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b. 1971, United Kingdom

Helen Beard Biography

Born in Birmingham, England in 1971, Helen Beard is an artist who works in various disciplines including paint, collage, tapestries and sculptures.

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Beard’s paintings use a vivid rainbow palette to create interlocking arrangements of bright primary colour, which combine to describe explicit sexual encounters. Working from found images, Beard’s work explores themes relating to gender, sexual psychology and eroticism. Situated part way between abstraction and representation, her figures are reduced to concisely defined fields of vibrant colour, on which a myriad of varied brush marks remain visible. As a feminist, she is unapologetic for female desire and takes back ownership of sexual imagery from the predominantly male gaze. The work is, at heart, a celebration of the life affirming nature of sex.

In 2017 she was included in the group show Simulation Skin: Selected works from the Murderme Collection and in the Spring of 2018, Beard was included in True Colours, a show of new works by three women artists at Newport Street Gallery, London. Beard’s work was also included in the show 21st Century Women curated by Jane Neal and Fru Tholstrup last Autumn in London.

Her work is in included in major collections worldwide.

She lives and works in Brighton, England.

Text courtesy Reflex Amsterdam.

Helen Beard Featured Artworks

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Leda and the Swan (Limited edition) by Helen Beard contemporary artwork
Helen BeardLeda and the Swan (Limited edition), 202015 colour silkscreen on Somerset Tub Sized 410gsm
35 x 30 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery
Illicit Kisses (Limited Edition) by Helen Beard contemporary artwork
Helen BeardIllicit Kisses (Limited Edition), 20209 colour silkscreen on Somerset Tub Sized 410gsm
138.5 x 120 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery
Bonita (Limited Edition) by Helen Beard contemporary artwork
Helen BeardBonita (Limited Edition), 202015 colour silkscreen on Somerset Tub Sized 410gsm
35 x 30 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery
What do you want? What do you need? by Helen Beard contemporary artwork
Helen BeardWhat do you want? What do you need?, 2020Oil on canvas
110 x 200 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery
Fleur-de-Lis by Helen Beard contemporary artwork
Helen BeardFleur-de-Lis, 2020Oil on canvas
160 x 160 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery
It’s Complicated by Helen Beard contemporary artwork
Helen BeardIt’s Complicated, 2020Oil on canvas
100 x 136 cm
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Reflex Amsterdam
Meaningless Recreation by Helen Beard contemporary artwork
Helen BeardMeaningless Recreation, 2020Oil on canvas
200 x 185 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery
The Principle of Pleasure by Helen Beard contemporary artwork
Helen BeardThe Principle of Pleasure, 2020Oil on canvas
100 x 110 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery

Helen Beard Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Helen Beard, The Desire Path at Reflex Amsterdam
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9 May–13 October 2020 Helen Beard The Desire Path Reflex AmsterdamAmsterdam

Helen Beard Represented By

Reflex Amsterdam contemporary art gallery in Amsterdam, Netherlands Reflex Amsterdam Amsterdam

Helen Beard In Ocula Magazine

Matthew Shieh: A Family Collection Ocula Conversation  |  Taipei Connections: Collector Focus Matthew Shieh: A Family Collection By Stephanie Bailey, Taipei

Matthew Shieh introduces his family collection and its development within the context of Taiwan's arts landscape, which boasts a rich collecting culture.

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