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Helen Thompson

I’m a visual artist based in Lancaster. My artwork is inspired by natural forms and movement. I work in a variety of media including charcoal, pastel, watercolour and oil paint, and I enjoy using organic and gestural lines.

I studied BA(hons) Art at Lancaster University and since returning to my art in recent years I’ve worked to develop and push the boundaries of my practice. I enjoy experimenting with different materials, methods and techniques.

I love bold colours – which is evident in many of my flower paintings. I like to juxtapose brightly coloured backgrounds against nature’s own colourful palette. I’m interested in depicting the luminosity, texture and form of flowers through impressionist and expressive application of materials.

My background as an elite gymnast has influenced and inspired my fascination with the human form and physical movement. Life drawing is an integral part of my practice and allows me to explore different aspects of drawing the human body. My figure drawing is continually evolving and I hope to gain ACE funding to develop this area of my practice over the next year.

Whether I’m observing the human form, a flower or a landscape my intention is to express my personal response to the subject in a way that captures the aspects that initially caught my attention whether that is the line, form, colour or movement. 

In 2019 I learned that I’m neurodivergent. This led to a deeper self understanding and increased acceptance of who I am and the barriers I face in day to day life. In turn this became a catalyst for me to do more of what I love, which is creating art. 

The art world is notoriously difficult to navigate but by joining local artists group at King Street Studios and getting involved with DASH, a Shropshire-based disability arts organisation, I’ve received support and opportunities that have enabled me to pursue my artistic ambitions and develop my practice.