My work reflects my preoccupations with current events: war, militarism, and people’s struggles against impossible odds.
My photographs are usually at the base of my creative process. These images are printed on paper and glued onto the canvas. Graffiti from New York, architecture from Germany or Pakistan, headless mannequins from the streets of Paris are collaged together. Out of this visual cacophony, I create a harmonious whole, an abstract urban landscape around which I develop my narrative. I use acrylic paint and sometimes magic markers. I proceed through trial and error and constantly build and destroy. In recent years, graffiti have become a major source of inspiration.
The use of drawings and cartoon-like characters as well as bright colors enables me to inject humor and visual appeal into serious discussions about war and violence
Helene Mukhtar is a mixed media New York artist with international roots.
Born in France, she now lives in Brooklyn and travels extensively in Europe as well as in the Indian Subcontinent. Her photographs are at the basis of her creative process.
Helene Mukhtar received her MFA from Florida State University. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and France.
Recent solo exhibitions include the 440 Gallery in Brooklyn, Galerie ArtSud in Toulouse, France and Ion Studio in Soho, NYC. She also participated in numerous group shows. Her work is in private collections in Florida, France and New York.