Chronology

Helaine Blumenfeld’s voice has always come from within, with no allegiance to any particular style or movement. Her singular vision has brought us the ‘Genre Blumenfeld’, a style forged from a sculptural vocabulary that is entirely her own. She is widely recognised as one of the most significant sculptors of her generation.

Blumenfeld has created more than 90 large-scale sculptures for private and public clients including Lincoln Center [New York], Het Depot [Holland], Canary Wharf [London], The Lancasters [London], the University of Cambridge and the University of Leicester.

Blumenfeld’s work has been shown in more than 70 exhibitions worldwide. Of these, particularly notable shows include a joint show with Henry Moore at Alex Rosenberg Gallery [New York 1985] and solo exhibitions at Bonino Gallery [New York 1976], Het Depot [Holland 2007], The Town Hall [Oslo 2010], Taking Risks at Bowman Sculpture [London 2010], Helaine Blumenfeld in Pietrasanta [2011], Messenger of the Spirit at Salisbury Cathedral [2013], and her most recent show, Hard Beauty at Hignell Gallery [2016].

Blumenfeld served as Vice-President of the Royal Society of British Sculptors [2004-2009]. She was the first woman to be awarded the prestigious ‘International Sculpture Prize: Pietrasanta and Versilia in the World.’

In 2011 Blumenfeld was awarded an honorary OBE for services to the arts.

Helaine Blumenfeld is represented by Hignell Gallery, London.
FORTUNA [2016] in Jubilee Park, Canary WharfFORTUNA [2016] in Jubilee Park, Canary Wharf
2016
  • Fortuna commissioned by Canary Wharf Group, Jubilee Park, Canary Wharf, London
  • Meridiana commissioned by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the Royal British Society of Sculptors, Napoleon Garden, Holland Park, London
  • Exhibition ‘Hard Beauty’ at Hignell Gallery

2015
  • Temporary installation of Mysteries at Berkeley Square, London
  • Flame commissioned by the city of Pietrasanta
  • Exhibition ‘Helaine Blumenfeld / Henry Moore: A Dialogue 1985-2015’ at Bowman Sculpture

2014
  • Participant, Crucible 2, Gloucester Cathedral
  • Solo exhibition, Lichfield Cathedral
  • Masterpiece Art Fair with Bowman Sculpture
  • Co-curator and Participant Sculpture in the Garden: The Visionary Landscape of Professor Sir Robert Burgess, Harold Martin Botanical Gardens, University of Leicester
  • Installation of Flight at University of Leicester

2013
  • Tempesta - Bronze, height: 3m; Private Collection
  • Temporary installation of Spirit of Life at Park Lane, London
  • Solo exhibition, Messenger of the Spirit, Salisbury Cathedral

2012
  • Participant, 3rd Sculpture Promenade, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
  • Installation of Tempesta at The Lancasters, Hyde Park, London
  • Solo exhibition Helaine Blumenfeld, Robert Bowman Gallery, London

2011
  • Co-curator Royal British Society of Sculptors Members Working in Pietrasanta.
  • Installation celebration of The Space Within, Private Collection, London.
  • Sculpture in the Garden, 10th Anniversary, Harold Martin Botanical Gardens, University of Leicester
  • Awarded an Honorary Order of the British Empire (OBE).
  • Solo exhibition Helaine Blumenfeld Pietrasanta.

2010
  • Co-curator, 2nd Sculpture Promenade, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Sculpture at Woburn, Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire.
  • The Space Within (3 parts) - Carrara marble, height: 245 cm; Private Collection, UK.
  • Taking Risks, Robert Bowman Gallery, London.
  • Shanghai Art Fair with Robert Bowman Modern.
  • Cambridge Art Fair, Chilford Hall, Linton, UK.
  • The Heart Head and Hands, Harold Martin Botanical Gardens, Leicester University.
  • Masterpiece Art Fair with Robert Bowman Modern.
  • Crucible Exhibition, Gloucester Cathedral, with Gallery Pangolin.
  • Participant, Scultura in Valigia, Insa Gallery, Seoul, South Korea.
  • Made a 'Woman of Achievement' by the Women of the Year.
  • Blumenfeld in the Oslo Town Hall, Town Hall Oslo with Anfinsen Kunst.

