Helen Sear

Helen Sear
 
 
Helen Sear's practice focuses on the co-existence of human, animal, and natural environments and is rooted in an interest in Magic Realism, Surrealism and Conceptual Art.

She studied Fine Art at Reading University and University College London, Slade School, her practice coming to prominence in the late 1980s, when she worked primarily with mixed-media installation, performance and video.

Her photographic works became widely known in the 1991 British Council exhibition, De-Composition: Constructed Photography in Britain, which toured extensively in Latin America and Eastern Europe.

Photography remains a central subject and medium in her work, which often challenges the dominance of the eye and the fixed-point perspective associated with the camera lens, and explores the potential of the artwork to activate and elicit feeling.

Sear was the first woman to represent Wales with a solo exhibition at the 56th Venice Biennale 2015 presenting a suite of new worksrest is smoke. Her most ambitious video work to date, wahaha biota has been shown in the UK, Netherlands and Switzerland in 2018 /2019. Her inaugural exhibition with Martin Asbaek Gallery, Fascination, opened in Copenhagen in March 2018 and in 2019 two major pieces were acquired by the James Hyman British Photography Collection.

She was recently voted one of the key100 women photographers practicing globally by The Royal Photographic Society: Hundred Heroines.

She was visiting professor at the Royal Academy Schools London between 2014 and 2019 and is currently external examiner for Graduate Media at the Slade School UCL.




Visiting Professor: Royal Academy Schools London 2015-2019

External Examiner: UCL Slade School London: Graduate Media 2017-2021


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
A Hiding Place in Waking Dreams, Pennings Foundation Eindhoven

2019
Prospect Refuge Hazard Impressions Gallery Bradford

2018
Prospect Refuge Hazard 1 Dalby Forest, Ryedale Folk Museum, Crescent Arts

2018
Prospect Refuge Hazard 2 Hestercombe House Taunton

2018
Facination Martin Asbaek Gallery Copenhagen

2017
rest is smoke: Glyn Vivian Museum and Art Gallery Swansea

2017
New Photographs : Klompching New York

2015
rest is smoke: representing Wales at the 56th Venice Biennale
https://www.yout.com/watch?v=OL5v_i-GeQA

2014 Pastoral Monuments, Rencontres Internationales, Gaspésie, Canada

2013 Lure, Oriel Davies, Newtown, national touring exhibition

2012
Sightlines, Klompching Gallery New York USA

2011
Pond, Crescent Arts Scarborough

2010
Beyond The View, Klompching New York

2009
Beyond The View, Hoopers Gallery London

2009
Inside The View, Klompching Gallery New York USA

2005
Grounded, Leeds Metropolitan Gallery

2003
Hide, Ffotogallery Cardiff

2000
Unsettlement, Zinc gallery, Stockholm

1999
TwiceOnce, Angel Row Nottingham

1998
Twice... Once, Anderson O'Day, London

1994
Gone to Earth, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, Portfolio Gallery Edinburgh

1992
Threshold, Gray Gallery, North Carolina, USA


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020
Summer in The City Martin Asbaek Gallery Copenhagen

2019
Lunar Gardening, Kingsgate Project Space London

2019
LAND__SCOPE. Photographic Works from Roni Horn to Thomas Ruff in the DZ BANK Art Collection Münchner Stadt Museum, Munich

2019
Silent Green Villa Renata Basel

2019
Is This Planet Earth? Ferens Gallery Hull

2018
Material: WOOD Messums Wiltshire

2018
Galerie Pennings Eindhoven

2018
Is This Planet Earth? Ty Pawr Wrexham, Aberyatwyth Arts Centre

2018
Women in Focus National Museum Wales

2017 -2018
Good Life Geramics, Kunst Museum St. Gallen Switzerland. part of a 12 month exhibition project by Caro Niederer.

2017
[AN-]SICHTEN
VOM UMGANG MIT DER WIRKLICHKEIT DZ BANK Kunstsammlung, Frankfurt

2017
The Moon and a Smile : Glynn Vivian Museum and Art Gallery Swansea

2015
Wild Flower Arrangements : Victoria Gallery and Museum Liverpool as part of LOOK/15

2015
Double Take: Photography and the Garden : Hestercombe Gallery Somerset

2014
About Face, Klompching Gallery, New York

2012
New Perspectives: Landscape Art in Wales since the 1970s, National Museum Wales

2012
Hijacked 111 Quad, Derby, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Australia, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane ACP, Sydney

2011
Paris Photo, Aperture Foundation New York

2010
We Have The Mirrors, We Have The Plans: Oriel Mostyn, Llanduddno, Wales

2006
Z15, Museum of Fine Arts, St Petersburg, Florida

2005
La Mirada Reflexiva, Espai D'Art Contemporani de Castellon, Spain (with Robert Longo and Perejaume )

2004
About Face, Hayward Gallery, London

2004
Je t'envisage, la disparition du portrait: Musée de L'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland

2003
Photo Espagna, Madrid, Spain

2001
Solid State, Kettles Yard, Cambridge

1998
Here to Stay, Arts Council of England purchases from the 1990's

1997
A Quality of Light, Office of Art project, Tate Gallery, St. Ives

1995
Blindfield, Coventry Gallery, London

1993
Indivisible, Valencia, Spain and Southampton City Art Gallery

1991
Decomposition, Constructed British Photography: British Council touring Latin America (catalogue)


SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Hyman Collection
Al Dabbah Group
Cassilhaus Collection North Carolina
National Museum Wales
DZ Bank Art Collection Frankfurt
Glynn Vivian Museum and Gallery Swansea Wales
Ernst & Young
Victoria and Albert Museum
Arts Council of Wales
British Telecom
Unilever
Manfred Heiting Collection Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Department of Trade and Industry
Virgin Communications Collection
Texaco Collection
Paul Wilson Collection
Arts Council of Great Britain
British Council


