John Heliker (1909–2000)

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JOHN HELIKER
Clamdiggers in the Fog, 1980
oil on canvas, 50 x 60 inches
$50,000
JOHN HELIKER
Sketch of a Foggy Inlet, 1981
oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches
$12,000
JOHN HELIKER
House and Trees by the Bay, 1969
oil on canvas, 21 x 25 inches
$18,000
JOHN HELIKER
Three Bathers, 1972
oil on canvas, 26 x 34 inches
$22,000
JOHN HELIKER
Still Life with White Flowers, 1988
oil on canvas, 24 x 21 inches
$16,000
JOHN HELIKER
Picnic with Woman and Young Boy, 1975
oil on canvas, 20 x 19 inches
$15,000
JOHN HELIKER
Still Life with Shell, 1987
oil on canvas, 24 x 20 inches
$16,000
JOHN HELIKER
The Clamhusker, 1989
oil on canvas, 22 x 16 inches
$15,000
JOHN HELIKER
Spring Planting, 1972
oil on canvas, 26 x 30 inches
$18,000
JOHN HELIKER
Two Figures Picking Cranberries, 1982
oil on canvas, 20 x 20 inches
$15,000
JOHN HELIKER
Landscape with Rocks and Beach, 1968
oil on canvas, 26 x 25 inches
$18,000
JOHN HELIKER
The Dining Room, 1990
oil on canvas, 24 x 20 inches
$20,000
JOHN HELIKER
Three Figures on Cranberry Island, 1987
oil on canvas, 20 x 20 inches
$16,000
JOHN HELIKER
Still Life with Farmyard, 1985
oil on canvas, 20 x 30 inches
$18,000
JOHN HELIKER
Shore with Figures, Maine, 1992
oil on canvas, 14 x 17 inches
$11,000
JOHN HELIKER
Man with Lobster Buoy and Dog, 1991
oil on canvas, 21 x 19 inches
$14,000
JOHN HELIKER Clamdiggers in the Fog, 1980 oil on canvas, 50 x 60 inches $50,000
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JOHN HELIKER Sketch of a Foggy Inlet, 1981 oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches $12,000
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JOHN HELIKER House and Trees by the Bay, 1969 oil on canvas, 21 x 25 inches $18,000
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JOHN HELIKER Three Bathers, 1972 oil on canvas, 26 x 34 inches $22,000
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JOHN HELIKER Still Life with White Flowers, 1988 oil on canvas, 24 x 21 inches $16,000
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JOHN HELIKER Picnic with Woman and Young Boy, 1975 oil on canvas, 20 x 19 inches $15,000
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JOHN HELIKER Still Life with Shell, 1987 oil on canvas, 24 x 20 inches $16,000
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JOHN HELIKER The Clamhusker, 1989 oil on canvas, 22 x 16 inches $15,000
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JOHN HELIKER Spring Planting, 1972 oil on canvas, 26 x 30 inches $18,000
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JOHN HELIKER Two Figures Picking Cranberries, 1982 oil on canvas, 20 x 20 inches $15,000
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JOHN HELIKER Landscape with Rocks and Beach, 1968 oil on canvas, 26 x 25 inches $18,000
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JOHN HELIKER The Dining Room, 1990 oil on canvas, 24 x 20 inches $20,000
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JOHN HELIKER Three Figures on Cranberry Island, 1987 oil on canvas, 20 x 20 inches $16,000
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JOHN HELIKER Still Life with Farmyard, 1985 oil on canvas, 20 x 30 inches $18,000
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JOHN HELIKER Shore with Figures, Maine, 1992 oil on canvas, 14 x 17 inches $11,000
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JOHN HELIKER Man with Lobster Buoy and Dog, 1991 oil on canvas, 21 x 19 inches $14,000
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John Heliker (1909–2000) Biography

John Heliker (1909-2000) was born in Yonkers, New York. He studied painting at the Art Students League from 1927-’29. Heliker taught at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and was a Professor of Art at Columbia University for twenty-seven years. He has also taught at the Art Students League, the New York Studio School (he was a founding faculty member), and in the MFA Painting Program at Parsons School of Design. His work was exhibited nationally in the major survey exhibitions of the Carnegie Institute, the Brooklyn Museum, the Cleveland Museum, the Corcoran Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art’s “Abstract Painting in America,” and many others. The Whitney Museum of American Art honored Heliker with a mid-career retrospective in 1968, and he has been included in numerous Whitney Museum annuals and biennials. He was represented at the Bicentennial Exhibition, “America: 1976” at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC that traveled through the country, and his work toured Europe through USIA in the 1950’s and was featured at the Worlds Fair in Brussels in 1958 and in Osaka in 1969.

Photograph by Charlotte Brooks, for the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation

Among the artist’s many awards are the Prix de Rome (1948), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1951), three Ford Foundation Purchase awards, and numerous awards from the National Academy of Design including the Benjamin Altman prizes for Landscape, Figure and Still Life. Heliker was elected a member of the National Institute for Arts and Letters in 1969 and was an Academician of the National Academy of Design. From the American Academy of Arts and Letters he won a Gold Medal for Merit and a Purchase award and grant in 1967. The artist was awarded Honorary Doctorates of Fine Arts from Colby College, Maine and from Bard College, New York. His works are included in numerous public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Walker Art Center, the Philadelphia Museum and the Whitney Museum, among many others. In Maine alone, his works are in The Farnsworth Art Museum, The Portland Museum, The Ogunquit Museum, and in the museums at Bowdoin and Colby Colleges.

 

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Fall 2016
designNJ

Maine’s Moody Vibe: There’s more to this artists’ destination than perfect blue skies and perfect blue sea.

ALTHOUGH I GREW UP IN NEW JERSEY, I’ve been going to Maine since I was 10. In the very beginning, actually, I was not quite in Maine. The place we visited, Star Island, is part of the Isles of Shoals, a small group of rocky islands about nine miles out fromPortsmouth, New Hampshire. But the […]

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August 2014
Maine Sunday Telegram
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Art Review: Heliker exhibition displays brilliance of painter whose work transcends. It’s time for John Heliker to take his place among Maine’s greats.

In John Heliker’s 1985 painting, Clamdigger with Dog, a man facing to the right looks over his right shoulder toward a black dog sitting behind him so that his face points at us. Behind him, below soft purple hills in the distance, a thick ribbon of cerulean water sets the straight horizon line at its […]

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August 2014
The Arts Fuse

Fuse Visual Arts Review: The Paintings of John Heliker — Ripe for Rediscovery

“A teacher affects eternity,” wrote Henry Adams. “He can never tell where his influence stops.” This sentiment is worth contemplating when regarding the exhibition of John Heliker’s works at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth, Maine. Someone hurrying through it on their way to the next item in the busy summer event schedule Downeast might […]

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Exhibition Catalog
John Heliker: Paintings from the Cranberry Island Years
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