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Artwork for Helen Arthur

Hawthorn and Hazel, Olchon Brook

Turquoise Lake

The Leet, Cloddock Mill

Midsummer Morning, East Brecon Beacons

Moccas Hill Wood - etching

Laid Hedge, Longtown - etching

First Snow, Cat's Back

Beyond the bracken, Olchon Valley

Details

Telephone: 
07702 090559
How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

When a landscape becomes meaningful to you, it gets under your skin to create vivid memories. My paintings and prints capture that…
There’s a kind of wild light here on the edge of the Brecon Beacons – you see *all* the weather and the seasons feel extreme. This works on my creativity in an inescapable way. On the one hand, I'm drawn to paint the vistas of imposing mountain views and big skies: on the other, I photograph, draw and etch the intimacy of enclosed woodlands and hedgerow spaces. In my dual practice, I search out both the wide space beyond as well as the narrow spaces between. Although my work is representative, it is first and foremost an individual's expressive interpretation, so I'm always seeking to push the abstraction in what I do. My practice is rapidly evolving and often surprising. I'm intrigued as to where the continuing exploration will take me.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

To be an artist you strive to be true to yourself while not necessarily being sure of yourself. You benefit from a love of experimentation and a fearless approach. You need to let go of self criticism, or too much awareness of your audience, and patiently let the process and your responses guide you and give you satisfaction. There's the joy of exploring and mastering materials, but there's also the challenge of identifying and capturing your emotional connection to the world around you and what you want to say about it through art.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

I started out as a playful, illustrative printmaker about 5 years ago and then discovered landscape painting in 2020 during lockdown. My special place is in the Brecon Beacons – you’ll find me in my stone-built studio in the remote Olchon Valley, under the shadow of Offa’s Dyke and Hatterall Hill. The Cat’s Back and Skirrid mountains bookend the ridge.

My art practice is open and evolving. I take photographs, sketch (inside and out), draw or paint in mixed media most days (obsessive, yes!) A lot of work is created in sketchbooks and on paper; it's not for display but is all about abstraction, discovery and knowledge gathering. When I work on larger "formal" pieces, I find myself painting the natural world, recognisably so, although I fully expect to see my practice become more abstracted as I grow artistically.

I also privately combine my visual work with creative writing and look forward to seeing how this develops.

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

As we come out of the pandemic I'm resuming printmaking workshops. Please do contact me directly for information through my website and newsletter for updates. From time to time I take local landscape commissions. My practice is mainly self generated however, as this allows me to follow my own enquiries.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

CURATION

Following, successful application for Arts Council Funding, I'm co-curator of the Mappa Marches touring exhibition, aiming to support 8 other artists in the marches region. We’ll be showing the mixed discipline work around the Marches counties for nearly a year, starting at HARC, Rotherwas, in January 2022 and finishing at The Sidney Nolan Trust, Presteigne in October 2022.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

Coming up:

Visiting exhibitor – Court Cupboard Gallery – 7 May to 14 July 2022

“The Perfect Hill” exhibition, group show, Ludlow Assembly Rooms Private from 16 July 2022, 4 to 6pm

2021

Ironbridge Fine Arts
RCA Open Art Competition Conwy, North Wales

2020
H.Art here at Skirrid Studio & Gallery

2018
Crickhowell Open Art Competition show

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

Landscape art – Bluestone Gallery in Hay on Wye

Linocut and etching prints – Ironbridge Fine Arts

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