Photo: Helen Dryden in Leeds, Yorkshire

Helen Dryden


I am a visual artist living and working in Leeds. My paintings and drawings are abstract, and they often have representational elements. Bright colours, patterns, psychedelic swirls of watery paint and solid blocks of colour feature in my work. Subjects include 90's ravers, stage illusionists, and my own friends. Abstract pieces may include non-elitist, accessible materials such as pom poms, ribbons, gems, and fabric. I am motivated by ideas of visual pleasure, utopian worlds, alternate realities, escapism, joy, and humour.
I have been a practising artist since graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2000, and in 2015 was awarded a Creative Industries Trafford Micro-Commission award.


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Location Leeds, Yorkshire
Activities Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Drawing, Installation, Mixed Media, Painting
Tags painting, drawing, Psychedelic, utopia, rave, alternate reality, subversive, abstract, figurative

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  • Helen Dryden Open Studio – at East Street Arts’ Open Studios 2015

    Helen's home studio

    As part of East Street Arts Open Studios 2015, I will be opening the doors to my studio in my home, and welcoming you to see where I work. Please contact me via my website for my address.

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