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Helen Sykes

I was born in London in 1967. I studied for my art Foundation at Kingsway College, London and for my Fine Art degree in Painting at St Martin’s College, London, graduating in 1998. After pursuing other interests for a time I now live in South London with my partner and our three dogs and make art in my South London studio.

My work has gone through a variety of developments as I have explored my artistic practice and I have now gone full circle with art mediums and spend my time drawing and painting, using traditional materials and techniques. My main interest is female identity and depictions of the female figure. The subject matter of beauty and the grotesque is enduringly fascinating to me, as are our diverse array of emotions culminating in agony and ecstasy.





Jeffrey Meier Gallery, Group show, NJ 2015

‘Spring Fever’ SaatchiArt group show, Hyatt Regency, London 2014

Members Show, Outpost, Norwich selected by Cerith Wyn Evans 2011

Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London 2010

‘Kunstwerk Bazaar’ Group Show, Outpost, Norwich selected by Andrew Hunt 2008

Mind as Machine, Group show, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery 2007

‘Spirit of the Age’ Salthouse 07, Group Show, Salthouse Church 2007

The Postcard Show, Group show, Surface Gallery, Nottingham 2006

‘Postcards From the Edge’ Group Show, Sikkema Jenkins, NY 2006

‘Peace Camp’ hosted by Bob & Roberta Smith, Group show, Brick Lane Gallery 2006

Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space and UK tour 2006

‘draw drawing 2’ Group show, Foundry Gallery, London 2006

‘A Dog Walk Round New Costessey’ Solo show Outpost, Norwich 2006

Jerwood Drawing Prize, Group show, Jerwood Space and UK tour 2005

‘Arts Unwrapped’ Vyner Street, ACAVA Studios, London 2005

‘Animals’ Group Show, Serena Hall Gallery, Southwold 2005

BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London 2001

Group Show, Century Gallery, Cremer Street, Shoreditch 2000

Group Show, Tricycle Gallery, Kilburn, London 1999

‘Precious’ Creative Space Installation, Whiteleys, London 1998

‘Vote For Art’ Internet Group show, Research Business international 1998 ‘ Awarded Judges Prize by Sarah Kent

Group Show, The Wharf, Islington, London 1997