Helen Campbell

Bedfordshire-born and bred, I moved to London in 1987 and somehow fell into a career in corporate banking. In late 2005 I seized the chance to escape and since then have devoted myself to studying and developing my own artistic practice. I now divide my time between field trips across Britain (with a particular focus on Cornwall) and my studio in Central London, where I am currently working on a number of portrait and landscape commissions. My studio is part of Make Space, a community of artists, artisans and creative businesses (www.makespacestudios.com). 

A lifelong fascination with energy and motion forms the basis of all my work, from abstracts to portraits. The brushstrokes are strong and physical, the paint scratched on with a palette knife or thinned to near translucency to expose the layers of activity beneath. The raw power of the sea; the tension of muscles; a blast of wind-whipped rain; a fleeting change in expression - every one is unique and my desire is to capture their essence within the painting itself.


Exhibitions:

"Evocativo" Gallery37, Turin, Italy,  November 2017
'Threads', Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh, July 2017 
'Open Studios' Makespace Studios, London, November 2016 & June 2017
'Human Nature' Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch, London, October 2016,
'Summer Exhibition', Obsidian Art Gallery, Stoke Mandeville, Bucks, July 8 - Sept.18 2016 
'Force of Nature' Menier Gallery, London, August 2015 
'Place and Space' Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch, London, September 2015
'The Portrait Show' Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch, London, April 2015 
'Wind, Wood & Water' Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch, London, September 2014 
'Espacio Portraits' Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch, London, April 2014
'Life Forms' Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch, London, August 2013
'In The Moment' Hertford Theatre, Hertfordshire, April 2013
'Espacio Portraits' Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch, London, April 2013
'Landmark Autumn Art Fair', Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington, Middx, October 2012
'A Celebration of Sport' The Bermondsey Project, London SE1, July-August 2012
The Copper Beech Gallery, Little Wymondley, Hertfordshire, April-July 2012
'Contemporary Art for Christmas': The Lloyd Gill Gallery, Weston-Super-Mare, Nov 2011
'Site' group show: The City Literary Institute, London, September 2011
'Art In Marylebone': American Intercontinental University, London, June 2011
'Create, Master, Inspire': The Art Academy, Southwark, London, July 2010
'Art In Marylebone': American Intercontinental University, London, June 2010

Education:
2010-2011:  The City Literary Institute, London: Developing Fine Art Practice 
2009-2010:  The Art Academy, London: Certificate in Fine Art (Painting)
2008-2009:  The City Literary Institute, London: Fine Art Diploma
2007-2008:  The City Literary Institute, London: Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Merit)

What don't we know about you?
I've never eaten a fried egg and I hula-hoop for ten minutes a day.  

I don't know if these facts are connected.

Favourite Book?
"The Remains of the Day'  Kazuo Ishiguro. Regrets and repressed emotion captured beautifully with not a word wasted.


Favourite Artist?
Caravaggio, especially 'Supper at Emmaus', a work of grimy genius.  

I also love the feeling of light in Peter Lanyon's 'Gliding' paintings.

Favourite Quotes?
'I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught' - Winston Churchill
 

What couldn't you live without?
Cornish smoked sea salt, strong black coffee and a bit of peace and quiet.

 

How do you keep the balance in life?

I'm not sure I do! It's often not until I arrive at my evening yoga class that I realise how tense and unfocussed I'm feeling.  I'm trying to improve this with some morning stretches and deep breathing and a lot more walking in the countryside.  I'm a work in progress!

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