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.
Lockdown was a productive creative period moving Helen's work into abstract expressionism using shape, colour, form and gestural marks to produce images that tautly convey the tension between freedom and control. She has developed practical workshops on abstraction painting and more recently has transferred her designs onto fabrics producing scarves and quilts.
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.
Her work is held in private collections in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Australia, Sweden, Turkey, South Africa and USA
2019 Chosen Places, Parndon Mill Gallery, Essex
2014 Day Morris, Highgate, London
2014 Art on the High Street, Anthony Webb, London
2007/08 Burgh House, Hampstead, London
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2022 Colour & Form '22, Collective Gallery, St Albans, Herts
2019 Colour & Form '19, Camden Image Gallery, London
2018 Colour & Form '18, Camden Image Gallery, London
2018 Mixed Media Exhibition, Candid Arts Trust, London
2018 Art Fair, Origin Gallery, Dublin
2017 Colour & Form, Strand Gallery, London
2016 ING: Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, The Mall, London
2016 Highgate Gallery, Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution, London
2015 North London Artist Network (NLAN), Strand Gallery, London
2015 Place & Space, Espacio Gallery, London
2014 ING: Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, The Mall, London
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
2013 Artists @ the Crypt: The Gallery in the Crypt, Trafalgar Square, London
2013 Space Gallery, North London
2013 Highgate Gallery, Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution, London
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
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.
September 2022 Cill Rialaig Artist Retreat - Kingdom of Kerry, Ireland
2012 BBC2 arts programme Show Me the Monet series 2