Artist Statement

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. Submerged in the vibrant colours of land and sea, these atmospheric pieces contain a unifying energy. They bring together through paint and marks her emotional, spiritual and visual summation of Ireland and other countries as they appear to her now and via the lens of memory.

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, Australia, Sweden, Turkey, South Africa and USA


 Solo Exhibitions:

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:

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 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