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Untitled, (reclining nude) by Richard Helzer

  • Title: Untitled, (reclining nude)
  • Artist: Richard┬áHelzer
  • Medium: Stone
  • Size: 15"h x 32"w
  • Donor: Gift of the Richard Helzer Family
  • Campus: Rock Creek
  • Location: B3/1 Mall by elevator

Known for his generosity as artist and as teacher, Richard Helzer started the art and art history programs at PCC Rock Creek and for many years also ran the gallery that now bears his name. Helzer studied at Portland State University and was a studio assistant for Frederic Littmann, a renowned Northwest sculptor. In its classicism and blocky grace, this piece reflects the influence of Littmann. While Helzer was comfortable with the vocabulary of abstraction, he loved the challenge of depicting the human form. And while he was adept at casting and assembling compositions, he enjoyed the direct physicality of carving and working in clay. Thanks to Helzer's generosity and that of his family, the Rock Creek Campus collection contains a wide range of this artist's important pieces.