Helēna Heinrihsone (b. 1948) entered the Latvian art scene during the 1970s. Her painting is distinguished by pure colours, clear form as well as laconic and expressive imagery. The artist has consistently developed her individual way of expression and proved to be an inventive painter who today holds a significant place in contemporary Latvian art.

The scope of subjects in Heinrihsone’s art is wide – bathers, dancers, Christ on the Cross, weeping women, roses, sculls, sunsets. Several themes can be joined in one work, human characteristics – with those of animals, thus creating images of the artist’s private mythology. Abstracted figures are created from the blend of bright colour-fields and primitive lines.
Oil on canvas is the most common technique used by Heinrihsone. At the same time, she has practised also in water-colour, lithography and painted ceramics.

Helēna Heinrihsone is the author of the first modern painted altarpiece in the post-war Latvia (triptych with the Christ on the Cross, motifs of St. Peter and the New City at the Kolka Lutheran Church, 1993).

The painter had 10 solo exhibitions in both Latvia and abroad since 1972, including solo exhibition at the State Museum of Art (1990). She took part in group exhibitions at the Zvolle City Museum (2002), Frauen Museum in Bonn (1992), Grand Salle de l’Aubette in Strasbourg (1997), Maison du Danemark in Paris (1997) and other important exhibitions of Latvian art.

Helēna Henrihsone’s works are found in collections of the Latvian National Museum of Art (previous title - State Museum of Art), Artists’ Union of Latvia Museum, State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum in New Jersey, USA, private collections in Latvia and abroad.