Helena Grimes is an Irish artist and illustrator based in Limerick. Her work has been exhibited in a variety of locations nationally in Ireland as well as internationally in Eygpt, Turkey, Northern Ireland and USA. She was selected for the Emerging Artist Exhibition 2014 in St Patrick’s Hospital, Dublin and was purchased by the curator.
Helena also works on commissioned illustrations for both commercial clients and personal projects. These include branding, books, stationary and editorial. She loves creating new and exciting illustrations for projects and telling unique stories through drawing.
About the Work
Within her personal practice, her drawings desire to tell a tale or to spawn anew in the minds of the viewers. She illustrates her inner most thoughts and fragments of her imagination. Familiar themes fabricated within her work include anxiety, power, greed, vanity, deceit and degeneration. The work challenges society and culture with aims to enlighten and impact consciously or subconsciously.
The artist describes having an addictive relationship with drawing. She indulges in mark making that takes her off to another world. A fine liner archival pen is never far from her grasp; there is simplicity in the pen medium yet it allows for a variety of possibilities. As a printmaker she also has experience in etchings, lithography and woodblock. No matter what the project, everything always starts with a drawing.
The non-human form is a subject she is deeply involved with using as an agency to understand human society and inner self. The animals act as a vehicle for to communicate the artist’s ideas and interpret her world. The drawings have a fable-like quality to them where the work illustrates people and feelings yet the human form is rarely seen. The animal is pure and innocent; less threatening and is also more universal.
Her inspirations come from society, culture, books, myths, fairy-tales and of course life itself.
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