Approved: 16.08.2006

Helen Alveranga

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

The initial inspiration for my current body of work started with my garden. Nature is one of the most amazing things to me. I think of it as a place of discovery. I am inspired by it, I depend on it its raw material for me. The paintings I make are derived from photographs, which I take myself. I use the camera to jot down what I see. I like looking and describing, using the images to explore the process

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  • Location: London
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Private commissions
  • Categories: Drawing, Environment, Mixed Media, Painting
  • Tags: oils, painting, realism, nature, canvas, plants, pebbles, nature, mixed media
 
 

Biography

The initial inspiration for my current body of work started with my garden. Nature is one of the most amazing things to me. I think of it as a place of discovery. I am inspired by it, I depend on it its raw material for me. The paintings I make are derived from photographs, which I take myself. I use the camera to jot down what I see. I like looking and describing, using the images to explore the process of making. The medium I use is oil on canvas and the paintings vary greatly in size anything from 13.5cm x 17.5cm to 80cm x 100cm. Translating from one medium into another as I do with a photograph into a painting means that you have to really understand what you are looking at: decode it, break it down, plus you have to have a good knowledge of the new language that you're translating into i.e. the painting language, so that the resulting image really functions in the space between the two. There is more than one way to make a painting based on a photograph; I paint in a flat realistic manner, which is reminiscent of the illustrations in the early ladybird books of the 1960s. I grew up with these books, so there is probably a subliminal link to my painting style. I meticulously cover the entire surface of the canvas with the image, thus making the surface of the canvas whole.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2004 - BA Fine Art, London Metropolitan University, London, UK

Solo exhibitions

  • 2013 - From the Ground Up, Winns Gallery, Walthamstow.
  • 2011 - Natural Beauty, Ripley Arts Centre, Bromley
  • 2008 - In My Nature, Loughton Central Library, Loughton
  • 2006 - E17 Art Trail, Open Studio, Walthamstow 2006 - In my Nature, Sable D'or, Muswell Hill

Group exhibitions

  • 2013 - Cork Street Open Exhibition Winter Show, The Gallery in Cork Street, London
  • 2012 - Candid Berlin, Universitat der Kunste Berlin, Berlin
  • 2012 - Cork Street Open Exhibition, 27-28 Cork Street, London
  • 2012 - Islington Contemporary Art & Design Fair, Candid Arts Trust, Islington
  • 2012 - Not the Royal Academy, Llewellyn Alexander, London
  • 2012 - Painting & Sculpture Exhibition, Candid Arts, Islington
  • 2012 - The United Society of Artists 91st Open Exhibition, The Menier Gallery, London
  • 2011 - E17 Art Trail - Open Studio, Open Studio, Walthamstow
  • 2011 - Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries, London
  • 2010 - Artsdepot Open, Apthorp Gallery, North Finchley
  • 2010 - The 3rd Annual Cork Street Open Exhibition, 27-28 Cork Street, London W1S 3NG, London
  • 2009 - Art Liberating Lives, Mall Galleries, London
  • 2009 - artWorksOpen Inaugural Exhibition, artWorks ProjectSpace, Blackhorse Lane Studios, Walthamstow, London
  • 2009 - E17 Art Trail, Various, Walthamstow
  • 2009 - Festive Fancies, Ingoldsby Gallery, Margate
  • 2009 - La Galerie des Fleurs, Friar Lane Gallery, Nottingham 2009 - Sea Fever, Ingoldsby Gallery, Margate
  • 2008 - 1st Annual Cork Street Open Exhibition, The Gallery in Cork Street, London
  • 2008 - Flower Power, Beetroot Tree Gallery, Derby
  • 2007 - Cafe Gallery Annual Open Exhibition, Cafe Gallery, London
  • 2007 - E17 Art Trail, Open Studio, Walthamstow
  • 2007 - Salon 07, Seven Seven Contemporary, London Fields 2007 - Spring Exhibition, Redbill Gallery, Chester
  • 2007 - United Society of Artists Annual Exhibition, Cottons Atrium, Cottons Centre, London Bridge, London
  • 2006 - Momentum, Memier Gallery, Chocolate Factory, London
  • 2006 - The Great Art Christmas Fair, Alexander Palace, London
  • 2006 - Winter Exhibition, Stark Gallery, Canterbury
  • 2005 - Images In The City, Geffrye Museum, Shoreditch, London
  • 2005 - United Society of Artists, The Cottons Centre, London
  • 2005 - Winter Exhibition, Stark Gallery, Lewisham, London
  • 2004 - Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries, London

Corporate commissions 2004 - Calendar for 2005, Micrographix Graphic Design Company, Bicester Oxford