Expo Chicago 2024


HELWASER GALLERY is proud to showcase the latest series of artwork by J. Skornik at EXPO CHICAGO. We invite you to come discover our installation firsthand to truly appreciate the pieces in their texture, depth, and emotional resonance.

Skornik's artwork is a unique blend of classical training and immersion in the post-modernist art scene of New York. His creative endeavors are a dynamic response to the contemporary flood of imagery in our interconnected world, echoing the ethos of the 'pictures generation' with a modern twist. Jacob Skornik is a French Native who honed his skills in Old Masters with a degree in Art History from Paris X University, before transplanting to New York.

In his artistic process, Skornik appropriates old masterpieces and injects them with a vibrant pop art aesthetic that challenges their traditional academic presentation. He manipulates the original paintings by cropping, resizing and inverting them, turning them into striking two-tone silk screen appliqués, elevated with the shimmering allure of diamond dust. Skornik's technique creates a visualpresent, offering a narrative that seamlessly interweaves past and cinematic portrayal of classical figures like Vermeer’s Lacemaker and Girl With a Pearl Earring, immortalized in a Hollywood-esque fashion.

Muses through the spectrum of light, Masters through the spectrum of life. 

Muses have been a source of inspiration and creativity throughout art history. From ancient mythology to modern times, artists have depicted their muses as ethereal beings, embodying beauty, grace, and intellect. In ancient Greece and Rome, the Muses were goddesses of the arts and sciences, each overseeing a different realm of ingenuity. Michelangelo, Raphael and Botticelli amongst others, drew upon these mythological figures, portraying them as divine sources of inspiration. During the Renaissance, prominent figures like Leonardo da Vinci and Titian immortalized their muses in portraits, elevating them to the status of timeless icons. 

Despite the changing times, muses have continued to play a pivotal role in shaping the creative process, fueling artists' imagination and driving them to create works of unparalleled beauty and significance. Whether portrayed as celestial beings or mortal companions, muses continue to captivate and inspire artists to this day, embodying the eternal quest for artistic excellence and innovation. In place of seeking new sources of creativity, J. Skornik's transformational work pays homage to the original Muses. Drawing on their enduring power for inspiration, he encapsulates their eternal beauty in diamond dust, for diamonds last forever. In doing so he offers his Old Masters a “new life” - a regression, not as a relapse into infantilism but rather as “an attempt to get at something necessary, a sense of security, of reciprocated love, of trust” that the ideal affords.

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Expo Chicago 2024
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Clearwater Contemporary Art, LLC (d/b/a “Helwaser Gallery”) is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. This privacy policy describes the Personal Data which Helwaser Gallery collects about you through your use of our Platforms, and also sets out how we use, disclose, and protect this data.  It also outlines your choices and rights regarding the personal information you have provided to us.


This policy applies to all Personal Data processed online by Helwaser Gallery through its website, social media platforms, email, and newsletter subscription service.


For the purposes of this Policy:

“Personal Data” means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person, where an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person; and


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What information do we collect?

You may give us information about you by filling in forms when using our services, signing up to our newsletter or contacting us with enquiries. Such information can include:


1.    Your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address; and

2.    Data including artwork information, artworks owned, requested, offered, reserved, purchased, consigned and details of artwork invoices.


Information about your usage of, and interaction with our website. we may automatically collect data about your browsing activities including traffic data, location data, the originating domain name of your Internet service provider, and statistics on page views.


We keep your information confidential, but may disclose it to our personnel, suppliers or subcontractors insofar as it is reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this privacy policy. However, this is on the basis that they do not make independent use of the information, and have agreed to safeguard this information.


In addition, we may disclose your information to the extent that we are required to do so by law (which may include to government bodies and law enforcement agencies) in connection with any legal proceedings or prospective legal proceedings, and in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention).


How do we use the information collected?

Your Personal Data is generally processed by us as necessary for purposes directly related to our functions and activities. This includes any one or more of the following purposes:



We also use various forms of marketing to provide you with promotional materials for the purposes of marketing in accordance with our legitimate interests to send you information about gallery exhibitions and events. We use third party email providers, such as MailChimp, to process these marketing emails. If you would like to be removed from this mailing list, please contact us at or click on unsubscribe at the bottom of each marketing email.


We may share your Personal Data with our selected third party providers and suppliers for the performance of delivering our Service under the contract between you and Helwaser Gallery, including processing payments and delivering artwork to you in accordance with your instructions. Our third party suppliers will have their own processing terms. Where we reasonably believe that you are or may be in breach of any of the applicable laws, we may use your personal information to inform relevant third parties such as your email/internet provider or law enforcement agencies about the content.



Helwaser Gallery does not process the Personal Data of persons 16 years of age or younger, except where express consent has been communicated to us by a person capable of giving such consent on his/her behalf. Where the processing of your Personal Data does not fall under one of the bases set out within this policy, we will obtain express written consent from you for such processing by methods or means which include making you sign a form or check a box. You can withdraw such express consent at any time by contacting us at


You have the right to request a copy of the personal information we hold about you and to have any inaccuracies corrected.


We will use reasonable efforts to the extent required by law to supply, correct or delete personal information held about you on our files (and with any third parties to whom it has been disclosed to).


Access to Personal Data

You may request access to, and correction of, your Personal Data held by us by contacting us at the contact details at any time. All requests for access and/or correction will be processed within a reasonable time except where we refuse such requests in accordance with any applicable laws or regulations. In some situations, you may be able to access and correct your personal information directly through our Platforms.


Safeguarding Personal Data

We will use reasonable technical and procedural measures to safeguard your Personal Data, for example, by: ensuring that access to any personal account you have with us is controlled by a password and username which are unique to you; storing your Personal Data on secured servers; and restricting access to Personal Data on a ‘need to know’ basis.


Whilst we will use all reasonable efforts to safeguard your Personal Data, please note that the use of the Internet and/or our Platforms cannot be made entirely secure and we therefore are unable to guarantee the security or integrity of any Personal Data which is transferred from you or to you via the Platforms.


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You can ask us to restrict, stop processing, or to delete your Personal Data by contacting us at if:



If you inform us that you would no longer like us to store or process your Personal Data, we may be required to collect information from you each time you interact with staff members or through our website.


Making a complaint

If you are unhappy with the way Helwaser Gallery is processing your Personal Data, please let us know.

By email:, referencing “Privacy Policy”

By mail: Helwaser Gallery, 833 Madison Ave, Third Floor, New York, NY 10021


Data retention

We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary for the relevant service or as required by law, or for accounting or regulatory purposes, or as otherwise described in this privacy policy.


Changes to our policy

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Further rights of data subjects in the European Union (“EU”)

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All requests made to us in exercising the rights above will be processed within a reasonable time except where we refuse such requests in accordance with any applicable laws or regulations.



Updated August 2019