Helen Flockhart – Swan Like

26-09-2014 - 19-10-2014

Since graduating, Helen has had several solo exhibitions including Galerie A.T, Poland, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Crawford Arts Centre, St Andrews, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, and Compass Gallery, Glasgow.

She is the Recipient of numerous Awards and Grants including Emma Sachs Prize for Drawing, Scottish Arts Council Bursary & Small Assistance Award, British Council Scholarship to study at the State Higher School of Fine Art, Poland, Grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York and Armour Award from the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts to name a few.

Her work is held in the following collections : Scottish Arts Council; Edinburgh City Arts Centre; Dick Institute, Kilmarnock; Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Stirling; Glasgow Museum and Art Gallery; Flemings Bank, London and Strathclyde University.

“Helen Flockhart is a scarce commodity in modern art. She is that rare and precious being – a genuine image- maker. There are two distinctive types of painting in Flockhart’s oeuvre- the single figure, icon style pictures and then the narrative, genre-type work, where one or more figures are involved in some strange and intriguing scenario.Both kinds of picture create weird dream- like imagery of a very enigmatic nature.

Her pictures remind us that painting is not a straight forward, unmitigated reflection of our world. On the contrary, she presents to us, not a dependent view of reality, but another,alternative world, which we can recognise and enter as much through out imaginations and memories as with our eyes. As with all true image – makers, Helen Flockhart’s art cuts through the outward skin of mere surface appearances to present us with disturbing pictures of our other, denied selves.”

Bill Hare