Eileen Hickey

A Life in Art

Armed with nail polish, lipstick, eye shadow and various other unconventional media, artist Eileen Hickey-Hulme creates her pearlescent, abstract images often juxtaposing images of power with those of fragility.

I came to NYC when I was 18, alone and pregnant, with just $250 in my pocket to meet Jackson Pollock. I got my first art scholarship when I was 9 and attended the Saturday Morning Art Classes at the Albright Knox Art Gallery in my fabulous hometown, Buffalo, NY, the "Queen City of the Great Lakes".

I started using make-up to make art when I was eight years old.   I would take teeny seashells and glue them down on my paintings and Florida postcards and paint them with nail polish.  I am attracted to make-up for the colors, radiance and luminescence they possess.  I'm taking "girly" materials and giving them new power.

My guns, roses and images of myself explore feminist imagery as influenced by modernist, feminist and Surrealist themes.   I have married contemporary concerns with traditional structure, ie central imagery ie religious icons,  all over imagery ie Persian carpets and reclaimed devalued symbols such as tattoo art, china painting and fabric design, as potent and universal ones.  My own investigation of art history is filled with mesmerizing, radiant images of shimmering and emotionally powerful icons, which shape our reality.

 

 "I want to paint things that are seen, but not seen."

xoxo, Eileen

Artist Statement

 

I am an artist whose work explores fragility and exposure as influenced by Modernist, Feminist and Surreal themes.  I have married feminist imagery with contemporary concerns and reclaimed devalued symbols as potent and universal ones.

 

My own investigation of art history is framed with mesmerizing, radiant, universal images of shimmering and emotionally powerful images.

 

Landscapes are Caspar David Freidrich by way of Georgia O'Keefe and the Reverend Howard Finster, with Andy Warhol, O'Keefe and Max Ernst being my most important influences.  Luminous grids combine the iconic anti-formalism of the autobiographical with the rigor of Minimalism.  They float between reality and abstraction.  These works are   lustrous and full of ruby tones, metallic notes and vibrant chroma.

xoxo