Photo: Helen Dryden in Leeds, Yorkshire

Helen Dryden


I am a visual artist who makes abstract and figurative paintings and drawings. Bright colours, patterns, psychedelic swirls of watery paint and solid blocks of colour feature in my work which varies in appearance, yet continues to explore the same themes. Sometimes I use scrap,  craft or childrens art materials such as cardboard, pom poms, ribbons, gems, gel pens and felt tips; as these are non-elitist, accesible materials that are sensual, fun, and pleasurable to use. My work is instinctive and it comes to me from subconcious inner visions and from found imagery. I am motivated by ideas of visual pleasure, utopian worlds, alternate realities, escapism, joy, and humour.

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

  • Boom, shk (gโ€™dit-gโ€™dit-dat)

    31/01/2015 – 28/02/2015
    Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, M33 7ZF

    I have recently been awarded the first Creative Industries Trafford Visual Arts micro-commission, devised in partnership with Castlefield Gallery. Paintings on show are inspired by 90's rave culture.

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