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'Winter Blues' Mixed Media on Canvas by Helen Johnson

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Oil and plastic on canvas

90cm x 214cm


Framed in a white wooden box frame

From the Artist: This painting is inspired by the winter of 2020 in Northern France, where I now have a studio. It is a fusion of thoughts, feelings and imagery taken from walks in the landscape during that winter. It is a combination of oil and non-recyclable plastic on canvas, with the large sweeping black marks ironed on to the raw canvas before priming to show the way plastic is cutting into our landscape - our environment.
The whole composition is based around 3 x 6 pointed stars, as a nod to the divine through symmetry, structuring the majestic beauty of nature in a way that people can comprehend.

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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