Direct from the artist’s studio
Neil Helyard is a talented draughtsman, whose work focuses on portraiture and the human and living form. Born in Beverley, East Yorkshire in 1951, he always had a passion for art.
Whilst working as an art tutor and mentor, and drawing on influences from Auerbach, Egon Schiele and the Italian Renaissance period, Neil pursued this passion, establishing himself for his variety of portrait styles and for executing his work in both a classical and contemporary manner whilst working in varying mediums. This varying style and medium, together with Neil’s use of colour, creates a dramatic, exciting and unexpected effect.
Initially exhibiting in private galleries, Neil quickly progressed to exhibit in numerous prestigious exhibitions held at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (Annual Exhibitions) from 2005, winning the Prince of Wales Award for Portrait Drawing in 2009; The Royal Watercolour Society; The Pastel Society; The Garrick/Milne 2005 (Christies, London) and Leeds City Art Gallery to name a few.