Helen Clark Oldfield
1902-1981

Theme/Style – Figurative art, landscapes, still lifes, portraits

Media – Oils, acrylics, drawings

Artistic Focus – A pupil of Otis Oldfield, a master of the urban landscape and portraiture genres, Helen Clark Oldfield developed a unique palette and approach to her modernist subjects. Her still lifes combined deep, rich colors with diffused detail, giving the viewer a sense of mystery. Her portraits and landscapes drew upon a similar palette and are rich in color and have an uncommon depth.

Career Highlights –

• Born Helen Clark in Santa Rosa, California, Helen Clark Oldfield first studied art at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland and later at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco, where she was a pupil of Otis Oldfield. They were married in 1926.
• Preferring that her husband be the professional painter of the family, Helen did not exhibit frequently during their marriage, and from 1945 to 1971 she taught art and art history at the Sarah Dix Hamlin School in San Francisco.
• After the death of her husband in 1969, Helen Clark Oldfield exhibited often in the San Francisco Bay Area and is only now getting the recognition she has long deserved.

The Gallery proudly represents the Estate of Helen Clark Oldfield.

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