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'The River of Blue' 2023 Oil & Pastel on Canvas by Helen Alice Johnson

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

In store at The Old Cinema | November - December 2023

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Oil and pastel on canvas


50cm x 81cm

From the artist:

This painting is inspired by a visit to Sunbury on Thames. I painted the Walled Garden at Sunbury in 2022 as part of my garden series and wanted to revisit the area I spent the morning painting 'En Plein Air' by the banks of the river on a beautiful, but windy day. I am interested in the relationship between people and nature and often put symmetry in my work as a reflection of the impact of man on the environment. In this case, the trellis of the Middle Thames Yacht Club allows a symmetry within the freer landscape around.

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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