Artist Spotlight: Eli Helman

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In the days leading up to Craftproducers Autumn Arts Festivals, we will be profiling a few of the participating Exhibitors in this space. If you are an Exhibitor and you would like to see your information here, email


Eli Helman is a self-taught, outsider artist with an original style of pen & ink drawings he calls Maximalist. Combining an eclectic blend of nature, animal and musical themes with hints of surrealism and a cartoon-ish sense of humor, he weaves a highly detailed and intricate array of decorative and folk art inspired shapes, patterns and images to create a stunning visual experience that is both whimsical and thought provoking.

What mediums do you work with?
Pen & Ink drawing.

How would you describe your subject matter?
Eclectic subjects ranging from nature, landscapes, trees and animals to humanities, music and humor.

How long have you been exhibiting at Arts Festivals?
This is my 4th year exhibiting at art festivals.

How many shows do you do each year?
I do 25 to 30 shows each year.

How long have you exhibited with Craftproducers?
This is my second Craftproducers show.

What aspect of Festival life do you most enjoy?
I enjoy the traveling and meeting interesting people all over.

Which creative medium would you love to pursue but have not?
I would love to learn more about 3D art — sculpture in particular.


Eli Helman will be exhibiting at Craftproducers’ Manchester Fall Art & Craft Festival, October 4-6.
Learn more about Eli and purchase his work online at and be sure to like his page on facebook!



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