Helen Clapcott is rapidly becoming recognized as one of the most exciting artists painting in the North-West today. She is one of the few artists currently using egg tempera, a medium that predates oils and was used by the ‘Old Masters’ who had both the ability and the discipline to work with this exacting medium.
Her subject matter is the destruction and regeneration of the landscape of Stockport. For nearly 40 years she has painted these delightfully obsessive works, depicting the mutation and evolution of that once industrial valley, now a commuter corridor. Helen’s paintings have been continuously researched through drawing on location, each taking many months of meticulous work. They are not critical, nor do they defend a cause or corner. They are a celebration of light, and show a deep appreciation of a unique landscape.
Wendy J Levy Gallery, Manchester 2013
Osborne Samuel, London 2013
Portico Gallery, Manchester 2010
Stockport Art Gallery 1984, 1998, 2008
Troubador Gallery 2006
Scolar Fine Art, London 2003
The New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham 1986, 1990, 1994
Salford City Art Gallery 1984
Messum’s Gallery, London ‘The Elemental North’ 2014
Browse and Darby. ‘A Critics Choice’ 2012
Touchstones, Rochdale (travelling to Oldham and Stockport). ‘Millscapes’ 2007-2008
Burlington Fine Art, London. ‘Light’ 2005
RASA (Royal Academy Schools Alumni) ‘A Brush with Words’ 2005
Regularly at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions, London
Her work is in collections in the U.K. and abroad.