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Capturing Nature’s Delicate Side: Botanical Art meets the Magic of Lace

by Helen Taylor MA

This exhibition finishes on 27/10/2023


Capturing Nature’s Delicate Side:

Botanical Art Meets the Magic of Lace

Helen A Taylor MA ASGFA ASWA

Helen Taylor’s artwork explores how the natural world links with and influences structures and objects made by humans.

Her work uses the medium of printmaking, (mainly woodcut and Linocut, often combined with watercolour painting), underpinned by intense and detailed drawings, grounded in process. She intertwines and layers flowers and leaves with architectural structures and domestic objects. Her work is sculptural in its use of line and shape, but also takes the intense colours of flora to contrast with the flat shades of our constructed world.

Taylor’s work is inspired by well-known botanical and architectural ‘meeting’ places such as Kew Gardens, familiar to many, but also less well known places in her local area. Her work is also inspired by spaces where people and plants unexpectedly intersect, such as shopping centres.

Taylor has been working with The Cowper and Newton Museum over the last year, making work inspired by their collection, culminating in an exhibition at The Three Hares Gallery at the museum in October 2023.

The exhibition will feature her usual botanical and architectural prints, many inspired by her home city of Milton Keynes. But also, new work which combines her love of flowers and plants with inspiration from the museum’s collection of historic Lace.

The first linocut print of this series – ‘Leaves like Lace’ was recently selected for the Society Women Artist’s group exhibition at the Mall Gallery, London and for ‘The Directors Cut’ – online exhibition of the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair.

Taylor has a first-class degree in Fine Art and a Master’s degree in Printmaking and is an associate member of the SGFA (The Drawing Society) and The Society of Women Artists (SWA) and is a member of The Printmakers Council.

Taylor worked in the arts in Milton Keynes for many years teaching and at Milton Keynes Hospital as Director of the charity MK Arts for Health.

She now concentrates on her own arts practice and works from her home studio in Milton Keynes.

Taylor exhibits widely, including The Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair; Printmakers Council, Royal Institute Painters in Watercolour, Society Botanical Artists and Royal Society Painter Printmakers, and regularly at The Mall Galleries with the Society of Women Artists and the Society Graphic Fine Art (The Drawing Society.)

She has work in private collections in the UK and Europe, China, Australia and the US.

My work often underlines the contrast of the human manufactured domain with the abundance and freedom of shape, form and colour of the natural world.”

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