Helen Baines is a Surrey-based printmaker working from her home studio, and also at Ochre Print Studio in Guildford where she is a keyholder member. She studied Art and Design at Richmond Upon Thames College, and gained a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design (now University for the Creative Arts).
Her recent work, in the form of etching, collagraph and drypoint, has seen the almost unbidden emergence of figures taking centre stage, whereas in earlier prints they are subsumed within a broader setting. Although informed primarily by the landscape, both the physical and cultural, it is always the human histories which compel Helen to make a print. Working from photographs and drawings, she takes elements from the known landscape and combines them with remembered and imaginary forms. By attempting to understand the definitive nature of a subject, Helen hopes, through the lengthy proofing and printing process, to develop a narrative which is more resonant or unexpected.
Helen has been awarded two Printmakers Council prizes and her work is held in the V&A Museum’s Word and Image Department and the permanent public art collection of the Scarborough Art Gallery and Museum.