Oil on Canvas
150 x 120 x 4 cm
Helen Ballardie’s paintings explore ideas concerning truth, fiction, perception, and identity. In her latest series of paintings, The Gossips, the figures depicted are playing a game of Blind Man’s Buff but they have been taken out of their original contexts, rearranged, and made to look as if they are doing something different. Helen has long found inspiration from figures in an engraving of Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841) titled Blind Man’s Buff.
During the last year, artist Helen has worked on two projects for Mat Collishaw, a key figure in the important generation of British artists who emerged from Goldsmith’s College in the late 1980s. Along with a small number of other artists she helped paint an elaborate zoetrope for his exhibition ‘The Centrifugal Soul’ at Blain Southern in May 2017 and for a further show at The Vatican in September 2017.
Helen studied Fine Art Painting at the Kent Institute of Art & Design, (Canterbury College of Art). She was artist in residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company & won the Dulwich Picture Gallery’s Open Exhibition in 2014. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in Germany, Belgium, Italy, France and the UK, and is held in private collections in Europe, UK, and USA.
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