Photo: Helen Dryden in Leeds, Yorkshire

Helen Dryden


I am a visual artist living and working in Leeds. My paintings and drawings are sometimes abstract, and sometimes representational. 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

News & Events

  • Screen Dump - part of Love Arts Leeds

    01/10/2015 – 22/10/2015
    Sela Bar, Leeds LS1 6NU (Not wheelchair accesible - apologies)

    Five artists from Leeds take part in Screen Dump - a group art show inspired by images and ideas from the ubiquitous screen; part of the Love Arts Leeds festival. Opening party 1/10/15 6-8pm!

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  • Shelf Life

    12/09/2015 – 30/10/2015
    PS Mirabel, Mirabel Studios, 14/20 Mirabel Street Manchester, M3 1PJ

    I'm delighted that three of my abstract paintings have been selected for Shelf Life, PS Mirabel's Open Exhibition. All are welcome to the Opening Party, 10/09/15, 6-9pm. See you there!

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