by Neil B Helyard


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DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 40 x 31 ins
SIGNATURE: Signed lower right
MEDIUM: Mixed media on handmade paper

In Quest  Helyard has captured the pensive look on the girl’s face leaving the viewer to wonder at what the subject is dreaming about.

Catalogue No: 5148 Categories: ,

We know from the memoirs of Augustus John that students of fine art at the Slade School were sent off regularly to the National Gallery to study the work of the old masters in detail.  This pedagogy was supplemented with visits to the Royal Academy winter shows, the Burlington Fine Arts Club and Guildhall Art Gallery old master exhibitions. In Orpen’s student years and immediately after there was a sudden surge of interest in Dutch and Spanish 17th Century painting.

Beyond Rembrandt and Hals, the keen student would have absorbed the neat, middle class homes of Holland, depicted in the work of Terborch, Metsu, Vermeer and De Hooch, in which wealthy merchants quietly accumulated wealth and possessions. Protestants who abjured the cavalier swagger of Van Dyck’s English sitters had more in common with those who would emerge from the shadows to patronize Orpen and his contemporaries at the turn of the 20th Century.

Neil Helyard is a talented draughtsman, whose work focuses on portraiture and the human and living form. Here, the artist has created a beautiful portrait of a man lost in thought.

If the artwork is up to £25,00 in value, and the artist is still alive, Trinity House can arrange a 0% interest loan through the Own Art scheme. Own Art is a Creative United initiative supported by Arts Council England, Creative Scotland and Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Some other restrictions apply see…


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