Approved: 16.08.2006

Helen Booth

Artist, Maker

Approved: 16.08.2006

Drawings and prints are excavated from the surface through repeated scratching, scuffing, scarring and erasing. Absence and presence vie for attention through disrespecting paper and canvas, from hammering and chiseling acrylic plates, inked and burnished repeatedly until the plate is bruised and annihilated revealing how all surfaces are unstable and unreliable.

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  • Location: Llandysul, Wales
  • Activities: Private commissions
  • Categories: Project, Drawing, Installation, Painting, Printmaking
 
 

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    Biography

    Drawings and prints are excavated from the surface through repeated scratching, scuffing, scarring and erasing. Absence and presence vie for attention through disrespecting paper and canvas, from hammering and chiseling acrylic plates, inked and burnished repeatedly until the plate is bruised and annihilated revealing how all surfaces are unstable and unreliable.

    Seemingly beautiful, seductive images are conjured from violence and horror.

    Booth punctures the surface of the paper with butchers string, split crochet yarns and brass tacks, creating a tension between the image as object and rupturing to revealing what lies beneath.

    Staccato marks wound the surface, multiple layers of ink, gesso, plaster and graphite create shimmering, fragile, gossamer-like images that echo memories of fleeting encounters, lost potential, disrupted structures and shifting horizons.

    Booth treats her canvas with more respect, teasing the marks through the working and relaying of paint and graphite.

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    CV & Education

    Solo exhibitions  2013 - Mnemosyne, The Last Gallery, Llangadog 2013 - Synapse and other stories, Duckett and Jeffreys, Yorkshire 2008 - HOPE, Oriel Clwyd Art Centre, Mold, Chester 2008 - landscapes, Llantarnham Grange Arts Centre, Cardiff 2008 - Solo Show, The Salt Gallery, hayle. Cornwall 2007 - Landscapes, Morgan Boyce Gallery, Marlborough 2007 - Reflections, Oriel Mwldan, Cardigan 2007 - Solo Exhibition, Oriel Mwldan, Cardigan Group exhibitions 2013 - Ludlow Open, Ludlow College, Ludlow 2013 - Matter Lumina, Milkwood Gallery, Cardiff 2012 - Marks Of Intent. 2 Person Exhibition, The Art Shop, Abergavenny 2012 - Matter Lumina, King Street Gallery, Carmarthen 2012 - Threadneedle Art Prize, The Mall Galleries, London 2012 - Work On paper, Cadogan Contemporary, London 2012 - Works On Paper, Cadogan Contemporary. , Knightsbridge London 2011 - Abstraction, Cadogan Contemporary, London 2011 - Artemesia, St Davids Hall Gallery, Cardiff 2011 - Coedwig, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen 2008 - Group Show, St Davids Hall, cardiff 2008 - Ornament, Llantarnham Grange Arts Centre, Cardiff 2008 - Welsh Artists, left Bank Gallery, Aberdeen 2007 - Affordbale Art Fair. Battersea, Battersea Park/ Morgan Boyce gallery, London 2007 - Autumn Show, Bowlish Contemporary Arts. Sheppton Mallet, Sheppton Mallet 2007 - The Salt Gallery, The Salt Gallery, St Ives 2006 - 2 person Show, Galanthus Gallery, Wormbridge, Hereford 2006 - December Exhibition, Washington Gallery, Cardiff 2006 - Surface, Oriel Davies, Newtown 2005 - Art Zurich, Zurich International Art Fair, Zurich, Switzerland 2005 - Group Show, Projekt 30, New York 2003 - Making it, Parkview Gallery, Birmingham 2002 - Artwest, Carmarthen Gallery, Carmarthen 2002 - Four, Parkview Gallery, Birmingham 2002 - Traffic, Carmarthen Gallery, Carmarthen 2002 - Traffic, Southside Gallery, Leatherhead 2001 - Young Welsh, Royal Cambrian, Conway Curated projects 2012 - Projection of Strings, blinc, Conwy North Wales 2012 - STRINGS, blinc, Conwy North Wales Live/Performance 2011 - blinc Digital Arts Festival, Conwy. North Wales, Conwy Artist talks 2013 - Importance of the Landscape in my work, curated by Marc Rees, St Peters Civic Hall, carmarthen Residencies 2006 - Artist in Residence, Ysgol Yr DDerwen, Carmarthen Private commissions 2012 - Synapse Drawing Series 1-10, Berwick Street Studios, London 2009 - 90 Black and White Drawings and prints, the Arch Art Hotel , LOndon 2009 - The Sky at Barafundle, Bankside Lofts, London Projects 2006 - My Square Mile, Ysgol Aberporth primary School, Aberport, Ceredigion, Wales 2006 - My Square Mile, Ysgol LLangadog, Carmarthenshire Competitions, prizes and awards 2012 - Award for Painting, Pollock Krasner Foundation Inc, New York 2011 - Arts Council R&D Award, Welsh Arts Council, Wales 2009 - Elected a member of the RCA, Royal Cambrian Academician, Wales 2009 - Oppenheim John Downes Award for Painting, For Studio Practice, London 2007 - Oppenheim John Downes , MEMORIAL AWARD, WESTMINSTER LONDON 2006 - Arts Council Personal development Grant, Out in the Landscape, S.W. Wales