“A rose is a rose is a rose” - Gertrude Stein
Helen Turner studied Fine Art at Canterbury College of Art between 1982 – 1986 studying under Roy Oxlade where she gained a BA Hons degree in Painting. From 1989-1990 she lived and painted in Cyprus and completed the Postgraduate Diploma from Cyprus College of Art. Turner makes paintings, drawings and collages instinctively as a way of linking her imagination to the world around her. References and inspirations come from autobiographical experiences, her love of art, fashion, colour and nature. Her work is often large scale with big, bold, bright imagery full of space, light, colour and confidence incorporating a very physical use of paint and relationship to the canvas. There is a love of life celebrated here yet simultaneously balanced and contained, the consistent use of black outlines and solid colour hinting at melancholic feelings just below the surface. The pared down simplicity she seeks to achieve is not easily found. In the same way that shorthand compresses meaning, her paintings are energetic distillations, notations of experience, sensitively composed.