Graduation day

Helen Stone joined Example as a student artist – albeit a mature one – and she recently graduated with a show at the Former Newington Library in London’s Elephant & Castle.

For the last three years, she has been studying contemporary portraiture at independent college The Art Academy, London – a course that offers far more tutored time than most, learning from some of the best contemporary portrait artists around.

It’s been a fascinating journey for Helen whose show reflected her growing interest in the role that concept and narrative play in portraiture. Much of her final project was based on the search for her long lost family from London’s East End, stitching their stories into clothing and creating figures in tea stain, iron burn and fire grate polish.

She was also excited to discover her painted series Classification of Unpaid Domestic Duties, which looks at class duality, has been selected for the new Liberty Art Award in conjunction with – a charity that finds new ways to support early career artists. She will be exhibiting with them in London over the next year and we’ll keep you posted with details.

You can see more of her project, the process and individual pieces over at her website