Painting of two Midwinter Stonehenge pots.
Helen loves the striking forms of this standout design of the 1970s, typified by their geometric shapes, bold curved handles and rounded lid. The sunrise background is taken from a tea plate in the same range.
The shapes of the coffee pot and jug are echoed in the painting’s patterned foreground. Texture within this pattern was built up from layers of candle wax and washes of paint in order to create a contrast with the glazed smoothness of the ceramics.
Original painting. Unframed.
2018, Gouache on cartridge paper, 50cm x 70cm
From the artist:
My paintings and prints are inspired by my love of mid century design and are a celebration of colour, form and pattern.
I have a HND in textile and surface pattern design and these studies continue to have a guiding effect on my work. Other influences come from having worked in various creative industries including the ceramic studio of Majolica Works in the Manchester Craft and Design Centre and more lately developing my computer art work as part of a design team in Salford Quays. I paint from my home studio in Levenshulme and I am a member of Hot Bed Press in Manchester where I make my linocut and screen prints.
My work centres around domestic pottery, jugs, coffee pots and vases and is a reflection of my adoration of mid century ceramics and the forms, colours and patterns that reflect our wider tastes and times. In my still life compositions I aim to capture the different personalities of each piece, highlighting their individuality with the curve of a handle or the angular shape of a spout. I like to make a contrast between their glazed decoration, colours, pattern and textures and then echo these elements throughout the design of the painting or print.
I produce linocuts and screen prints, digital illustration prints and still-life gouache paintings.
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