Recent works: Helen Blake

9 - 30 July 2021
Helen Blake is a painter whose practice focuses on colour, engaging with rhythm and formalism, chance and deliberation. Using a working method where process and contemplation guide the evolution of the work, her small, overtly hand-made paintings record and examine colour conversations within accumulating pattern structures, embracing accidents, flaws and discrepancies within their rhythms.
This will be Blake’s third solo show at the Molesworth. The gallery will publish a full-illustrated catalogue to coincide with the show, with an introductory essay by Patrick Murphy, director of the RHA.
Andrew Wilson, Curator of Modern and Contemporary British Art at Tate Britain, has written of Blake's work that is underpinned by process - "always variously methodical and rational, yet also absurd and affected by the interruption of chance. In Blake's paintings, colour is deployed to follow a given order and yet these are paintings of nature ..... not the rigid order of an urban modernism, but the texture and rhythms, and immediacy of life unfolding".
Previous solo shows by Blake include FUTURES 14 at the RHA in Dublin. She also showed at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London in 2016, 2018 and 2019.