Ann-Helen English

Ann-Helen English

Ann-Helen English

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Growing up in Northern Sweden surrounded by forests, mountains and lakes, together with memories of the magic and mystery of Nordic folk stories, had a profound impact on Ann-Helen English.  Now as an adult, she divides her time between London and a small island in the Baltic (one of the hundreds of islands in the Stockholm archipelago), revisiting many of these early influences.  Emerged in this remote environment, where the rawness of nature is the dominant force, she distills images from countless observations to arrive at brief glimpses or moments of truth – much like “seeing the world in a grain of sand” or indeed like a line of poetry that tells a whole story.

Ann-Helen’s paintings often contain elements of real as well as invented nature, in the sense that sand, stone and plant life are incorporated as well as painted.  She often combines printmaking techniques with painting in her working process.  She graduated with an MA in Printmaking from the Slade School of Art in 1981 but uses the techniques to explore and experiment with painting.  She often uses the same plates over and over, inking them differently each time or using collage and handpainting to make each print unique. For Ann-Helen, the expressive qualities of printmaking are more interesting than the possibility of endless reproductions.

 

EDUCATION

Uppsala University Sweden 1971­-73
Reading University UK 1975-­79 BA Hons

The Slade School of Art UCL 1979­-81 MA

EXHIBITIONS INCLUDE
Stowells Trophy, RA 1979
New Contemporaries, ICA 1981
The Spirit of London, South Bank 1981
Metro Show, Wapping 1982 -83
The International Print Biennale, Bradford 1982
Print Selection, Serpentine Gallery 1982
Artists in Focus (joint 1st prize) Morley Gallery 1982
Rockford International’83, Illinois, USA 1983
Out of Print , South Hill Park, Berks 1983
Camden Annual,Camden art Centre 1984-85
The Warwick Art Trust, London 1985
Space Studios Open, London 1985-87
Anna Bornholm Gallery, London 1986-96
Saga Art Gallery, London 1986-91
Acme Open Studios, London 1988-91
John Jones Gallery, London 1994
Waxworks, Collins Galley,Glasgow 1997
Letchworth Art Centre, Herts 2001
The Strang Print Room Collection, UCL 2001
Gallery 8, Sundsvall, Sweden 2002
Mellanfjarden Gallery, Sundsvall, Sweden 2002
Kaleyard Gallery, Chester 2004
‘Landmarks III’, Lowood Gallery, Cumbria 2006
‘Landscape, Configuration, Practise’, The Study Gallery, Poole, Dorset 2007
The Lighthouse, The Centre for Arts, Poole. Dorset 2007
‘Frontiers’, an artists book project, The Study Gallery, Poole, Dors
Summer Show, One Church Street Gallery, Great Missenden, Bucks 2013
‘Art in a Box’, One Church Street Gallery, Bucks 2013
Harrogate International Art Expo, with NOA 2015