Three local artists featured in our Spring issue draw inspiration from the natural world to create pieces that explore important and universal themes of identity and human emotion. Line and colour are central to the stories these artists tell — each in their own way.
Helen van Stolk
Helen van Stolk began her career as an artist in 2008 after working for many years in retail property. Since then, she has explored with colour and style through her art, drawing inspiration from her contemporaries and finding ways to use figure and abstraction in her work.
Helen’s work has been exhibited at a number of spaces, including The Bay Hotel, the Cape Gallery and Red the Gallery, as well as multiple times at Kirstenbosch, and she has also been featured in a number of magazine publications. She has won numerous awards for her work and was also awarded the Fellowship of the South African Society of Artists.
Helen’s work seeks to provoke emotion, and she believes that much can be expressed through colour, line and shape. She uses a range of materials to create her pieces, including acrylic, oil and collage.
Helen’s work can be found at the StateoftheART Gallery in Buitenkant Street, Cape Town.