Helen Alveranga


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Helens work is concerned with nature and the inspiration for her current body of work began with her garden, although this has now developed to include other natural elements. The research for Helens paintings comes from the hundreds of photographs that she takes of the natural surrounding world. 'When I go for a walk, when I’m on holiday or even in the garden I use the camera to jot down what I see', describes Helen. 'I then use the photographs as a basis for my paintings. I want to capture detail, to examine these things that have caught my attention so the work also becomes about the whole process of making'. Looking and describing, using the images to explore the dynamics of translating from one medium into another Helen follows the full process when transferring a photograph into a painting.

Helen paints in oils and uses a meticulous way of working; the finished paintings are acutely observed and very realistically rendered. Helen describes that although her paintings have a photographic look they are never truly faithful reproductions of the photograph and feels they depict a heightened reality.

Helen has exhibited her work widely including exhibitions at the Mall Galleries, Cork Street, Oxo Tower Gallery, Menier Gallery, Geffrye Museum, Hackney Museum and Chelsea Art Society.

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