Helen Gørrill



Helen Gørrill’s collages explore ideas about time, history and reality; using contemporary imagery that juxtaposes with the Old Masters she sets out to reappropriate. Helen’s new artwork focuses on vandalising old masters and reviving art historical portraits through photo bombing and incorporating elements from contemporary sub-cultures, and often incorporates media such as lipstick, eyeliner and human hair. Within this context, the striking images hover between the 17thcentury and today’s climate of uncertainty; her portaits refuse to become passive viewed subjects as they once were. Helen’s collaged and painted portraits have been commissioned from prestigious clients such as the new Bankside Hotel adj. Tate Modern in London. 


The artist was awarded a Doctorate in contemporary British Painting in 2017, co-supervised by the Royal College of Art. Her PhD thesis Women Can’t Paint was subsequently acquired by the prestigious publishers I.B. Tauris/Bloomsbury. Due for publication in March 2019, the book is predicted to become “an important historical text” and “every art student’s bible”; and underpins the artist's current practice. She is known for her controversial works: 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 [Dr] Gørrill's work. And it is much less interesting because she makes a valid point."Gørrill’s practice is prolific and diverse, stemming from international artist residencies – and she is one of the few British artists (alongside Tracey Emin) to have her work selected for New York Brooklyn Museum's digital EASCFA archive.



Exhibition History

2019London AAF Battersea Autum
2019AAF: New York, New York
2019The Henley Festival, Henley on Thames
2019Contemporary Collective at Bankside London
2019Auction Collective Bankside London
2019Winter Show: Trinity Gallery London
2018Paddle 8 New York, secret auction
2018AAF Battersea London
2018Summer Show London City Island
2018Porno-Pop, Concept Space, London
2018AAF Hampstead London 2018
2018You and I are discontinuous beings, Birmingham
2017Flora + Fauna LONDON
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