Helen Ryan’s paintings document a personal journey; from her birthplace in Ireland to Australia, Europe, and ultimately her chosen home – London. Her creative practice focuses on recording and expressing what she sees, thinks, and feels as she travels and moves through life.
Her latest work moves from the figurative into abstraction portraying the tension and movement of nature and elemental forces. The pieces pull from a spiritual vein inspired by the stimulation of the coastal and land environments of Australia, Cornwall and the Scilly Islands to rural mystical Ireland.
Submerged in the vibrant colours of land and sea, these atmospheric pieces contain a unifying energy; brought together through paint and marks to form an emotional and visual response and recollection.
Helen regularly exhibits in London. Her work was selected for the 2014 and 2016 ING:Discerning Eye exhibition at the Mall Galleries. In 2012 and 2015 she was shortlisted for the New English Art Club (NEAC) exhibition at the Mall Galleries and shortlisted for the Columbia Threadneedle Prize exhibition at the Mall Gallieries in 2016. She has appeared on the BBC2 arts programme Show me the Monet.
Helen is a member of The London Painters and Sculptors Group
2014 Day Morris, Highgate, London N6
2014 Art on the High Street, Anthony Webb, London N14
2007/08 Burgh House, Hampstead, London NW3
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2016 ING: Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1
2016 Highgate Gallery, Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution, London N6
2015 North London Artist Network (NLAN), Strand Gallery, London
2015 Place & Space, Espacio Gallery, London E2
2014 ING: Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1
2014 NLAN (North London Artist Network), Camden Image Gallery, North London
2014 London Places Open Spaces, Crypt Gallery, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London
2014 City Life & Urban Themes, Taproom, Islington, London N1
2013 Artists @ the Crypt: The Gallery in the Crypt, Trafalgar Square, London
2013 Space Gallery, London N14
2013 Highgate Gallery, Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution, London N6
2012 Insight School of Art, North London
2012 Cork Street Open Exhibition, Mayfair, London
2012 17 @ ArtVanGo, Knebworth, Herts, UK
2011 17@ Insight, Insight Art, North London
2011 Ayot St. Lawrence Annual Art Exhibition, UK
2010 Ayot St. Lawrence Annual Art exhibition, UK
2009 Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution, Highgate, London N6
2015 Columbia Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries exhibition, London for 2016
2015 New English Art Club (NEAC) Mall Galleries exhibition, London
2012 New English Art Club (NEAC) Mall Galleries exhibition, London
Private commissions have included a wide range of sizes, subjects and scope.
2012 BBC2 arts programme Show Me the Monet series 2