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Helen Latham

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University: Turps Banana Correspondence course
Graduation Year: 2016

New Blood Art Statement

Helen Latham’s paintings focus on the 21st-century self – how do we relate to each other in a culture saturated by superficiality? Latham imbues her paintings with emotion through the careful use of colour and form. Art, as Latham shows, has a peculiar power to provoke emotion and it is what critic Clive Bell, in 1914, explained is the “aesthetic emotion”, the essential difference between art and all other objects. In Latham’s imagery, colour is used to affect an emotional response, and spatial devices are used to evoke a sense of belonging or alienation in the image’s narrative. In turn, each painting conjures memory to invoke empathy and contemplation of the self in direct relation to the other. 

Artist Statement

Figurative painting has a radical new role: it adds a layer of time, contemplation and introspection to an image, images that today are generally just consumed. What interests me is the human condition- what it feels like to be alive today. In our complex and often superficial culture, how do we relate, in a meaningful way, to one another? I often choose the human figure, the most obvious yet complicated source for inspiration, and look at the sense of belonging or alienation we all feel. Working from photographs and images from the Internet, modern-day technology is not rejected but incorporated into my working method. As a colour chemist I have studied, and am fascinated by, the physical and psychological effects colour has on our brain.

Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

2016 COAX Art show, Swavesey VC, Cambridge
2016 Correspond Edinburgh, The facility, Edinburgh
2016 Correspond Rye, Rye Creative Centre, Rye
2016 Fulcrum, ARB Building, Cambridge
2016 Correspond, The Artworks, Halifax
2015 COAX Art Show, Swavesey VC, Cambridge
2015 Turps Correspond end of year show, Turps Gallery, London
2014 Escape to Happiness, Daniel Libeskind Space, London
2013 The Art of Mindfulness, Camyoga, Cambridge
2013 100% Nude, Daniel Libeskind Space, London
2013 100% Nude, Guerilla Galleries, London
2012 Parallax Art Fair, Old Chelsea Town Hall, London.

Original works:

Queue

By Helen Latham

£175

New Shoes - Blue

By Helen Latham

£200

Right Shoe, Left Leg

By Helen Latham

£200

Man and Dog

By Helen Latham

£500

You're In!

By Helen Latham

£200

Eyes Wide Shut

By Helen Latham

£175

Enid Blyton

By Helen Latham

£400

The Arches 2

By Helen Latham

£450

The Big Leap Forward

By Helen Latham

£550

Saturn's Ring

By Helen Latham

£850

(Wet) Pansies

By Helen Latham

£350

Portrait of a Lady

By Helen Latham

£300

Steel Dress

By Helen Latham

£500

Gold

By Helen Latham

£350

White Dress

By Helen Latham

£300

Fallen Roses

By Helen Latham

£500

Personal Space

By Helen Latham

£700

Gold Pansy

By Helen Latham

£350

Grey World of Flower

By Helen Latham

£450

Sold Artworks:

The Arches

By Helen Latham

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Character Study 3

By Helen Latham

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In or Out

By Helen Latham

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The Dance

By Helen Latham

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Royal 1

By Helen Latham

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Royal 2

By Helen Latham

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Character Study 1

By Helen Latham

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The Right Shoes For Acceptance...

By Helen Latham

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