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Pomegranate and Paper Wasps by Joe Helms

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Pomegranate and Paper Wasps by 

47″×60″, acrylic on canvas

Original: sold. It is in a private collection in Europe

I would define my style as modern classical. I’m interested in life’s little dramas. Using allegory and symbolism there evolves a suspension of disbelief. Drawing the viewer in and along a storyline. I’m interested in tapping into the collective unconscious so each individual viewer forms their own personal narrative from the piece. I strive for a contrast between a calm and uneasy with a pensive quality: the instance before the event…
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  • mimi yoon
    mimi yoonover 3 years ago

    getting chills looking at the wasps… gosh, you’re good…

  • mimi, always goood for my ego…:)

    – Joe Helms

  • dperalta
    dperaltaover 3 years ago

    FANTASTIC work! Just SO well done!

  • oxoxo

    – Joe Helms

  • Larry Butterworth
    Larry Butterworthover 3 years ago

    This is a great looking work

  • thank you Larry….I notice in your work a theatricals flavor as well

    – Joe Helms

  • Inese
    Ineseover 3 years ago


  • thank you Inese

    – Joe Helms

  • Kate Eller
    Kate Ellerover 3 years ago

    Oh, you little prankster. Somebody left the pom for the creepy crawlies. After seeing the first one I was really startled to see this one. You like to shock little ole ladies don’t cha!!! Excellent work!

  • thanx Kate……sorry for the shock :)……I like to change the mood sometimes ….oxoxo

    – Joe Helms

  • Ann Mortimer
    Ann Mortimerover 3 years ago

    Absolutely fascinating image, Joe!

  • Thank you Ann

    – Joe Helms

  • Pete Janes
    Pete Janesover 3 years ago

    Between the sensation of furious, buzzing activity and the juice-soaked deathscene of the pomegranate, this piece conveys great menace. Bravo!

  • Pete, your a man poetic critics…..great description!

    – Joe Helms

  • vampvamp
    vampvampover 3 years ago


  • back at you Vampvamp……

    – Joe Helms

  • Anni Morris
    Anni Morrisover 3 years ago

    Awesome detail with this pomegranate and wasps. The interior is almost honeycomb like, did you have a photo reference? Amazing result. ~ Anni :)

  • thank you Anni, the pomegranate reminds me of a wasp nest …so it seemed to fit. Nice narrative. And yes I always use a photo reference for my paintings…’s always works better for me to observe rather than to make it up…:)

    – Joe Helms

  • Hiroko
    Hirokoover 3 years ago

    Wonderful work

  • thank you Hiroko

    – Joe Helms

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