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Helen Steele

Date of birth: 19/10/1974 (Dublin)
Address: Silver Hill House, Emyvale, Co. Monaghan.

Education: City and Guilds London - BA in Art and Design, from Bourke College of Art and Design.

Exhibitions:

2004: Market House, Monaghan, Co. Monaghan, Ireland

2004: Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland.

2003: Arts in the Castle, Castle Leslie, Glaslough, Co. Monaghan, Ireland

2002: December – Solo exhibition at Pasta di Milano, Ormond Quay, Dublin 2, Ireland.

2002: July – Castle Leslie, Glaslough, Co. Monaghan, Ireland. - Group exhibition.

2001: September – Solo exhibition at Pasta di Milano, Ormond Quay, Dublin 2, Ireland.

2002: March – Group exhibition Pasta di Milano, Ormond Quay, Dublin 2, Ireland.

1999: September – Exhibition Forge Gallery, Collon, Ireland with Irish Artist Marc O’Neill.

1998: First Solo exhibition Lane Gallery Restaurant, Pembroke Lane, Dublin 2, Ireland.

1997: Group exhibition, Lane Gallery Restaurant, Dublin 2, Ireland.

Private Commissions:

Kinara Restaurant – Clontarf Road, Dublin, Ireland.

Milano – Clarion Quay, Dublin 3, Ireland.

Milano – The Corn Store, Galway City, Ireland

Milano – Cork City, Ireland.

Pizza Express – Lisburn Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Shay Dempsey at the Four Seasons Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland.

Zoo Hair Salon, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.

Monaghan Co. Council Head Office, Co. Monaghan, Ireland.

The Old Post Inn – Cloverhill, Co. Cavan, Ireland.

Tang Freres – Paris, France.

Riviera Radio – Monte Carlo, Monaco, France.

Skibbo Castle – Donarch, Scotland.

The Inner Perspective…

This work is a collective process of unconscious imagery. It is an impression of my recorded unconscious thoughts, through hypo-training and dream analysis. Most of our knowledge, skills and attitudes and training seems to be based on the idea of conscious learning.

However the reality is that unconscious learning takes place anyway, but in an unplanned manner.

The following work is an on-going investigation into the influences of everyday life and the media on my unconscious. It’s a semi-spontaneous response to remembered images of the unconscious mind.

The colourful diverse textural surfaces are loose and unordered. No brushes are used in the foreground; instead I use a pouring and running technique. This allows abstract forms and images to emerge and melt in the imagination. Ultimately, I’ll produce work that is a form of escapism from reality. I would like to think that when looking at this work the viewer would, (for
just a second or two) feel immersed in another colourful abstract dimension.

I started working on this project in February ’03 and it continues.