“ I am an artist who spends a lot of time staring into flowers. I rarely work from photos or even my own drawings; perhaps they are too still. There is a stillness about a real flower, but a stillness that masks an unceasing journey of transformation. My work is an attempt to convey this paradox of quiet grace, coupled with such inherent movement. Petals can appear to be seemingly floating on air; they can be stretched in readiness to “take off”; they can seem to be sculpted into swirling channels and billowing shapes by an invisible wind, but there is no wind, just a silent suspension in response to light. I work on a scale that is larger than life, so there is space for the viewer to come inside the scene and share the transient energy of this silent sensuous world.”

Helen studied art at Banbury College of Art, then at the Royal Academy Schools, London. She regularly shows her work and has had exhibitions in Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Gloucestershire, Dorset and London, the most significant being Kew Gardens Gallery, in Kew Gardens London, where she had 30 pictures on show. Solo shows have been at: Islington Arts Factory, London; Muriel Barker Gallery, Heritage Centre, Grimsby; Town Mill Galleries, Lyme Regis, Dorset and Exbury Gardens in the New Forest. Recent major solo exhibitions include “Whispers of Future Past” at the Oxford Botanic Gardens in 2015 and “Traveller’s Poise” in Wolfson College Oxford in 2017. Helen teaches pottery part time at Castle Court School, Corfe Mullen, and leads art workshops. She moved down from Grimsby to Dorset in April 2005.

Future exhibitions: 12th-29th September 2019 “Restless Still” The Lovely Gallery, Sydenham, London.

website:   www.helensimpsonartist.co.uk

email:   helen@helensimpsonartist.co.uk