Helen Stone PortraitI am a former interiors magazine editor who recently graduated with a first  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 am part of art collectives LondonCP8 and Example, and have exhibited in numerous group shows in London plus I had my first solo show in spring 2018 at National Trust Standen in West Sussex. My series Classification of Domestic Duties won the Expert Panel Vote at the inaugural Liberty Specialty Market Art Awards 2018-19 and is currently on show at LSM offices in the ‘walkie talkie’ in London until summer 2019.

My work is in private collections in the UK, Norway and Spain and I am available for commissions.

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