2009
  • Exhibited at London Art Fair with Robert Bowman Modern.
  • Temporary installation of Angels: Harmony in front of Business Design Centre, Islington, UK.
  • Breaking the Surface, Arts Club, Dover Street, London.
  • Participated in 2009 Interart Exhibition, Heeswijk-Dinther, The Netherlands.
  • Participant, Scultura in Valigia, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama, USA.
  • Co-curated inaugural Sculpture Promenade at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Aurora - Amministrazione marble, height: 135 cm; Messenger of the Spirit - Amministrazione marble, height: 92 cm; Ascent - Amministrazione marble, height: 130 cm; Intimacy - Amministrazione marble, height: 145 cm; Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Oasis.

2008
  • Exhibited at London Art Fair with Robert Bowman Modern.
  • The Space Within, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London.
  • Solstrand, Honefoss, Norway with Anfinsen Kunst.
  • Shadow Figures: Dialogue - Bronze, height: 2.2 m; David Wilson Library, Leicester University.
  • Letting Go, Robert Bowman Modern, London.

2007
  • Recipient of 16th International Prize for Sculpture Pietrasanta e la Versilia nel mondo.
  • Helaine Blumenfeld: Visionary Landscapes, Sala delle Grasce, Pietrasanta, Italy.
  • Ascent - Bronze, height: 3.3m; Het Depot Sculpture Gallery, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
  • Solo exhibition, Het Depot Sculpture Gallery, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
  • Curator and participant, Masters and Emerging Sculptors from Studio Sem, Pietrasanta, Harold Martin Botanical Gardens, Leicester University.
  • Spirit of Life II - Carrara marble, 4 m x 2 m x 1.5 m; Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, West Sussex, UK.
  • Recipient of The President's Award, Clare Hall, Cambridge University.
  • Elected to High Table, Newnham College, Cambridge University.
  • Participant, A Source of Inspiration online exhibition, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK.

2006
  • Blumenfeld: In the Garden, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London.
  • Curator and Participant, Sculpture in the Garden, Harold Martin Botanical Gardens, University of Leicester.
  • Transcendence, Robert Bowman Modern, London.

2005
  • Exhibited at Olympia with Robert Bowman Gallery.
  • Moore Inspired, Sidney Cooper Gallery, University College, Canterbury.
  • Lecture: Happiness and Creativity, Institute of Contemporary Art, London.
  • Spirit of Life I - Carrara marble, height: 3m; Riverside Regional Medical Center, Newport, Virginia, USA (for Newport News Public Art Foundation).

2004
  • Elected Vice President, Royal British Society of Sculptors.
  • Lecture: Madness and Creativity, Fondazione Sem, Pietrasanta.
  • Metaphor and Transformation, Galleri Roenland, Norway.
  • Intimacy: New Sculptures in Marble, SG Gallery, London.
  • Sappho - White statuary marble, 200 cm x 70 cm x 35 cm; Private Collection, London.
  • Flame - Bronze, 400 cm x 150 cm x 65 cm; Clare Hall College, Cambridge, UK.

2003
  • Helaine Blumenfeld, Albemarble Gallery, London. Curator and participant, Sculpture from Pietrasanta, Harold Martin Botanical Gardens, Leicester University.
  • Donna Scultura, Chiostro di Sant' Agostino, Pietrasanta, Italy.
  • Light Vision and Transformation, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London.

2002
  • New Sculptures: Transformation, Galeria d’Arte La Subbia, Pietrasanta, Italy.
  • Awarded Honorary Doctorate by University of Leicester.
  • Curator and participant, Sculpture in the Garden, Harold Martin Botanical Gardens, Leicester University.
  • Solo show, Galleri Roenland, Norway. Nike - Macedonian marble, height: 1.1m; Het Depot Sculpture Gallery, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

2001
  • Broughton Gallery, Cambridge, UK.
  • Royal British Society of Sculptors: Summer Show, London.
  • A Retrospective, Wimpole Hall, the National Trust, Cambridge, UK.
  • Group show, Galleri Roenland, Oslo, Norway.
  • Aphrodite - Bronze, 195 cm x 62 cm x 40 cm &
  • Frieze (wall relief) - 240 cm x 110 cm x 4 cm; Private Collection, France.

