The Spring Auction 2020

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76. Helen Adie


Estimate: £250 - 350

The Spring Auction 2020 - Lot 76, Helen Adie, Pompom

Signed (lower edge)
Drypoint and watercolour on paper
40 x 30 cm.
Executed in 2019
This work is number 1 of and edition of 10.

Etched directly from life into an aluminium plate, this portrait shows Helen Adie's muse Daisy, a sitter who features prominently through her work.

Helen adds a theatrical twist to the pose, the bold lines of the ruff contrasting with the hand-coloured pompoms of the jacket. The thick, velvety black line achieved through drypoint gives the character a certain panache and the half-revealed face leaves a certain mystery about the identity of the figure.

Helen's desire to explore dramatic tension is a wholly unique approach that offers viewers striking contrasts and experimentations with light and dark, angle and focus, specific to that of someone who studied theatre.

Helen Adie is also including Feather Girl in The Spring Auction.


BA (Hons), Royal Holloway, London.
MA with Distinction, Royal Holloway, London. 2012.
PGCE, Central School of Speech and Drama, London.

Selected Exhibitions: Time, Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution, London, 2020. Print Prize, The Lovely Gallery, London, 2019. Memory, Royal Overseas League, London, 2018. Master's Etching, curated by Norman Ackroyd, Bankside Gallery, London, 2016. Chelsea Arts Show, London, 2016. Gallery 54, London. 2018

Illustrations for John Boyne’s novel; Traveller Through The Gates Of Wisdom, London 2020. Artist in residence for Can I Help You? by Philip Osment, Clapham Omnibus, March 2020.

The Spring Auction 2020 - Lot 76, Helen Adie, Pompom

28 Mar Mar 28

Candid Arts, 3 Torrens St, London EC1V 1NQ