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Helen Gorrill


Helen Gorrill

Helen Gorrill

Paint, Drawing, Installation

North East
United Kingdom


Galleries

  • APW Gallery, NYC 11101
  • Axis Arts Centre, Crewe
  • Boisdale of Canary Wharf, London
  • Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Centre for Recent Drawing (London), London
  • Degree Art Gallery, London
  • DegreeArt Gallery, London
  • Empire Gallery, London
  • Fine Arte Gallery, Southend on Sea
  • Fine Arte Gallery (Paris), PARIS
  • Funoon Gallery, Dubai
  • Hoopers Department Store, Carlisle
  • La Galerie HORS-CHAMPS, PARIS
  • London West Bank Gallery, LONDON
  • Northend House, Milton Keynes
  • Qsand Art Centre, Morecame
  • Salon Contemporary, London
  • The Brickyard, Carlisle
  • The Crocus Gallery, Nottingham
  • The Crocus Gallery, Nottingham
  • The Execution Room at 02 Degree Art Gallery, LONDON
  • The Gallery, LONDON
  • Unit 24 Gallery, London
  • Upfront Gallery, Cumbria
Benedict XVI Confession Chamber

Benedict XVI Confession Chamber

Statement

Helen Gorrill's work is held in private collections worldwide and now included in New York Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A Sackler Center Feminist Art archive, alongside icons The Guerrilla Girls, Tracey Emin, Annie Sprinkle, Miriam Schapiro, Judy Chicago and Pipilotti Rist. Having already gained national and international press attention for her paintings, Gorrill has exhibited worldwide and her international artist residencies include Paris (2011), Isle of Skye (2012), the Czech Republic (2012), Paris (2013), Milan (2013), Naples/Ischia (2013), New York (2013), New York - Brooklyn (2014).  More recently she has completed a PhD in Fine Art which establishes new patterns of longevity in the symbolic and economic values of contemporary British painting.  Gorrills work is currently inspired by Oscar Murillo’s large-scale paintings which ‘imply action, performance and chaos, but are in fact methodically composed of rough-hewn, stitched canvases that often incorporate fragments of text as well as studio debris such as dirt and dust’.

One of the standout collections is work by Helen Gorrill that, while relatively tame compared with some of the artist's more unabashed work, is still a remarkably daring series. Gorrill is remarkably combative in her art.  The National, United Arab Emirates national paper

Helen Gorrill and Pharrell Williams’ chairs are both in keeping with Dali’s ideology. By blending human limbs and furniture, you combine objects not normally found together which, surrealists say, liberates the imagination.” The Erotic Chair in Skin Two, internationally selling magazine

Curbs & Stoops, Rhode Island USA 'Is Helen Gorrill about to blow up?'..."we are ready to see her on a bigger stage...I am certain this artist will blow up; the only question is 'when'.

 

Biography

Helen Gorrill has recently completed a PhD in Contemporary British Painting, for which she was the national recipient of The Place of Painting CSAD scholarship.  In response to her findings, Gorrill’s work is currently inspired by Pop Art, and also Oscar Murillo’s large-scale paintings which ‘imply action, performance and chaos, but are in fact methodically composed of rough-hewn, stitched canvases that often incorporate fragments of text as well as studio debris such as dirt and dust’. Her subject matter has also shifted as a result of a move from the city to the country and as such the stark contrast in environments has underpinned a significant direction for her practice.  Gorrill paints on a large scale with neon and found materials combined with the collaging of used billboard posters and city centre graffiti.  Like the work of Murillo, her work is direct and raw although meticulously constructed, and her new wildlife subject matter is matched alongside luxury brand advertising slogans, suggesting the encroachment of the urban within the natural environment.  Gorrill's work is held in private collections worldwide and included in New York Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A Sackler Center archive, and the artist is the recipient of an Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust annual award (December 2016).