Helen Hale’s work tends to be abstract or semi-abstract and she attempts to convey feelings, mood, or a sense of place through colour, form and shape rather than being constrained by specific visual references. Her imagination is stimulated by the challenge of translating the invisible into the visible.
Helen's paintings are mainly in oil, applied with a knife.
Her sculptures are usually abstract or semi-abstract forms carved in marble, stone or wood. Before carving begins, detailed drawings are made and then a maquette. She also carves wood in bas-relief, and models in clay for casting with generally more figurative subjects such as portraits or commissions.
1936 Born in Harpenden, Hertfordshire
1955-70 Designing and illustrating books and book jackets for publisher, Robert Hale Ltd, combined with part-time drawing, printmaking and sculpture at St Martins School of Art and the Sir John Cass School of Art
1974 Elected a Member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters
2002 Elected Honorary Archivist of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters
National Society of Painters, Sculptors & Printmakers
Free Painters & Sculptors
Aya Broughton Award, National Society, 1999 and 2003
Llewellyn Alexander Prize, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, 1999
Le Clerc Fowle Medal, Royal Institue of Oil Painters, 1999 and 2012
Daler-Rowney Prize, National Society, 1987
2003 & 05 Hawker Gallery, Amersham
1975 St Blaise, Stockwell College
1972 Everyman Foyer Gallery, London
2007 Hawker Gallery, Amersham
2003 Heifer Gallery, London
1987 Thornhill Gallery, Poole
1987 Lizard Gallery, Farnham