Acrylic on panel
Dimensions: 41cm (H) x 31cm (W) x 2cm (D) / 16.1" (H) x 12.2" (W) x 0.8" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Inspired by the architectural forms, colours and shapes of East London, this abstract painting is informed by images captured as I wandered the streets, canals and waterways. With a slightly retro pop art feel, this painting has a harmonious palette of soft natural tones, deep, dark and watery blues, along with brighter flashes which lead the eye around the painting's surface.
Based in: London
An award-winning artist, Helena Benz creates painting, photography and print inspired by the abstract forms, colours, and details of the urban landscape and built environment.
Helena studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and has taken part in exhibitions and projects both in the UK and internationally. She lives and works in London.
“Inspired by early Modernist avant-garde painting, I investigate cities and architecture through the experience of wandering. Informed by these explorations, geometric forms, illusory perspective and bold use of colour are used to create intricate and abstract images".
Helena was Director of the Undergraduate Fine Art Programme at the University of Nottingham from 2006-12 and has taught at a number of higher education institutions in the UK and US. She has taken part in a number of exhibitions, projects and residences both nationally and internationally including: NatWest Art Prize, selected by Marjorie Althorpe-Guyton & Callum Innes; Lothbury Gallery London; East International, Norwich Gallery, selected by Lawrence Weiner & Jack Wendler; A13 at the Wapping project, as part of a collaboration with artist Jock McFadyen and writer Iain Sinclair, funded by the Architecture Foundation; Royal Academy Summer exhibition, invited artist, selected by Tess Jaray; The Vickers Art Award, 12 month residency based in Derbyshire, with two solo museum exhibitions, publication, and a short collaboration with poet and broadcaster Iain McMillan; Visiting Artist, School of Fine Art, Illinois State University, US; ACME Fire Station Residency, selected by Cornelia Parker & Tracey McKenna; Solo show at Mappin Museum, Sheffield, selected by Charles Esche & Paul Nesbitt; and participant in the Artists Leadership Programme, Cultural Leadership Programme. She has work held in public and private collections across the UK.
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