2000
  • Solo show, Galleri Roenland, Oslo, Norway.
  • Royal British Society of Sculptors Show, London. Elected Fellow of Royal British Society of Sculptors.
  • Aphrodite - Bronze, height: 3.2m; Private Collection, USA.

1998
  • Publication of Mythologies: The Sculpture of Helaine Blumenfeld by Nicola Upson, Overlook Press, New York.
  • Galleri Roenland, Oslo, Norway. CCA Gallery, Cambridge, UK.

1997
  • Mythology: Recent Sculpture, Albemarle Gallery, London. Wimpole Hall, the National Trust, Cambridge, UK.
  • Psyche - Bianco Duro marble, height: 3.4m; Private Collection, USA.

1996
  • Cleopatra - Persian travertine, height: 2m; Private Collection, USA.

1995
  • Ad Occhi Aperti, Chiostro di Sant' Agostino, Pietrasanta, Italy.
  • Psyche - Carrara marble, height: 2.3m; Private Collection, USA.
  • Venus - Bronze, height: 1.6m; Private Collection, USA.

1994
  • Helaine Blumenfeld: Myth & Metaphor, La Subbia Gallery, Pietrasanta, Italy.
  • Tresors d’Art, with Sarina Tang Fine Art, Singapore.
  • Flame - Bronze, height: 3.3m; Private Collection, USA.

1993
  • Elected as Member of Royal British Society of Sculptors.
  • Flame - Macedonian marble, height: 3.5m; British Petroleum Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium.

1992
  • Helaine Blumenfeld: Cambridge 1972-1992, CCA Gallery, Cambridge, UK.
  • Masters of Modern Sculpture: Archipenko, Blumenfeld, Brancusi, Chadwick, and Moore, Galerie am Lindenplatz, Lichtenstein.

1991
  • Trent’anni da Sem, Pietrasanta, Italy.
  • Unity (2 parts) - Norwegian granite, height: 4.5m; City House, Cambridge, UK (for UNEX Group PLC).
  • Dialogue (2 parts) - Statuary marble, height: 3m; British Petroleum Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium.

1990
  • Forum International Exhibition, Düsseldorf, with Leinster Fine Art. Studio D’Arte La Subbia, Viareggio, Italy.
  • Souls (2 parts) - Bronze, height: 2.55m; Leicester University.
  • Creation - Carrara marble, height: 3m; Capital Place, Heathrow (for Capital & Counties).
  • Shadow Figures (2 parts) - Bianco Duro marble, height: 4m; Vision Park, Histon, UK (for Merrivale Moore PLC).

1989
  • Chicago International Art Exposition with Leinster Fine Art.
  • 3rd International Contemporary Art Fair, Los Angeles with Leinster Fine Art, London.
  • Blue Hill Cultural Center, Pearl River. New York Hopper House, Nyack, New York.

1988
  • Solo show, Leinster Fine Art, London.
  • Shadow Figures: Dialogue (2 parts) - Marble, height: 3m; Hotel Adagio, Rue Vaugirard, Paris (for Nouveaux Constructeurs).

1987
  • Earth Mother - Fibreglass, 8m x 15m x 4m; Event of the Year, Madison Square Gardens, New York.
  • Helaine Blumenfeld - Figurative Landscapes: Sculptures for the National Dance Institute, Alex Rosenberg Gallery, New York.
  • Double Torso - Bronze, height: 3m; The Crescent, Basingstoke, UK (for Capital & Counties).

1986
  • Galleri Kampen, Oslo, Norway.
  • Blumenfeld: Recent Work, Leinster Fine Art.

