ARTISTS / Helen Elliott
I’m a professional artist and educator based in West Wales.
After being asked to leave the art class at school and told that I couldn’t paint, I developed my own painting style, influenced by the Fauvists and the Scottish Colourists, working intuitively with colour and composition.
I paint in terms of colour first, followed by texture, then finally - subject. I believe a painting should primarily give a feeling of joy, make you smile, followed by a twist of intrigue, “how is that done?” and a lasting feel of satisfaction.
“Colour is all.
When colour is right, form is right.
Colour is everything.”
― Marc Chagall
During my thirty years as an artist, my work has been widely enjoyed and collected. I have paintings in the permanent collections of the Welsh Assembly and MOMA Wales, have been included in the "Who's Who in Art" and have painted many commissions for public as well as private buyers.
Career highlights include- a solo show at The Museum of Naive Art in Paris 2012, Artist in Residence at Vallauris, Cannes, 2015, and artist in residence Saumur, 2017. I had the honour of being elected to be a Golden Artists Paints artist-educator in 2015, and enjoyed a solo show at MOMA Wales, showing alongside Kyffyn Williams in 2017.