H. S. (Helen) Moynihan

(1902, Marcus, IA - 1994,  )

Helen Moynihan (known professionally as H.S.) was born in Marcus, Iowa in 1902. She was raised in Chicago, where she attended the Chicago Art Institute and Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and the Art Institute of Chicago. Moynihan worked as a commercial artist until she moved with her husband and children to Milwaukee in the thirties. There, she studied under Robert von Neumann, Charles Thwaites, Armin O. Hansen, and fellow artist Hulda Rotier Fischer. Highly influenced and working alongside some of Milwaukees's notable artists of the period like Schomer Lichtner and Joe Friebert.

Moynihan was most active during the forties and fifties. She painted the world she saw around her in a palette composed of "dark sooty jewel tones" of the industrial age. Fully aware of the booming New York Art scene, she applied it to the grit and glamour of the Milwaukee scene. 

Best known for her portraiture and landscapes, completed through direct observation in Plein Air and photographs. She worked for the joy of creation, experime

H. S. (Helen) Moynihan
Barn with Chicken by H. S. (Helen) Moynihan
Barn with Chicken
19.5 x 23 in.
Under the Bridge by H. S. (Helen) Moynihan
Under the Bridge
24 x 20 in.