Artist Profile: Helen Alice Johnson
BA Combined Hons in Visual Art and Art History
Living and working in Alston, an area of outstanding natural beauty in Cumbria, it is impossible not to notice the beauty and majesty of the landscape that surrounds me. My work aims to explore the relationship between people and nature.
Last year I focussed on gardens and a celebratory relationship. This year, I am focussing on rivers, and as such, my paintings have become less celebratory and more considered, but hopefully still positive in outcome. I am an optimist at heart! I have introduced the use of fluorescents as underpainting, with just a hint showing through an oil painted top coat! I like the toxic beauty of fluorescents, and am interested in how we as humans are drawn to that which is bad for us.
I use the golden section for my canvases as a nod to the geometricity of nature and often reinforce this through pattern in my work