Helen Allen

Helen Allen

I started printmaking in 2016 in an evening class at the Working Men’s College in north London. I draw inspiration from nature, the sea and urban spaces, enjoying the sharp contrast between the two – exploring Brutalist urban architecture of cities and scenes of the fishing industry and beautiful landscape in Devon.
My work is a mix of processes and prints using linocut, wood engraving, and intaglio. I like to use a process that fits the subject matter in terms of the level of detail and texture required. I use the aquatint process to build up images and form through tone depth rather than pure line drawing. The process also lends itself to the depiction of concrete and its qualities. I particularly like the alchemy of the aquatint process – despite careful planning and timings in the acid you never quite know what you are going to get until the very end. I like the contradiction and tension between control and chance.

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