Helen Bartholomew Original Paintings

helen bartholomew

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

August 2020      London Art Academy - Portrait Painting tutored by Tim Benson      

Exhibitions and Gallery Participation

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