Wagon, oil on linen, 26 x 32cm
Folded neatly, oil on linen, 21 x 26cm
Rosy Baby, oil on linen, 32 x 26cm
Helen Blake is a painter whose practice focuses on colour, engaging with rhythm and formalism, chance and deliberation. Using a working method where process and contemplation guide the evolution of the work, her small, overtly hand-made paintings record and examine colour conversations within accumulating pattern structures, embracing accidents, flaws and discrepancies within their rhythms.
Andrew Wilson, Curator of Modern and Contemporary British Art at Tate Britain, has written of Blake’s work that is underpinned by process - “always variously methodical and rational, yet also absurd and affected by the interruption of chance. In Blake’s paintings, colour is deployed to follow a given order and yet these are paintings of nature ..... not the rigid order of an urban modernism, but the texture and rhythms, and immediacy of life unfolding.”
Selected solo exhibitions
2016 Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co Wicklow.
2015 New Paintings, Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast.
2015 Accession, Iontas Arts Centre, Castleblaney, Co Monaghan.
2014 FUTURES 14, RHA Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.
2012 Self-assembly, The Market Place Arts Centre, Armagh
Selected group exhibitions
2016 RUA RED Winter Open Submission 2016 (November - December 2016)
2016 Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Exhibition, London ( June - August 2016).
2016 RHA Royal Hibernian Academy 186th Annual Exhibition, Dublin.
2016 Winter Group Exhibition, The Molesworth Gallery, Dublin.
2015 Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast (November 2015 - January 2016).
2015 FUTURES Anthology 2011-2014, RHA Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.
2015 VUE National Contemporary Art Fair, RHA, Dublin; showing with The Molesworth Gallery.
2015 Wavelength, The Molesworth Gallery, Dublin (with Gillian Lawler, Bridget O'Rourke, and Tom Phelan).
2015 RHA Royal Hibernian Academy 185th Annual Exhibition, Dublin.
2015 Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast (June 2015).
2015 Cairde Visual 2015, Sligo Open Submission, Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo; selected by Mark Garry and Megan Johnston, Director, The Model, Sligo.
2015 Dunlavin Festival of Arts, invited artist.
2014 Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast.
2014 RHA Royal Hibernian Academy 184th Annual Exhibition, Dublin.
2014 Boyle Arts Festival, invited artist; curated by Patrick T Murphy, Director, RHA.
2013 Claremorris Open Exhibition, Claremorris, Co Mayo; selected by Andrew Wilson, Curator of Modern Art &Contemporary British Art, Tate Britain.
2013 RHA Royal Hibernian Academy 183rd Annual Exhibition, Dublin.
2013 County Wicklow Visual Arts Open Submission 2013, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray; selected by Patrick T Murphy, Director, RHA.
2012 Civilising the Wilderness, Eigse, Carlow Arts Festival, VISUAL, Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow; selected by Barbara Dawson & Brian Duggan.
2012 Sketchbooks, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin.
Awards and bursaries
2015 The Model Cara Award, Cairde Visual 2015; selected by Mark Garry.
2013 County Wicklow Visual Arts Open Submission, overall winner; selected by Patrick T Murphy, Director, RHA.
2012 Wicklow County Council Group Bursary Award 2012, as part of The Tellurometer Project.
2011 Artlinks Artists and Practice Programme, with curators Cliodhna Shaffrey and Eilis Lavelle.
2009 Wicklow County Council Individual Artist’s Bursary Award 2009.
2002-2005 Gorey School of Art, Co Wexford.
1980-1983 B.A. (Hons) Visual Art, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
2016 The Model, Sligo.
2015 LFTT Library project, The Guesthouse, Shandon, Cork.
2014 LFTT Library project, The Guesthouse, Shandon, Cork.
OPW State Art Collection.
Per Cent for Art, Tara Hill School, Gorey, Co Wexford.
University of Wales.
Member of The Tellurometer Project.