Helen Stone PortraitI am a former interiors magazine editor and graduate in Contemporary Portraiture from The Art  Academy, London.

I like to paint – people obviously – but I also like to experiment with materials including documents, stitch, the written word and found objects too.

Narrative is important to me and I am currently exploring books, boxes and small installations as formats – formats that encourage intimacy and which allow layers of a story to unfold.

What stories? They might be fleeting moments, fragments of memory, a flash of inspiration or the small moments of magic that unexpectedly pepper every day life. Some are personal stories, others are bigger themes that touch us all but, regardless of scale, I like to draw the viewer in and whisper the message quietly.

I am fortunate to have studied at a brilliant independent college under respected artists such as Tai-Shan Schierenberg, Roxana Halls, Sue Spaull, Sadie Lee, Robin-Lee Hall, Ed Sutcliffe, Carl Randall, Anthony Williams, Andy James, Susanne du Toit and Tim Benson.

I have exhibited in numerous group shows in London and the south east; my first solo show was a collaboration with National Trust Standen in 2018. My series Classification of Unpaid Domestic Duties was the winner of the Expert Panel Vote at the inaugural Liberty Specialty Market Art Awards 2018-19.

My work is in private collections internationally and in the UK. I am available for commissions and I am interested in collaborations, as well as projects that respond to archives.

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