B. 1985

Helena Clews has exhibited across the UK and her work is in many private collections. She studied for her BA in Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University and graduated with both First Class Honours and the Ken Billany prize in 2007. She then continued her practice and studies in London and graduated with MA Fine Art, Merit from Central Saint Martins. She then decided to leave her North London studio to fulfill her dream to move to Devon and paint by the sea. 

Helena’s practice explores the possibilities of painting in the liminal space between abstraction and representation, constantly intrigued by how visual information – such as colour and gestural mark making – can allude to something that is difficult to define or identify clearly as a particular thing in the world, whilst at the same time being recognisable aesthetically as an ‘abstract’ painting. Since moving to Devon, the beautiful Devon landscapes and colours have influenced Helena’s work and her paintings continue to reflect the changes in her surroundings and she now paints on the line between landscape painting and the suggestion of a landscape or particular viewpoint. Helena continues to be inspired by the sea, the light and beauty of Devon.

Upcoming Exhibitions

2021Harbour House, Kingsbridge, 22nd June – 27th June

Exhibitions & Events

2019Artmill Gallery, Plymouth 31st May – 6th July
2019Harbour House, Kingsbridge, 25th June – 30th June
2018The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth 9th July -5th August
2018Harbour House, Kingsbridge, 26th June- 1th July
2017Harbour House, Kingsbridge, 30th June- 5th July
2016Browns Hill Arts, Dartmouth Galleries Festival May 2016
2016Browns Hill Arts, Dartmouth Galleries Festival May 2016
2015Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth
2014Dittisham Arts Festival Colour on the Line, Browns Hill Arts, Dartmouth Galleries Week
2013N22, Chocolate Factory, London Dartmouth Regatta, Dartmouth Show One, Central Saint Martins, London
2012Solo Show @ Lounge, Brixton Art Auction, Lethaby Gallery, London Dartmouth Regatta, Dartmouth MA Fine Art Interim Show, V22 The Biscuit Factory, London
2011Dartmouth Regatta, Dartmouth
2008Sophie’s Barn, Chacombe
2007Modbury Art Gallery, Devon Aerials, Grosvenor Building, Manchester Panoramic, Loxford Tower, Manchester
2006Other…(please state), Custard Factory, Birmingham Emerge, Victoria Baths, Manchester