Art@57 News - October

‘Works on Paper – Grid Landscape Series’ by Helen Ireland
September 29th – October 27th 2019

Art@57 are extremely proud to have eight new works on paper made for our window by local Artist Helen Ireland. These amazing colourful geometric gouaches will adorn our window space for the month of October and will be our first exhibition of abstract Art. Read below to understand a little more about how Helen describes her own work and the ideas and influences behind it.

‘In my work I explore the relationship of colour and geometry to build up densely worked abstract compositions that balance an ‘all over’ sense of order and space. The surfaces and fragments are things found and seen.   I am particularly drawn to surfaces that  seem ancient and show a history of gathered marks. I make drawings and take photographs. I rework an image over a period of  time.  I am not particularly interested in things being instantly recognisable but more evoking a visual hypnotic ambiguity that is spatial and suggestive of collected thoughts and memories. It is sometimes difficult  to describe when a painting really works because it seems to be that it is at the ‘point of not knowing’ that the artwork really becomes itself.

If you can allow colour to breathe, to occupy its own space, to play its own game in its unstable way, it’s wanton behaviour, so to speak. It is promiscuous like nothing. (Bridget Riley)

I studied for a BA in Fine Art at Central/St Martin’s and an MA at Chelsea School of Art. After that I was the ‘Drawing Fellow’ at Winchester School of Art. I taught drawing on the foundation course at Hertfordshire University for eight years. I have participated in Artists’ workshops in Namibia, Georgia and The Netherlands. I was one of the artist’s involved with the ‘Rivers of  the World’ programme funded by the British Council for five years. ‘Rivers of the World’ is the Thames Festival Trust’s flagship art and education project. I worked on the ‘City Year’ project at The National Gallery in 2016/2017. I was a  founder member of Gasworks Artists’ studios and Cubitt Artists’ Studios. My work is in collections including British Land, FORTE, Arthur Andersen, New Hall Cambridge University, UNESCO, British Airways. ‘


If you are interested in booking an appointment to view Helen’s work with a view to purchasing it , or have any questions about it or any of our previous Window Artists please contact Louise – Curator Art@57 by email.