EDUCATION

2009
PhD by publication University of Wales Newport

1981-1983
University College London Slade School, HDFA

1975-1979
University of Reading Fine Art Department, BA (hons) 1st Class


AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

2014
Selected to represent Wales at the 56th Venice Biennale 2015

2013
The Wakelin Award for video Chameleon: contemporary art collection Glyn Vivian Art Gallery and Museum

2012
Inside The View nominated for best international photography book at Photo Espagna

2011
Joint first prize Visual Art at National Eisteddfod

2011
Major Creative Wales Award, Arts Council Wales

2004
Arts Council and University of Sunderland International Photography Fellowship, Jyvaskyla Finland

1996
Artist in Residence, Electronic Imaging, Oxford Brookes University

1993
Abbey Awardee, British School at Rome


COMMISSIONS
2017-2020
CONNECT 3Ts Hospital Redevelopment Commission Photoworks in partnership with
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Willis Newson and the University of Brighton

2017
Arts Council / Forestry Commission Dalby Forest North Yorkshire

2015
rest is smoke: representing Wales at the 56th Venice Biennale

2012
The World in London, The Photographers' Gallery London

2005
Art Director and photographer for Marco Pierre White restaurant P&O Cruise ship Ventura

2000/01
The Whole Story: Photoworks Commission Maidstone Library and Museum.

1999
Millenium Commission The Earth Centre Doncaster.


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS / REVIEWS

2020
On Photographs David Campany, Thames and Hudson (forthcoming)

2018
Unique: making photographs in the Age of Ubiquity. Katherine Oktober Matthews

2017
Fare Luce: Shedding Light. Text by Roberta Valtorta : Fare Luce Shedding Light Edited by Beppe Finessi Corraini Edizioni

2015
Art Photography. David Bate : TATE Publishing

2015
...the rest is smoke: monograph published by Ffotogallery, Cardiff / Wales in Venice
'Perspectives on Place: Theory and practise in landscape photography' J.A.P. Alexander, Bloomsbury Publishing, London

2013
Brise?es: Bookwork published by GOST

2012
Inside the View: monograph published by Ffotogallery, Cardiff
Hijacked 3, Australia/United Kingdom, Big City Press, Western Australia

2011
Aperture, May 2011, with text by Jason Evans

2010
The New Yorker : May 24th Vince Aletti

2009
Portfolio: 50th edition
Frieze: http://www.frieze.com/shows/review/helen_sear/
Hotshoe International: Peggy Roalf
Tale Bookwork published by g39 Cardiff. Text David Chandler.

2006
Face. The New Photographic Portrait. Thames and Hudson
Stilled. published by IRIS and Ffotogallery

2005
Photoworks Journal Autumn /Winter 2005-2006. Text David Campany
Work in Progress Published by IPRN

2003
Masquerade Published by Ffotogallery. Text Caryn Faure Walker
Guardian review 'Beauty and the beast', Alfred Hickling August 21st
Spot; published by Yard Gallery text: Stuart Cameron
Art Monthly (November) Martin Herbert

2002
Natural's Not in It John Slyce Portfolio no. 35

2001
Twice published by Zelda Cheatle Press essays by David Bate and Sharon Morris
Solid State Kettles Yard Cambridge

2000
The Whole Story: Published by Photoworks.
Hotshoe International May/June Jean Wainwright.

1999
Public Sightings Cornerhouse Publications
BJP 18.8.99 Grace Lau interview
Chora catalogue. Sue Hubbard and Simon Morley
Contemporary Visual Art No 24. Hugh Stoddart.

1998
Here to stay: Arts Council Collection purchases of the 1990's catalogue; Hayward Gallery Publishing Ltd, London
Art Monthly No.216 Valerie Reardon
Contemporary Visual Arts Issue 17. Sue Hubbard

1997
Time Out Nov 12th Martin Herbert
Art Newspaper, June Richard Prinsent
Time Out, June 11th-18th Sue Hubbard.

1995
Coil - Journal of the moving image, no. 2
Portfolio magazine No 22. Caryn Faure Walker
Creative Camera, Russell Roberts
Untitled, Stuart Cameron
A & D The Contemporary Sublime A & D The Photographic ImageGone to Earth John Hansard Gallery Southampton

1993
Creative Camera, CC25
Arts Review, January (Critics Choice)
City Limits, 7th January, Robin Dutt
Time Out, 30th December to 6th January, Sarah Kent

1992
Women's Press Diary

Art Vu, Contemporary South Eastern Visual Arts, vol. 6 U.S.A

1991
Creative Camera, CC12, Carol McKay

1989
Arts Review, July

1980
Flash Art (Britain), no 100 Marc Chaimowicz


EVENTS AND RESIDENCIES

2019
CCA Andratx, Majorca : Residency

2018
Invited artist in residence Cassilhaus NC. USA

2018
Hestercombe Gallery DISRUPTED VIEWS A Seminar with Helen Sear, Gareth Evans and Lauren Ch


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