Eugene Healy 1948 -
Eugene Healy Synopsis
Since 1967, Eugene Healy has pursued abstraction with collage visualized as shorescapes. He has effectively materialized his feelings about living near the water, being places that have evoked in him particular moods. He obsessively makes many changes in his collages, utilizing a great variety of mediums until he is certain his expressions sing to the tune of Clive Bell’s concept of “significant form.” Healy has also served as a curator and exhibition designer. Jack Welch, the legendary former CEO of General Electric, is among the most enthusiastic collectors of his collages.
East Wharf I 2008Collage20 x 19 inches ( 50.80 x 48.26 cm )
Hammonasset I 2006Collage32 x 30 inches ( 81.28 x 76.20 cm )
Hammonasset II 2010Collage4 x 26 inches ( 10.16 x 66.04 cm )
Hammonasset III 2006Collage32 x 30 inches ( 81.28 x 76.20 cm )
Hammonasset IV 2006Collage37 x 30 inches ( 93.98 x 76.20 cm )
Hammonasset IX 2003Collage12 x 14 inches ( 30.48 x 35.56 cm )
Hammonasset V 2006Collage32 x 30 inches ( 81.28 x 76.20 cm )
Image coming soon...Hammonasset VI 2005Collage25 x 18.50 inches ( 63.50 x 46.99 cm )
Image coming soon...Hammonasset VII 2005Collage14 x 28 inches ( 35.56 x 71.12 cm )
Hammonasset VIII 2001Collage11 x 11 inches ( 27.94 x 27.94 cm )
Hammonasset X 2004Collage14 x 16 inches ( 35.56 x 40.64 cm )
Peconic Bay 2010Collage32 x 30 inches ( 81.28 x 76.20 cm )
Point Lookout I 2007Collage18 x 17 inches ( 45.72 x 43.18 cm )
Image coming soon...Point Lookout II 2005Collage19 x 18.50 inches ( 48.26 x 46.99 cm )
The Sound I 2005Collage30 x 17 inches ( 76.20 x 43.18 cm )
The Sound II 2001Collage8 x 11 inches ( 20.32 x 27.94 cm )
The Sound III 2002Collage13 x 12 inches ( 33.02 x 30.48 cm )
The Tide 2008Collage18 x 14 inches ( 45.72 x 35.56 cm )
Eugene Healy Biography
Although the early 20th century paintings of Picasso and Braque are cited as seminal in abstract art it was not until the 1930’s that the movement found its full swing as an avant garde movement in America. And by 1950, Jackson Pollock and the Abstract Expressionists pushed their visions to yet another limit and established New York as the epicenter of the art world.
Since then, abstraction has been entrenched internationally as one of the most dominant forms of visual expression. But the problem is that while many thousands of artists have tried their hand at abstraction the great majority have failed. Although many artists have been sincere and passionate in their pursuit, the fact remains that too many abstract painters have fallen far short of what the British art critic Clive Bell, called “significant form” way back in 1913. He referred to that special orchestration of lines, shapes, and colors into certain combinations and relationships so that the completed work evokes an aesthetic ecstasy. They move us. It’s just that simple . . . yet so immensely difficult to pull off.
Eugene Healy ranks among those abstract painters who have clearly grasped Bell’s concept of “significant form.” For this artist, collage is a melody first heard as a thirteen-year-old growing up in Brooklyn, New York, where he was born in 1948. Among his early primary influences were Matisse, Vermeer, Diebenkorn, Rauschenberg, Hoffman, and the Fauve painters. He pursued his painting at New York Institute of Technology, earning his B.F.A. in 1972.
Starting in 1967, he began a long exhibition record with galleries and art museums throughout the country. He has also served as a curator, beginning in the late 1970’s, when he conceived and organized the popular traveling exhibition, American Vision, which was launched at New York University. Later, he served as Director of the National Artists’ Alliance, and as Exhibition Designer for the Yale Center for British Art. Jack Welch, the legendary former CEO of General Electric, is among the most enthusiastic collectors of Healy’s collages.
Many of Healy’s collage-paintings are abstractions of shore scenes, being places that have evoked particular moods and feelings in the artist. And it is those feelings that he so effectively materializes by mixing mediums ranging from oil, watercolor, encaustic, oil crayon, lacquers, and colored pencil applied to fragments of canvas, boards, and paper. Often, one delights in the subtle addition of beach sand, fragments of printed fabrics, and even pieces of window screens. These are musical arrangements. Yet what is generally not known about the artist is that in the process of capturing those feelings just right he returns to each work, over and over, almost obsessively making changes until he is certain his expressions sing.
-- Peter Hastings Falk
Eugene Healy Exhibition History
Select Solo Exhibitions
1972 New York Institute of Technology (Library Mural)
1974 Fairfield Public Library Gallery, Fairfield, Conn.
1974 John Slade Ely House, New Haven, Conn.
1980 Parsons School of Design, New York
1980 New School for Social Research, New York
1998 Yale University, School of Medicine
2000 Peter Hastings Falk Gallery, Madison, Conn. (solo exhibition)
2000 University of Connecticut (solo exhibition)
2000 Hastings Art Management Services, Inc, Madison, Conn.
2001 Opus 71 Galleries, Key West, Florida (solo exhibition)
2001-on Art Cabinet, Nantucket, Mass.
2004 Kiesendahl+Calhoun Fine Art, Ltd., Beacon, New York
2006 Nevin Kelly Gallery, Washington DC (solo exhibition)
2008 Cate Charles Gallery, Stonington, Conn.
2010-on Summer House Gallery, Madison, Conn.
Select Group Exhibitions
1967 University of Tennessee
1968 Northeast Louisiana State College
1968 Louisiana State University
1972 C.W. Post College, New York
1974 John Slade Ely House, New Haven, Conn.
1976 John Slade Ely House, New Haven, Conn (Munson Gallery Award)
1976 Munson Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
1978 Educational Center for the Arts, New Haven, Conn.
1979 American Vision Exhibition, NYU
1980 American Vision Exhibition, NYU
1981 American Vision Exhibition, NYU
1981 New York University (“Small Works” exhibition)
1988 Dumont Landis Gallery, New Brunswick, New Jersey
1992 Chapel Street Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
2000 The Painting Center, New York
2003 Nevin Kelly Gallery, Washington, DC
2010 Cate Charles Gallery, Stonington, Conn.
2011 Gallery 125, Bellport, New York
2011 Madelyn Jordan Fine Art, Scarsdale, New York
Exhibition Designer, Yale University, Yale Center for British Art
1979-81 Creator and Curator of American Vision traveling exhibition: New York University; Montclair State College, NJ; Parsons School of Design, New York; New School for Social Research, New York