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'Oxygen' 2023 Oil & Pastel on Canvas by Helen Alice Johnson

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£300.00

Part of 'Routes into Nature' exhibition by Helen Alice Johnson Artist.

In store at The Old Cinema | November - December 2023

Open evening Thursday 2nd November, 5pm - 8pm


Oil and pastel on canvas

2023

40.5cm x 25cm

From the artist:
This painting is the smallest of the three paintings inspired by a visit to Henley on Thames. I spent the morning painting en plein air on the banks of the River Thames, with a view of Temple Island as well as the river. Rowers, runners and walkers went passed while I painted, and it felt like people and nature were living life in a rhythmic harmony. The title of this painting - Oxygen, refers to life itself, and also reflects the number eight, mentioned in the painting 'Eightfold'

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Artist Spotlight | Helen Alice Johnson

BA Combined Hons in Visual Art and Art History
MA Contemporary Art Practice

From the Artist:

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