WENDY HELLIWELL GALLERY
Having exhibited at Edinburgh Art Fair since 2013, artist Wendy Helliwell founded her eponymous gallery to celebrate innovative approaches to contemporary visual art. Utilising a mix of traditional and experimental media, Wendy disassembles and reconstructs the cultural symbols, motifs and paradigms that govern 21st century life in her unmistakably eye catching and tactile paintings. Joining Wendy this year are Mark Vice and ECA graduate Sonya Elder, two artists who are also driven by a desire to interpret and communicate the world around them. Sonya’s abstracted landscapes draw on childhood memories of nature, where the ordering of colour and space bring the artist a sense of inner stillness. Mark combines materials such a tulle, mirror and glass to create ethereal paintings that aim to illustrate the incorporeal emotions and connections we experience as humans. With distinct yet complimentary styles, the trio have curated a selection of work that is bold, fresh and at times, surprising. One thing’s for sure - the Wendy Helliwell Gallery is one to watch!
Continuing to take inspiration from cultural trends and glossy magazines Wendy’s colourful and textured works continue to evolve. Sharper and more defined the compositions continue to display a strong fun narrative yet the deeper undercurrent of consumerism and wastefulness is still present. Becoming even more sustainable with her approach Wendy is now recycling and incorporating old clothing within the actual works themselves delivering a pleasing visual yet delivering a true depiction of a growing trend in fast fashion.
Mark Vice is a contemporary visual artist whose mixed media paintings examine the relationships between human physicality, consciousness and the surrounding universe. Working from his Edinburgh studio, most days he can be found painting, experimenting with new mediums and updating followers via social media (@markviceart). Mark is interested in creating art that explores the emotional, physical and transcendental connections between humans and our wider universe. Working with paint, fabric, glass and resin, his mixed media paintings attempt to illustrate the unseen forces that govern and shape our lives.
Most recently, he has been exploring the incorporeal connections that tether us to each other and our universe. Using glimmering 'bridges' of light and shadow, Mark attempts to illustrate the forces that we all experience but cannot observe with the naked eye such as consciousness, love, intuition and transcendence.