Helen Fay

MA (RCA), Natural History Illustration. Royal College of Art, London, 1990-92

BA (Hons), Fine Art Printmaking, Sunderland University, 1987/90

Foundation Diploma, Newcastle College of Art, 1986/87

Part time course in the History of Natural History Art, British Museum of Natural History, London, 1990

Selected Exhibitions

2012, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
2012, Artist of the Month, Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow
2011, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
2010, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
2010, Art on Paper, Royal College of Art, London
2010, Works, 20th/21st Century Print Fair, Royal Academy, London
2010, Works, Sydney Art Fair, Australia
2009, Untitled, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
2009, Works, Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh
2009, Works, Royal Glasgow Institute Annual Exhibition, Glasgow
2009, Works, Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh

Artist's statement:

My work combines my two main interests, drawing and animals. Both the activity of drawing and the subject I study are a source of never ending fascination and have been for as long as I can remember. I have focused on various aspects of animal life over the years, primates, birds, curious creatures such as echidnas and tree kangaroos. Currently I am engaged in an exploration of the canine world, partly because of the sheer beauty of so many dogs but also because of their presence and dignity.

Artistically, my impetus comes from creating a balance between a solid mass and the space in which it sits. Using drawing and the exploration of form to add depth to the composition. I find printmaking, especially etching to be the media I can best translate my drawing into a solid and dramatic image. I enjoy working with and into a material such as steel or copper, etching lines and tones then working directly to scrape areas back or scratch areas to make them darker. It is a surface that one draws in as well as on. I hope this three dimensionality in the making of my prints is visible in the finished print.
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