Oil on board
41 x 30 cms
Helen Wilson is an award-winning, highly respected painter who has earned a solid reputation for her portraiture and figurative work. Since her graduation from Glasgow School of Art in 1976 she has quietly painted and gradually developed a solid following for her beautiful paintings that are now sought after by collectors in London and Scotland.
In the early years it was her daughter, Jenny, while training with the English National Ballet, who sparked Helen’s interest in the ballet as a subject for her exquisite draftsmanship and painting. Her passionate interest in the subject of ballet led to a five-day visit to the Royal Ballet rehearsals for the Queen’s 80th Birthday Gala in London in 2005. Here she had the opportunity of observing and drawing many of her favourite ballets and subjects, including the now retired Prima Ballerina Darcey Bussell. Helen’s ability to tell a tale through painting enabled her to successfully turn her observations and sketches into paintings that were to become the subject of her first Solo exhibition in London in 2006. The exhibition was a great success and won her many high profile fans and clients. There is nothing she likes better than to be in a quiet corner of a rehearsal room observing, with her keen artistic eye, the preparations for a performance. This year her solo exhibition, A Portrait of Scottish Opera, at the Open Eye Gallery in Edinburgh, was the result of many months of working behind the scenes at the Opera. The exhibition faithfully told the story, in paintings, of the behind the scenes daily activities of all in a season at the Scottish Opera.
Born in Paisley in 1954, she graduated from Glasgow School of Art and Hospitalfield from 1971 to 1976. During this time she won many prestigious awards, prizes and scholarships. Helen has exhibited widely in London, USA and Scotland. She was elected member of Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts 1984, Royal Scottish Watercolour Society in 1997 and Paisley Arts Institute in 2005. Her paintings are held in numerous collections including Darcey Bussell and Carol Vorderman.