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'Underneath a Spring Sun' 2023 Oil & Pastel on Canvas by Helen Alice Johnson

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Oil and pastel on canvas


50cm x 81cm

From the artist:

This painting is part of a collection of paintings inspired by a visit Richmond Lock and Weir in the Spring of 2023. I spent a morning painting on the Thames Path, gathering imagery from nature as well as from manmade interventions, which I then took back to the studio to create an abstract interpretation of the area. I often put symmetry in my paintings in the form of pattern, and the beautiful symmetry of the bridge at the Lock was too good to miss.

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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