Helen Sear

Lives & works: UK

Helen Sear studied fine art at Reading University and The Slade School of Art, London. She was best known in the 1980’s for her work with installation, performance and film, her photographic work becoming more widely known in the early 1990’s with an exhibition mounted by the British Council entitled De-Composition: Constructed Photography in Britain which toured Latin America and Eastern Europe in 1991.

Sear’s work explores ideas of vision, touch and re-presentation of the nature of experience with particular reference to the human and animal body and her immediate environment in rural Wales and France. Writer and curator, David Campany, described Sear as ‘one of photography’s foremost innovators. For her the medium is one of magic as much as realism. It is never pure, fixed or entirely knowable. Each new series presents a new set of challenges that offer up her fascination with craft and our habits of looking.’

Sear represented Wales at Venice Biennale in 2015 and has won several artist’s awards, including The Major Creative Wales Award, from Arts Council Wales (2011). Her solo exhibitions include Gone to Earth, at John Hansard Gallery, Southampton (1994); Grounded at Impressions Gallery, Bradford [2003]; Inside The View, at Klompching Gallery, New York (2009); Beyond The View, at Bildkultur, Stuttgart (2012) and Lure, at Oriel Davies National Touring Exhibition, Wales (2013).

Group shows include A Quality of Light, Office of Art Project, at Tate Gallery, St. Ives (1997); About Face, at Hayward Gallery, London (2004); We Have The Mirrors, We Have The Plans at Oriel Mostyn, Llanduddno, Wales (2010) and New Perspectives: Landscape Art in Wales since the 1970s, at National Museum, Wales (2012).

Sear is represented by Klompching Gallery, New York and she has works in many private and public collections including National Museum, Wales; The V&A, London; and Arts Council of Wales.

All proceeds from the sale of this edition go to Impressions Gallery, Bradford, in support of the next generation of photography talent.

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