New artist at For Artsake Gallery


Printmaker Helen Abe-Ichien is the newest member at For Artsake Gallery collective in Newport’s Nye Beach district. She lives in South Beach, having moved there in 2014 from Long Beach, Calif.

Abe-Ichien was born on an Air Force base in Fukuoka, Japan. Her family immigrated to California in 1957, and she earned an master’s degree in printmaking from California State University in Long Beach. She was a printmaking instructor at Loyola Marymount, L.A, and at Cal State, Long Beach.

In the vibrant California art world, she worked in printmaking with artists such as Judy Chicago, Chuck Arnoldi, Claire Falkenstein and Rafael Soyer. She also was an arts educator in the Los Angeles area.

Abe-Ichien is currently re-established as a printmaker and sometimes modifies her prints with prismacolor pencils, pastels and watercolors.

“Printmaking enables the highly controlled production and exact reproduction of a given image from print to print,” she said. “Despite this, a variety of factors makes room for inconsistencies between prints of the same image. Sometimes differences are dramatic and obvious. Often prints feature intense detail to one area while other areas are left empty making prints seem uneven, incomplete and approximate. This persistent inconsistency, imperfection and incompleteness of the print has precipitated the basis for much of my work.”

Abe-Ichien’s art was introduced to the area at the Newport Visual Arts Center, first at the Push Pin Show, and then in the Mayors’ Show in January of this year.

She has been in numerous juried and group exhibitions in California.

Her work may be seen at For Artsake Gallery, 258 NW Coast St., Newport.