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Artists Exhibiting At Our Art Fair

Here you can find information of each artist who will be showing at the next Roy’s Art Fair including exhibitions, achievements and sample works.

Helle Johansen-Baker

Bio:

I am an abstract painter (originally from Denmark) living in Chalkwell and working from a studio in Leigh-on-Sea Marina.

My paintings are created on cradled wood panels and I work with a mixture of oil and wax in multi layers, to add complexity, contrast and texture. I paint intuitively and colours are a very important aspect, as well as heavy mark-making, gouging into the paint, which is scraped back in places to reveal the layers beneath in order to achieve the desired aesthetics and a ‘rustic’ look. Working with oil and wax also creates a beautiful, matte and tactile finish.

Inspiration is taken from places, such as my native Denmark, and buildings with aged surfaces and decay that show the passage of time.

On a more personal level, the paintings are also a metaphor for life, with all its imperfections and the scarring a lot of us carry around with us. When you scrape back the layers, you reveal a past, laying yourself bare.
Parallels can be drawn to the Japanese art of Wabi Sabi, a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection, giving you permission to be yourself. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is ‘imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete’.


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