Helen Stone Portrait

I trained in contemporary portraiture and I paint people but I also love to paint objects if I see a connection and a tale to tell. 

Objects can be extraordinary communicators. Our ability to use tools is heralded as aiding our rise, while artefacts left behind inform us of who we have been. Objects can be our talismans, our armory, our friends and we may mourn them when they are gone.

I sometimes use real objects in my work along with text and stitch to create small installations. I like the way ‘found objects’ bristle with their own haunting frequency and how they can forge immediate connections. It makes for a richer language for telling complex stories but it also has a playfulness too.

A lot of my personal work conveys a sense of loss. Not big wailing, gut-wrenching grief but a still, quiet, every day loss that, while small, still has the power to blindside reminding us of our fragility and uncertainty in this world. 

It can be uncomfortable and I invite the viewer to sit with that.

My work is in private collections in Europe and 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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Unsettling, superbly-crafted work that is intensely personal, at the same time unearthing an atmospheric sense of “otherness” that will resonate with many people.’ Sadie Lee, Artist