulkos in San Francisco, Heilmann has been active since the 1960s. She is primarily known for her paintings characterized by a strong modernist sensibility that combines the geometric vocabulary of artists such as Mondrian and Malevich with a robust gestural quality associated with the Abstract Expressionists.
Small Vent, 1972, 20 1/2 x 31 1/2 inches
The eccentric, softened shapes and intense colors employed by Heilmann, however, conjure up images of synthetic domestic décors and the pervasive lights of Las Vegas and Times Square. This frenetic vibe situates Heilmann’s paintings and ceramics within the brightly lit environments and quick pace of contemporary life.