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Helen Herbert


After studying at the Cambridge Art School for four years Helen spent the next three exhibiting paintings and etchings in various galleries throughout Britain, including the Royal Academy Summer Show.
She was given the Alex Heath Award for the best drawings and prints in the Art School in 1974. Earlier Edward Seago gave her the Anna Airy Award for the best picture by an artist under 25 at the Ipswich Art Society. The Cambridge Drawing Society awarded Helen the Drawing Prize in their centenary exhibition.
STATEMENT – Helen Herbert 2014
I paint because I love to paint.
I love moving colour around a canvas and making it work.
The inspiration for my new series of paintings came from
browsing through family photographs. These evoked vivid
With a mix of memory and imagination these say much about
how I see life.
Although this is my story I invite the viewer to dream up
their own.

Educated in Scotland – now lives by the sea in North Norfolk.
Cambridge School of Art 1970 – 1974
Children's book illustrator for 20 years.
Art Director for an illustration agency 1985 – ongoing.
Has won numerous awards for illustrated books, painting,
printmaking and drawing. Now exhibits widely.
During the 1980s I illustrated about 300 books many of them for children. I was lucky to have two chosen for Children’s Books of the Year by the National Book League.
While I was illustrating books I continued to exhibit my pictures in one-man and mixed shows. Two years ago I returned to oil painting. I am now developing a language to express my subjective rather than objective feelings. I hope my paintings reflect my optimism about life.