Stewart Helm

BIOGRAPHY

Stewart Helm

Born 1960 in Hertfordshire, England

 

Artist Statement

I have been a figurative artist all my adult life, but in the last seven years I have begun to make work with no specific reference other than its need to be drawn.  The more complex the drawing, the more involved I get and the drawing itself guides and tells me something, whether it’s an abstract mental concentration, a passage into nature, or fractal forms that split, grow, contort and make their own journey on the page.  Endless spirals challenge my concentration and require feverish intensity; geometric shapes find a way of imitating nature and grow into scales, feathers, plants, sounds waves and circles.  I like to draw from the inside to the outside.  I'm interested in putting shapes on a page that give breath to what it is to be alive, human and subject to all the complexities of the universe.  I think of the drawings as maps to reason, mindfulness and the beauty of life on Earth.

 

Education

1984       Royal College of Art, M.A.
1981       Maidstone College of Art, B.A.

One Man Exhibitions

2000       “Feed Me”, Nigel Coates Gallery, London
2000       “Man and Nature”, Galerie Timothy Tew, Atlanta
1998       “Numinous”, Galerie Timothy Tew
1997       The Atrium, London
1997       Galerie Timothy Tew
1995       Galerie Timothy Tew
1993       Galerie Timothy Tew
1992       Galerie Timothy Tew
1988       Carlile Gallery, London
1986       Carlile Gallery, London
1984       Canterbury Arts Festival, Canterbury, England

Group Shows

2017       TEW Galleries Salon Show, Atlanta, GA
2016       TEW Galleries; Portraits & Still Life with Haidee Becker & Isabelle Melchior
2007       TEW, 20th Anniversary Exhibition, TEW Galleries, Atlanta, GA
2005       Stephanus Heidacker, Stewart Helm & Eric Ansel
2004       "Under Different Circumstances"  Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
2004       Stewart Helm, Kimo Minton, Chris Bilton, Galerie Timothy Tew, Atlanta, GA
2002   "The British are Coming!"  Stewart Helm, Haidee Becker, and Adrian Ryan, Galerie Timothy Tew, Atlanta GA
2000       Drawing, Jibby Bean, London
1999       Group Show, Galerie Timothy Tew, Atlanta, Georgia
1999       Exquisite Corpse, Jibby Bean, London
1998       The Look of Love, John Hansard Gallery, Southhampton
1997       The Look of Love, (Rear Window), The Approach, London
1997       Busy Blood, Jibby Bean, London
1997       Grammercy International Art Fair, Jibby Bean, New York
1996       Stewart Helm, Edith Caywood, and Adrian Ryan, Galerie Timothy Tew
1995       Stewart Helm, Alice Maher, Ann Messner, Ingrid Stahl, Todd Gallery, London
1994       Art Miami, Miami - Galerie Timothy Tew
1993       Water Colour, Curwen Gallery, London
1993       Projet Unité, Le Corbusier's Unite d'Habitation, Firminy, France
1992       Object Studies, Galerie Timothy Tew
1991       Sacred - Lucy Currie, Stewart Helm and Kimo Minton, Galerie Timothy Tew
1991       The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
1990       A walk on the Wild Side, Pomeroy Purdy Gallery, London
1988       Print Show, Carlile Gallery, London
1987       Holy Matter, Carlile Gallery
1987       Drawings, Carlile Gallery
1986       Small Works, Carlile Gallery
1986       Opening Show, Carlile Gallery
1985       Two-Person Show for South East Arts, Epsom, Surrey
1995       Whitechapel Open, London
1984       Christies Inaugural (Pick of New Graduates)
1984       British Print Biennale, Bradford, England
1984       Folio Society Award, London
1983       Whitworth Contemporaries, Manchester
1983       New Contemporaries, ICA, London
1983       Consort Gallery, London
1982       British Drawing at the Hayward Annual, London
1981       Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, England 

Awards

1984       Folio Society Award, London 

Commissions

1992       Dining room mural for private apartment, Palais Royal, Paris.  Featured in House and Garden, British Edition and Vogue, French Edition

              Mural Voyages Imaginaires for the Welcome Building, London. Series of 8 panel paintings

1991       Triwandaborad mural for the Jigsaw Retail Group, St. Christopher's Place, London
              Large mural for the Jigsaw Retail Group, Knightsbridge, London

1990       Taxim - Cycle of wall paintings for Taxim Club Complex, Istanbul, Turkey

1989       Cycle of paintings for Hotel Maritime, Otaru, Japan.  Architect for the project, Nigel Coates

1988       Paintings for the L'Arc de Noe restaurant in Sappora, Japan. Architect for the project, Nigel Coates        

Publications

Works united in having wonderfully disparate voices, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Sunday, January 25, 2004, page M3, Catherine Fox.

Loop Volume # 2.  Stewart Helm, Group Show, pages 34-37. November, 1999.

Inhabitants of Helms's Eden suggest female/male synthesis, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Sunday, December 12, 1993, page N2, Catherine Fox.

More Tension, Creative Loafing, December 11, 1993, page 33, Amy Jinkner-Lloyd.

Critics' Choices, Group Show, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Saturday, August 3, 1993, page 32, Catherine Fox.

Sacred, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Friday, July 26, 1991, page E2, Catherine Fox.