Helen Dearnley Fine Art & Illustration

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Latest Exhibition

Helen Dearnley - Sleep Piece For Yoko Ono 

Inspirational Women Artists Exhibition And Silent Auction

God's House Tower, Southampton

Friday 25th February to 6th March 2022

Closing event Tuesday 8th March


 A Space Arts God’s House Tow­er, Town Quay Road, Southamp­ton, SO14 2NY

Opening times: Sun 10-4pm, Mon -Thu Closed, Fri - Sat 10.00-5pm. 


Inspirational Women Artists Exhibition And Silent Auction God's House Tower, Southampton Feb - March 2022

Thought Bubble Festival, Harrogate Convention Centre, Harrogate, 2021

Ladeez Do Comics Awards Weekend, London, 2019

A Journey, Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham, May - Sept 2016

Wilgress Books, Lincoln, Feb 2016

Future Fest, Engine Shed, University of Lincoln, 2015

The Lincoln Simulacrum, Norman St Empty Shop, Frequency Festival 2013

Mail Art Exhibition, Norman St. Empty Shop, Lincoln, Oct & Dec 2012

Abandoned At The Exit – LAN Exhibition, Norman St. Empty Shop, Lincoln, Sept 2012

National Library Of Norway, Oslo, Norway Sept 2012

Library, Moss, Norway, 13th April 2012

Fictions, Gallery at St. Martin’s, Lincoln, 20th – 24th September 2011

How To Build A Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later, Alley Café, Nottingham, 2nd – 4th July 2011

Lego Light Space Modulator, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, March 2011

British Art Show 7 Notts Trent Arena, Sunday 21st November 2010

Drawgasmic  2027 Cherokee, St. Louis, U.S.A.  July 11th 2010

There Is Beauty In The City Gijón, Asturias, Spain July 30th until August 10th 2010

Alice In Disneyland LAN exhibition @ The Terrace, Lincoln, Lincoln Central Library

There Is Beauty In The City airSpace Gallery, Stoke-On-Trent April 5th-17th 2010

O2 Arena, A-ha live @ The O2, Greenwich, London, Nov 4th 2009

One And Other/The Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, London, Oct 2nd 2009

The Lady Of Shalott site-specific installation with LAN, Lincoln Summer Gala, Saturday 18th July, 2009.

Helen took part in the Lincoln Artist's Markets during May and June 2009.

The Golden Record: Sounds Of Earth, The Collection, Lincoln. 20 March-1 May 2009.

Helen exhibited work in two final Degree Shows,

This Is It, the University of Lincoln Fine Art Degree Show 2008 – The Unreal God And Aspects Of His Non-Existent Universe, and at the faculty of Illustration for my Illustration Degree Show

New Designers, Islington, London, July 2008

AA2A scheme residency

Helen undertook a residency at the UL Sept 2009 - June 2010 with the faculty of animation. Blog
Final work was exhibited at Lincoln Central Library, Alice In Disneyland Exhibition, March 2010 

The Unreal God And Aspects Of His Non-Existent Universe" 2008
 Part of "This Is It"  2008  The University of Lincoln Fine Art Degree Show
 a_n Review by Helen Jones
 a n Degrees Unedited review by Andrew Bryant

"The imaginary was the alibi of the real, in a world dominated by the
reality principle. And, paradoxically, it is the real that has become our true utopia - but a utopia that is no longer in the realm of the possible, that can only be dreamt of as one would dream of a lost object."

Baudrillard, J, Simulacra and Simulations
United States of America: University of Michigan Press 1994

This work reconstructs and continues a comic book narrative based 
upon the comic style imagery from A-ha’s 1986 music video Take On Me.
The fictional realm of the comic world and the real world 
become conflated with a series of coincidences within the artist’s own 
contemporary life; these re-animations changing the temporal dynamic of 
what is perceived by many as part of an iconic 1980s music video. 

Recent images of the band have been redrawn in the same style of 
drawing as Michael Patterson’s comic book world, in order to re-appropriate the 
imagery associated with Take On Me, as part of a comic book installation that 
includes the series of coincidences that make an A-ha fan’s world part of a virtual 
and real collaboration with the band themselves; a relationship that 
transcends the boundaries of celebrity idolatory and converging the realm of the 
imaginary with the real.


New Designers, 9th - 13th July 2008, Business Design Centre Islington, London.
New Designers showcased my Illustration work - for more information about my Illustration work, see Illustration

Click here for details of New Designers stand

Helen's portfolio on New Designers