The Art of Sherlock Holmes Artist 18 - Bruce Helander

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The Artist

Bruce Helander is an art critic, arts writer, curator and artist whose speciality is collage and assemblage. He has a master’s degree in painting from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, where he later became the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of the college. He is a former White House fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and has won the South Florida Cultural Consortium fellowship for professional achievement in the visual arts. He is one of two 2014 inductees to the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, Florida’s most prestigious arts and culture honour - the other is musician Tom Petty (see article main image).

His work is in over fifty museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Smithsonian, Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles. 

Bruce is the first artist to appear a 2nd time in the Art of Sherlock Holmes as he had a piece in the first book (West Palm Beach).

For the Art of Sherlock Holmes project we recorded an interview with Bruce which was a lot of fun! 



“If there was a Pulitzer Prize for collage, Helander would surely win it.” 

Kenworth Moffett, former director, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale.

The Story

His piece for The Art of Sherlock Holmes USA is based on the story The Adventure of The Missing Link by David Marcum. David plays The Game with deadly seriousness. He first discovered Sherlock Holmes at age ten in 1975. Since then he has collected, read, and chronicled literally thousands of Canonical Holmes adventures. In 2008 he began writing them and has since produced over forty well-regarded short stories and novels, as well as a number of essays about the world’s greatest detective. In 2015, he conceived the idea of The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories, now at twelve massive volumes and still going strong. Counting these books, he has now edited over two-dozen anthologies, as well as re-issues of the Solar Pons and Dr. Thorndyke books, while continuing to write new Holmes stories. He is a licensed civil engineer living in Tennessee with his wife and son. His blog can be found at 17 Step Program.

We also interviewed David for the Art of Sherlock Holmes West Palm edition:


The piece has been released as an authenticated print by the Conan Doyle Estate.

The Merchandise 
There are lots of offers on books, art prints and merchandise on our Art Of Sherlock Holmes Page.


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