The Molesworth Gallery

Helen Blake


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.

On-going collaborations
Member of The Tellurometer Project.

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