"Quarry Near Barret, Vermont"
Oil on Board, 20" x 32" unframed, circa 1935
John Heliker was an American born in Yonkers, New York in 1909. Originally a cubist painter, he evolved into a realist. He studied at the Arts Students League from 1927-1929. Between 1948 and 1958, he made numerous trips to Italy, which had a great influence on his work. In 1951, he received the Guggenheim fellowship. He taught at three universities in New York City, including Columbia University from 1950-1977, as well as the Arts Students League and at Parsons. In 1965, Heliker was the founding member of the New York Studio School and became associated with the National Academy of Design of New York City in 1979. John Heliker is one of the most important artists of the 20th century and his name appears in multiple art texts and didactic books regarding cubism as well as American art. His art hangs in approximately 36 museums in the United States, including the Yale University Art Gallery, the Whitman Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh/Carnigie Institute and the National Museum of American Art.