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Helen Gørrill

Helen Gørrill

Other (PhD Contemporary Painting , 2016)

With First Class degrees in Painting, Drawing, and Textiles, Helen Gørrill received her contemporary painting research Doctorate in 2016, co-supervised by the Royal College of Art. Her art book Women Can’t Paint was published in 2020 by Bloomsbury, to critical acclaim, and is now held in collections of prestigious institutions worldwide, including Tate, V&A, Stedelijk, the Met, Brooklyn Museum, the Finnish National Gallery, and many more. Helen’s artwork is also archived by the artabase at New York’s Brooklyn Museum alongside Tracey Emin, and her work is held in private collections across the world. In 2019, her portraits were selected at Miami Art Basel week (Pulse) as a highlight by Architectural Digest USA and Middle East.


Helen’s work has been written about in the national and international presses, and her defaced classic portraits form the centrepiece for London’s prestigious 5* Bankside Hotel. She’s also written for the Guardian on the arts, and her work mentioned in the new art ‘bible’ Great Women Artists published by Phaidon.


Helen works largely with mixed media, combining traditional oil paint with collage – the collage is not produced digitally but by hand; her artworks produced using techniques from within the field of expanded painting. Gørrill’s collages explore ideas about time, history and reality; using contemporary imagery that juxtaposes with the Old Masters she sets out to reappropriate. Her artwork focuses on vandalising old paintings and reviving art historical portraits through photobombing and incorporating elements from contemporary sub-cultures, and sometimes adds media such as lipstick, eyeliner and human hair. Within this context, the striking images hover between the renaissance and today’s climate of uncertainty; the deliberately defaced portraits by old masters refuse to become the passive objects they once were.  The artist invites us to go on a journey through the human soul in which we are challenged to find out who we are, who we might have been and who we could become.


You can learn more about Helen’s work at Bankside on this short film clip here: https://vimeo.com/313344575.




57 × 44 × 8 cm
  • £1,765.00
65 × 55.5 × 4.5 cm
  • £1,895.00
65 × 55.5 × 4.5 cm
  • £1,895.00
98 × 56 × 3 cm
  • £2,500.00
84 × 66 × 3 cm
  • £2,500.00
86 × 66 × 3 cm
  • £2,500.00
70 × 60 × 10 cm
  • £2,095.00
61 × 50 × 4 cm
  • £1,800.00


The Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, London 2014 Wish you were here, AIR Gallery New York 2014 Femmes Fatales, 2014, Creation Fine Arts (solo show) The Edinburgh Art Fair, 2013, Edinburgh AAF Battersea 2013, London Manchester Contemporary/Buy Art Fair, Manchester Retrospective, United Arab Emirates Creation Fine Arts, Solo show, Yorkshire AIR Gallery, Wish you were here, New York The Crypt Gallery, Sweet'Art Collective Show, London MIMA, Love where you live Beetroot Tree Gallery, Helen Gorrill feature artist, Derbyshire Unit 24 Gallery, Great Guildford St, London, Passion for Freedom 2012, London The Affordable Art Fair 2012, Battersea The Affordable Art Fair 2012, Hampstead Funoon Gallery, United Arab Emirates, Womart #2, Dubai Crocus Gallery, The Drawing Exhibition, Nottingham New York: Brooklyn Museum (Elizabeth Sackler Centre), selected for feminist art archive, New York London's West Bank Gallery, Religionis Violenta, London The Execution Room, 20:12Collective, London The Brickyard:  The Happening: Andy Warhol & Velvet Underground multimedia madness, Carlisle Galerie HorsChamp, Exposition Georges Bataille, Paris International Centre for Life Museum, Inverventions, Newcastle (with Christine Borland symposium) DegreeArt Gallery, solo show DEICIDE, London FineArte Gallery, 21st Century Pin-ups, Bond St London FineArte Gallery, 21st Century Pin-ups, Paris FineArte Gallery, 21st Century Pin-ups, Southend on Sea Axis Arts Centre, Flout, Crewe The Gallery Stoke Newington, I-Sho: I's She's Her's Our's; London Business Design Centre, New Designers 2011, London Faculty of the Arts, Emerge 2011, Carlisle Salon Contemporary, Artist of the Week debut show, Westbourne Grove, London Bank Gallery, The Vault 3, Carlisle The Gallery, Open Your Mind exhibition, Hong Kong Islington Metal Works, Censored Zine, London Tempa Tempa at The Griffin, Pincredible exhibition, Carlisle Centre for Recent Drawing, Box of Desires II, London Mona House Gallery, The Body Collective II, Morecambe Northend House Gallery, Enlightenment exhibtion, Milton Keynes Bank Gallery, First Impressions exhibition, Carlisle DegreeArt.com, A Crash Course in Phantasy, Vyner Street, London Low Luckens Organic Resource Centre, Drawings and ink paintings solo show, Cumbria Mona House Gallery, The Body Collective I, Morecambe Bank Gallery, Summer Academy Show, Carlisle APW Gallery NYC, A Postcard says 1000 Words, New York Faculty of the Arts, The Seven Deadly Sins, Carlisle Hoopers Department Store, Environment exhibition, Carlisle Bodhi Gallery, Sex is not the Enemy, London Caldewgate Fine Art, Morgue Studies, Carlisle Caldewgate Fine Art, The Draughtsman Fine Art Drawings, Carlisle Shaddon Mill, Stead McAlpin Creative Travel Award and Burnetts Drawing Award solo, Carlisle


Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust Award (2016) Winner Thu, 12/22/2016

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