Photograph by Nelson Hammond 2009
I live and work at my home in Suffolk with my partner and our two dogs, Jack and Ollie.
My serious interest in painting began in 1996 when I started private tutelage with Ken Back RAS. I studied with Ken for six years. Ken taught in the tradition of the British School of painting but was keen to encourage his students to explore their individual creativity.
My work is constantly changing and developing and therefore quite diverse. It can range from figurative to abstract, from traditional to the bizarre and all the degrees in between. I often repeat or revisit subjects, particularly those that carry a personal significance. I find myself completely absorbed in a project when I have an emotional connection to the subject.
I work primarily in oil, but also use graphite and occasionally collage. My paintings can be seen in galleries throughout Suffolk and London and occasionally in group exhibitions within the local area. I am currently a member of the Ipswich Art Society.
Contact email helenbartholomew7@gmail dot com
Detail 'Sooty and Me' oil on canvas 40x40cm
1996 - 2002 Mentoring by Ken Back RAS
2000 - 2002 University of East Anglia - The History of Art
2003 onwards Private Tuition with Charlotte Stewart
2019/20 Royal Society Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London SW1
2005/08/09/14/18 The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London SW1
2016 Sky Arts 'Portrait Artist of the Year' reserve painter
2006-16 Llewellyn Alexander, The Cut, Waterloo, London
2012-16/19 The Ipswich Art Society Annual Open Exhibition
2014 Inspired By Becker, St Peters Church, Wenhaston, Suffolk
2008-14 Buckenham Gallery, Southwold, Suffolk
2005/06/11 New English Art Club, Mall Galleries, London, SW1
2009 The Hunter Gallery, Long Melford, Suffolk
2007-09 8 Upstairs, Peter Pears, Aldeburgh, Suffolk
2009 Artisans East, Peter Pears, Aldeburgh, Suffolk
2007 Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings, Suffolk
2006/07 Orwell Park School, Ipswich, Suffolk
2006 From The Model, Ferini Art Gallery, Pakefield, Lowestoft, Suffolk
2005 Society of Women Artists, Mall Galleries, London, SW1
2005 Cinema Gallery, Aldeburgh, Suffolk
2004 Ken Back Legacy, Graham and Oldham's Gallery, Ipswich, Suffolk
2003 Joint Debut Exhibition, Aldeburgh Gallery, Suffolk