Helen Gørrill



British painter + collage maker (PhD), and one of the few British artists to be selected for the Brooklyn Museum's artabase (New York). Gorrill's new work reappropriates and revives the art historical female form through paint; and imagery taken from popular culture, Instagram and adult magazines. Digitization has changed the way we consume art. Art history and culture can be re/mediated, re/produced, interpreted and manipulated.  Gorrill draws meaning from the barrage of images we are bombarded with in our daily existence, blending art history and the passage of time with the Urban and Contemporary. Through activist painterly vandalism and re-drawing of the old masters, the re-mapping of art history begins to occur and a series of new modern mistresses emerge. The original meanings ascribed to these old masters no longer matters: what is important is our contemporary reading of them.

Gorrill's work has been the subject of some controversy. In 2009 her degree show, featuring drawings inspired by religious pamphlets that featured dominant women and sexually submissive men, was censored. Guardian writer Henry Porter wrote, "The male figures have been censored but to protect whom? The spam I receive contains more indecency than Ms Gorrill's work. And it is much less interesting because she makes a valid point." 








Exhibition History

2017Flora + Fauna LONDON
2016Numerous London exhibitions, details to be uploaded.
2015Art Inspired by Warhol - Saatchi Art, Los Angeles
2015Saatchi Art - 'Pop Art', Los Angeles
2015New Bond St London exhibition with DegreeArt
2015Selected by Saatchi Art curation team, curated by Rebecca Wilson
2014ABM, Baltic Mill, Gateshead (with The Bleed)
2014Selected by Saatchi curator for 'Inspired by Matisse' collection
2014New Bond Street, London
2014The Affordable Art Fair, Bristol
2014The Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead Heath London
2014Wish you were here 13, AIR Gallery New York
2014Boisdale of Canary Wharf, London
2014Creation Fine Arts, Yorkshire - solo show
2013Edinburgh Contemporary / The Edinburgh Art Fair
2013The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea (represented by DegreeArt Gallery)
2013Manchester Contemporary/Buy Art Fair Manchester, represented by DegreeArt
2013The Femail Project, Birmingham
2013Wish you were here 12, AIR Gallery New York
2013Retrospective, United Arab Emirates
2013Sweet'Art, The Crypt Gallery, London
2013Love where you live, MIMA
2013Assemblage solo, The Beetroot Gallery, Derbyshire
2013Cumbrian Open, Upfront Gallery
2012Passion for Freedom 2012, Unit 24 Gallery, adj Tate Modern, London
2012The Drawing Project, Crocus Gallery, Nottingham
2012The Affordable Art Fair, London Battersea
2012The Affordable Art Fair, London Hampstead
2012Womart #2, Funoon Gallery, DUBAI
2012Religionis Violenta, London's West Bank Gallery, Notting Hill
201220:12 Collaboration with The Olympic Games, DegreeArt, LONDON
2012The Happening: Andy Warhol & Velvet Underground, Cumbria
2012Exposition Georges Bataille, Galerie Hors Champs, PARIS
2012Intersections, Centre for World Class Science, Newcastle
2012Selected to represent DegreeArt Gallery at the London Art Fair 2012
2011Deicide SOLO SHOW DegreeArt Gallery, London
201121st Century Pin-ups, Fine Arte Gallerie, Paris
201121st Century Pin-ups, FineArte Modern Art Dealers, Bond St, London
201121st Century Pins-ups, Fine Arte Gallery, Southend on Sea
2011FLOUT, Axis Arts Centre, Crewe
2011I-SHO 73 Women: Feminist Art; Tottenham Court Road, London
2011New Designers 2011: Business Design Centre, Islington, London
2011Emerge 2011, Carlisle Cumbria
2011Salon Contemporary, Westbourne Grove, London
2011Work selected for Arts Sharp Edge at the Lloyd Gill Gallery (SW)
2010Salon Contemporary, Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill London
2010Work selected for Outside the Square Gallery, Margate (opened by Tracey Emin)
2010Bank Gallery Carlisle, selected for The Vault 2010
2010Hong Kong: Open Your Mind
2010London, Islington Metal Works: Cenzored Zine
2010Tempa Tempa Gallery at Griffin, Carlisle: Pincredible
2010Saatchi-gallery.co.uk; Showdown sculpture voted top 50
2010Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Cumbria (Harbour from Uni Cumbria)
2010London: Centre for Recent Drawing. Box of Desires 2
2010Selected for Harbour: Selling Olga. University of Cumbria, Carlisle
2010Bonavox: Seconds Out. Caldewgate Fine Art, Carlisle
2009Qsand Arts Centre, Morecambe: The Body Collective 2
2009Northend House Milton Keynes: Enlightenment
2009Bank Gallery Carlisle: First Impressions exhibition
2009London: Empire Gallery - A Crash Course in Phantasy
2009Drawings and ink paintings: Low LLO Resource Centre, Cumbria
2009QSand Arts Centre Morecambe: The Body Collective exhibition
2009Bank Gallery Carlisle Summer Academy Show
2009New York APW Gallery NYC 11101: A Postcard Says 1000 Words
2009The Seven Deadly Sins, Carlisle Cumbria
2009Environment at Hoopers Department Store, Carlisle
2008Saatchi-gallery.co.uk: Showdown, paintings voted top 50 (Nov & Dec)
2009Bodhi Gallery, London (Amnesty International) - 'Sex Is Not The Enemy'
2008Caldewgate Fine Art, Carlisle - group show 'Morgue Studies'
2008Caldewgate Fine Art, Carlisle - group show 'The Draughtsman: Fine Art Drawings'
2008Stead McAlpin Creative Travel Award/Burnetts Drawing Award exhibition