Helen Masacz was born and continues to live in London. Helen studied BA fine art in 2004, then to further develop her drawing and painting, she attended the London Atelier of Representational Art in 2012. Helen has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery on numerous occasions and at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition in the Mall Gallery, where she won the Art's Club Award in 2011.
"My work takes on a narrative relating to my past, using symbolism to depict adversity in an emotional war theme. Stories told over the years and the repercussions this has had. More recently my bed paintings take on a more personal response.
I use oil paints and like to use chiaroscuro for a dramatic feel within my work."
Posted by Precious Media on July 26th, 2014
"Proud, determined Vikings, a macabre totem, a skull Pinocchio, a slightly creepy feast and apocalyptic tableaus that contrast beauty and the bizarre are amongst the characters and scenes featured in 'After the Fall' solo exhibition. The solid backgrounds, either jet black or gradient gray, sometimes enriched by blood red curtains and white snow, are used to frame the macabre, surreal objects or figures. Through her wonderful use of shadows she manages to heighten their mystery and add an air of prestige. They tell us stories about past times and the passing of time, possibilities and choices. Inspired by the familiar and history, her oil painting expose emotions while awakening them in us."
Exhibitions & Awards
2010 Runner up for the Best Overall Artist at the Battle Contemporary Fine Art Exhibition.
2011 The Arts Club Award at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition.
2011 The Best Painting, Battle Contemporary Fine Art Exhibition.
2015 SWA Mall Galleries, London
2015 Here Come the Girls, Saffron Gallery, Battle.
2014 Brave New Realists, Gofigurative Hampstead, London
2014 Mystery Postcard Gala, National Portrait Gallery, London
2014 Works on Paper, Science Musum, London
2013 Twelve Painters Painting, Gofigurative, Hampstead, London
2013 AAF, Gofigurative, Battersea, London
2012 Eastern Chics, Gofigurative, Old St, London
2012 Bloomsbury Art Fair, Gofigurative
2011 Edinburgh Art fair, Saffron Gallery- November
2011 AAF Hampstead, Gofigurative, London -November
2011 Saffron Gallery, summer show, Battle -July
2011 Battle Contemporary Fine Art Exhibition, September 16th-23rd.
2011 Art at Sea Floating Exhibition, Azamara Journey, July-August
2011 Catmose Gallery, Rutland
2011 Royal Society of Portrait Painters exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2011 Gofigurative, Deutsche Bank AG London
2010 Saffron Gallery, Battle
2010 Gofigurative, Real Broadgate London
2010 Battle Contemporary Fine Art Exhibition, East Sussex.
2010 BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery London
BP Award, Usher Gallery
BP Award, Lincoln Gallery
BP Award Aberdeen Gallery
2010 The Spring Affordable Art Fair, Lennox Gallery, Fulham
2009 Figurative Exhibition, Oakham Contemporary Gallery, St James's
2009 Mixed Summer Exhibition, Panter & Hall, Mayfair
2009 The Spring Affordable Art Fair, Lennox Gallery, Fulham
2008 Ballarat, Australia, Ship of Hope- One World Exhibition
2008 Yarra Gallery, Australia, Ship of Hope- One World Exhibition
2007 Flea Pit, Shoreditch London - Group Exhibition
2005 National portrait Gallery “ Mystery Postcard"
2004 Degree show Truman Brewery, an analysis of Inclusion within visual culture.
2004 National Portrait Gallery BP awards, then touring UK until May 2005
2013 After the Fall, Saffron Gallery, Battle.
2011 Real First Thursday, Gofigurative,1 Liverpool St, London
2009 Artist in residence Kingsmead school, Enfield.
2005 Lauderdale House, Highgate
2004 Waiting Rooms, Palmers Green
2012 London Atelier of Representational Art, London
2007 PGCE Middlesex University, London
2004 BA (Hons) Fine Art Middlesex University, London