1985
  • Henry Moore/Helaine Blumenfeld: Dialogue, Alex Rosenberg Gallery, New York.
  • Two Sides of a Woman - Bronze, 240 cm (h) x 320 cm x 150 cm; Lincoln Center, New York.
  • Two Sides of a Woman II (fountain) - Bronze, 240 cm (h) x 320 cm x 150 cm; Beaumont Theatre, Coventry, UK (for Coventry City Council).
  • Villa Schiff, Montignoso, Italy.
  • ArtExpo, Basel, Switzerland.
  • Helaine Blumenfeld Sculpture, Coventry, Whitefriars (sponsored by Citibank/Arts Council of Great Britain).

1984
  • Galleri Kampen, Oslo, Norway.
  • Le Salon des Nations, Paris. Toujours L'Elegance, Leinster Fine Art.
  • Tension - Bronze, height: 1.93m; Private Collection, USA.

1983
  • Arco, Madrid.
  • Bath Festival.
  • A tribute to Edward Lucie-Smith, Leinster Fine Art.
  • Marmo Macchina, Carrara, Italy.
  • Figurative Landscape (5 parts) - Norwegian granite, height: 3m; Federal Government Plaza Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA (for Carley Capital Group).

1982
  • Double Torso - Bronze, height: 3m; Sinclair Research, Cambridge, UK.
  • Publication of The Sculpture of Helaine Blumenfeld by Edward Lucie-Smith, Sinclair Browne Ltd, London. Leinster Fine Art, London.

1981
  • Member of Arts Council of Great Britain Visual Arts Panel, 1981-1988
  • Organiser and participant in Four American Sculptors Working in Britain, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich

1980
  • Palazzo Mont Edisone, Viareggio, Italy
  • Aberbach Fine Art, London

1979 Zoumboulakis Gallery, Athens

1978 FIAC, Galerie Jacques Kaplan, Grand Palais, Paris

1977 Galerie Attali, Paris

1976 Retrospective 1966-1976, Bonino Gallery, New York

1974 Bonino Gallery, New York

1973 Kettle’s Yard Gallery, Cambridge, UK

1971 Bonino Gallery, New York

1969 Palais Royal, Galerie Jacques Casanova, Paris

1968 Chapman Gallery, New York

1966 First solo show of polished bronzes, Palais Palfy, Vienna

1965 Studied sculpture with Ossip Zadkine

1964 PhD, Columbia University, New York
Robert Bowman Gallery (2010)Robert Bowman Gallery (2010)
Robert Bowman Gallery (2008-2009)Robert Bowman Gallery (2008-2009)
Royal British Society of Sculptors (2008)Royal British Society of Sculptors (2008)
Het Depot (2007)Het Depot (2007)
Robert Bowman Gallery (2006-2007)Robert Bowman Gallery (2006-2007)
Royal British Society of Sculptors (2003)Royal British Society of Sculptors (2003)
Chiostro di Sant'Agostino (2003)Chiostro di Sant'Agostino (2003)
Galleria La Subbia (2002)Galleria La Subbia (2002)
Wimpole Hall (2001)Wimpole Hall (2001)
Galleri Roenland (2000)Galleri Roenland (2000)
Albemarle Gallery (1997)Albemarle Gallery (1997)
Galleria La Subbia (1994)Galleria La Subbia (1994)
Chiostro di Sant'Agostino (1995)Chiostro di Sant'Agostino (1995)
Sarina Tang Fine Art (1994)Sarina Tang Fine Art (1994)
Dusseldorf Forum International Exhibition (1990)Dusseldorf Forum International Exhibition (1990)
Blue Hill Cultural Center (1989)Blue Hill Cultural Center (1989)
Leinster Contemporary Art (1988)Leinster Contemporary Art (1988)
Leinster Fine Art (1986)Leinster Fine Art (1986)
Whitefriars, Coventry (1985)Whitefriars, Coventry (1985)
Alex Rosenberg Gallery (1985)Alex Rosenberg Gallery (1985)
Sainsbury Centre (1981)Sainsbury Centre (1981)
Bonino Gallery (1976)Bonino Gallery (1976)
Chapman Gallery (1968)Chapman Gallery (1968)