Roger Cecil + 4 Contemporary Painters: Helen Booth

Helen Booth graduated in 1989 from Wimbledon School of Art. Her tutors were Bernard Cohen and George Blacklock. In 2012 Helen won the Pollock Krasner Foundation Award for painting. She lives and works in west Wales

Booth’s understated yet powerful abstracted landscapes are, in her own words, ‘gestural images, offering a personal view of transcendent nature’. Inspired by the Welsh winter light, silver, black, grey and white, booth strives to capture the flattening quality of it, the way it turns everything into line, making geometry of landscapes and rock formations and distilling everything else – skeletal trees and  melancholy weather – to scratches, scuffs and scars.

Speaking about the work of Roger Cecil Helen says:

“I was first made aware of Roger Cecil’s wonderful paintings when I moved to Wales in 1996. I had the fortune to exhibit alongside his work in Llantarnam Grange and then be the Artist in Residence working alongside Oriel Myrddin during his solo exhibition in 2006. 

His work had an immediate impact. His controlled pallet and his use of black and white was the initial draw. There is a simplicity to his work, an unassumed assurance in the way that he applies his paint. He manages to create a real sense of peace and beauty, meditative work that pulls you in and expands the more time you spend in front of it. I am particularly drawn to his charcoal drawings of telegraph poles and telephone lines and his aerial maps of the landscape. His scratchy impulsive marks have real affinity, as does his wonderfully waxy surfaces.

I too strive for this beauty and simplicity in my own work. Using simple abstracted lines and flattened space, I endeavour to make work that captures a similar emotional response.”

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Saturday 17 March 2018 2pm

Gallery Talk

4 Contemporary Painters in Conversation

Helen Booth ● Laura Edmunds ● Catrin Llwyd Evans ●Sarah Poland.

Join the four painters from our exhibition Roger Cecil + 4 Contemporary Painters  to hear about their work and their responses to the work of the late Roger Cecil.

Free entry, no need to book.

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Image: Helen Booth:  Intangible Envy 2017, Oil on Canvas,  diptych of 2x 90 x 122cm

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