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.
Helen Sear. In WaitingAn exhibition of photographs by Helen Sear for the redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital 29 Jul - 28 Aug 2020These works were commissioned through the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust Connect 3Ts Hospital Redevelopment Public Art Programme, in partnership with Photoworks and Willis Newson. In addition to Helen Sear as lead artist, three further artists were also commissioned for this project: Murray Ballard, Zoe Childerley and Celine...
Paris Photo 202110 - 14 Nov 2021James Hyman Photography is delighted to return to Paris Photo. This year, we have divided our booth into three main sections. Chronologically, the first, entitled...
Photo London 20218 - 12 Sep 2021James Hyman Gallery is delighted to return to Somerset House for Photo London. Our presentation will focus on the London premiere of Heather Agyepong's recent...