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Helen Masacz

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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

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.

Group Exhibitions

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

Solo Exhibition


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

Education

2012     London Atelier of Representational Art, London

2007     PGCE Middlesex University, London

2004     BA (Hons) Fine Art Middlesex University, London

Paintings

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