Item #AT-0373

Mid Century "Cape Ann" Oil on Canvas
by Rudy Helmo (1908 - 1986)


Mid Century "Cape Ann" Oil on Canvas
by Rudy Helmo (1908 - 1986)


Private Collection Cape Ann MA.




20"H x 24"W


25"H x 29"W

A noted painter and art teacher of upstate New York, he was born on April 15, 1908, the 10th and last child of Ludwig and Rosa, in Thurmansbang, Bavaria, Germany.    Rudy started painting as a teenager.    In post-World War I Germany, many young people were leaving for a better life in the U.S., and Rudy joined his older brothers in New York City in 1929.  Rudy remained dedicated to painting and, while still working long shifts in restaurants, studied for four years at the Art Students League of New York.  There, he studied under noted teacher/artists Robert Brackman and George Bridgeman. In 1944 he moved to Upstate NY with his wife. They bought a farm and this became is studio. His paintings were strong and confident, however. His cityscapes of older neighborhoods in Albany were both immediate and timeless. He painted the seaside in Cape Ann and Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Maine. His flower paintings -- often wildflowers Rudy picked, arranged casually and painted before they f

Rudy exhibited in Utica, NY at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, the Berkshire Museum (Pittsfield, MA), and the Southern Vermont Art Center in Manchester), among many other venues.  Among Rudy's prizes: a purchase prize by the 25th Regional Exhibition by Artists of the Upper Hudson, 1960; first prize in academic oil painting, Albany Artists Group, 1961; purchase prize of the Art Festival, Utica; Honorable Mention, Cooperstown Art Association; first and second prizes, Empire Market Show; Bruce W. Sanborn Award for Portraiture, the Berkshire Museum,Pittsfield, Mass.; and first prize, Art Fair of 1957, Albany, N.Y.

He was a life member of the Art Students League. He had 30 one-man shows and was included in many group shows in New York City, California, Florida, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont. His work is in many private collections.

Information provided by Joan Bondy, the artist's daughter.