Helen Barker is an artist based in Sheffield, UK. Her art practice investigates the relationship between space and place. She uses local places and fictional spaces to make paintings. She works primarily in oil and gouache, enjoying the difference between the quick, gestural strokes of oil painting and the precise, flattened effects of gouache.
She also paints landscape and portrait commissions.
She is a keen writer, having contributed to numerous national and international journals on the subject of contemporary art, design, architecture and critical theory.
Helen has an MFA in Art Writing from Goldsmiths College, London for which she received the AHRC Research Preparation Masters Scheme Award, and a First Class BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College, London. Previous residencies include artist in residence with Gandt Presents and art writer in residence at the Chisenhale Gallery, London.
Past projects include Sheffield Bazaar, a singular hand printed wallpaper installation investigating the interiority of a department store, Far Lands a two day exhibition exploring landscapes inspired by videogames, in association with Games Britannia Live! and Millennium Galleries Sheffield and Making and Unmaking Text, a three day participatory event in association with Royal Holloway, University of London.