Hélène BAUTISTA

The description of an artist’s work can be prone to pigeonholing.  With their distinctively narrative bend Hélène Bautista’s prints could be easily reduced to a definition.  Steeped in language, and a trained and practicing French teacher, Bautista clearly relishes telling a good story.  The small scale of her linocuts and aquatints can seem deceptively simple.  Yet, what makes her visual storytelling so expansive is her ability to suggest the world beyond the compositions edge.  Stairs go up, and down.  Are we in a library or in a crammed Parisian apartment?  Pavement extends to infinity, seemingly.  Does it actually only lead to the ticket booth of train station?

Born and raised in the Southern city of Toulouse, Hélène Bautista became a printmaker in 2012.  She had always drawn, but was prompted by a vision problem to reassess her activity at that time.  Lucky for us, she decided to translate the stories she discusses as a teacher, into drawings, which she shares with us.  While Bautista thrives on the strength of contrast in her linocuts, the same monochromatic commitment translates into far soften tones in her aquatints.  There’s something for each of us: those who like grayscale and those who like it spelled black on white.

Helene Bautista - Contre-Jour - aquatint - walking up staircase - detail
$225

Backlit

BAUTISTA, Helene

Contre-Jour ( Original French title) Drypoint, aquatint, detailed with sandpaper, printed in bluish-black ink on Reina wove paper.Edition of 30.Sig...

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Helene Bautista - A Rebours - going backwards wrong direction - man with cap and scarf
$220

Backwards

BAUTISTA, Helene

Etching and aquatint printed in bluish-black ink on wove paper.Edition of 30.Signed, titled and numbered in pencil.

Winter Sold
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Winter

BAUTISTA, Helene

Hiver (original French title) Etching, drypoint and aquatint printed on wove paper.Edition of 30.Signed, titled, dated and numbered in pencil.

Helene Bautista - Pas Perdus - etching
$275

Lost Steps

BAUTISTA, Helene

Pas Perdus (original French title) Drypoint and aquatint printed in bluish-black ink on Reina wove paper.Edition of 30.Signed, titled and numbered ...

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Helene Bautista - Stairs - etching
$225

Stairs

BAUTISTA, Helene

Etching, diamond point, aquatint, sugar-lift in bluish-black ink on Reina wove paper.Edition of 30.Signed, titled and numbered in pencil.

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$225

Quai de Gare

BAUTISTA, Helene

Train Platform (English translation) Etching, drypoint and aquatint, printed in bluish-black ink on Reina wove paper.Edition of 30.Signed, titled, ...

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Helene Bautista - Brooklyn - etching of Brooklyn Bridge in the snow
$190

Brooklyn

BAUTISTA, Helene

Etching and aquatint printed in bluish-black ink on Reina wove paper.Edition of 30.Signed, titled, dated and numbered in pencil.

Helene Habbot Bautista - Belvedere - aquatint - women cloche bowler hat balcony
$250

Belvedere

BAUTISTA, Helene

Etching and aquatint, detailed with diamond point, printed in bluish-black ink on Reina wove paper.Edition of 30.Signed, titled and numbered in pen...

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