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Dreamscapes And The Definite Courtesy Of Unskilled Worker

London based artist, Unskilled Worker a.k.a. Helen Downie specializes in the beguiling.As the name suggests, she’s not a formally trained artist, instead, she’s all about instinct. Her intuitive nature takes her to mediums such as chalk, inks, biro pens as well as dead pens (they’re perfect for carving into the canvas), and colors too that have an innate narrative. It’s thought that Nick Knight first picked up on Downie’s work via Instagram, the platform of choice for artists nowadays. And what special work it is. Found at the intersection of the dream and the definite, undoubtedly, there’s a magnetic quality to Downie’s pieces.

There’s also a beautiful darkness behind her vibrant inks. Expect a melee of ethereality, innocence, inherent flow and instinct that all come together in a spectacular fashion to influence and form her work

An interview with the lovely @FelicityCarter_

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Soho House Art Collection

Commission for the Soho House Art Collection in downtown LA.

Sarabande Foundation

Art in the Digital Era | Unskilled Worker, Henry Stanford, Variable & Karinna Nobbs

Technology is playing a fundamental role in today’s creative practice. Through the eyes of some of London’s most pioneering artists we’re going to find out, is this good, bad or ugly?

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Frieze Academy

A unique programme of talks, conversations and short courses exploring all aspects of the worlds of art and culture.

Speakers will include experts from organizations including the Design Museum, experienced arts and fashion digital media specialists, as well as artists Quentin Jones and Unskilled Worker – who bridge both the art and fashion worlds.

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The Art Gorgeous

TAMING The Monkey Mind – An interview with Art Gorgeous

When Helen Downie (b.1965), who goes by the artist name Unskilled Worker, picked up her pencil and paintbrush after over thirty years of absence, she did not expect anything to come of it. Now, five years later, she has a following on Instagram of 280,000, a successful collaboration with one of the world’s biggest fashion houses, Gucci, and has her artwork shown in exhibitions around the world. Her story sounds like a fairytale, but – like reality – it is much more complex than that. It is a story of love and loss, of addiction and life’s struggles, about trying to keep it together, and listening to an inner calling.


AnOther Magazine

Unskilled Worker on Instagram, Authenticity and Radclyffe Hall

We speak to the artist as a new collection of her works goes on display at Art Central Hong Kong

An interview with the lovely Lara Monro for AnOther Magazine

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Urban Act

A film by Urban Act showing the installation of the Paris art posters…

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Downie, who makes art under the disarming moniker Unskilled Worker, operates in a sensitive register not typically associated with the global fashion industry at large, where glamor and sex are used to sell, not artistic quirk. But it’s exactly that aesthetic that charmed Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele so thoroughly that he decided to create his latest capsule collection with the mysterious artist.

An interview with artnet a leading online resource for the international art market 

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AnOther Magazine

The Whimsical Artist Behind Gucci’s New Capsule Collection

We sit down with Unskilled Worker to discover the places that inspire her evocative practice.

British artist Helen Downie, who works under the moniker Unskilled Worker, creates whimsical painted worlds filled with wide-eyed protagonists, animals and flowers, all rendered with a delightful attention to pattern, texture and colour. Her work is nostalgic yet contemporary, complex yet childlike, and above all intriguing.

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An interview with the artist behind the new collection.

To mark the collection’s release, Gucci commissioned Dazed Media Studio to create a film featuring Downie and shot by photographic duo Hill & Aubrey.

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The Sunday Times Style Magazine

If Downie is already a big deal to a certain switched-on audience, then she is about to get even bigger: the new 40-piece collection brings together one of the fashion world’s favourite artists (her) and the most talked-about brand of the moment (Gucci). The two have history..

An interview with Laura Atkinson

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The Architects Of Time: Helen Downie

The Architects Of Time: Helen Downie

Filmed and directed by Kinvara Balfour for Vanity Fair and UBS- UNLIMITED 

As the twenty-first century unfolds, so does the realisation that we have less time than ever to stand and stare. How can, and should, our society and economy best use its time? It’s to this question that Vanity Fair and UNLIMITED have turned their attention, presenting five individuals each thinking blue-sky about time, and what it means for them.

The Creators Project

Creators is VICE’s arts and culture platform and was launched to showcase creative talents discovered or championed by Vice.

Thrilled to be approached by J.H.Fearless for Vice’s Creators Project.

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Hong Kong’s Qube at PMQ

A MAGAZINE curated by Alessandro Michele featuring Petra Collins opens at Hong Kong’s Qube at PMQ and runs until 26 March 2017. Delighted that three of my artworks included in the exhibition, curated by Dan Thawley. The exhibition will travel to Beijing and Taipei after Hong Kong.

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A Magazine Curated By

Featured in the 16th edition of A Magazine Curated By, a Paris-based bi-annual fashion and art magazine.

This landmark issue unfolds over 280 pages of exclusive content developed by Alessandro Michele, preserving the ‘carte blanche’ free-reign concept devised by Walter Van Beirendonck in 2001. An unprecedented cast of international contributors were invited to express their creative perspective on a theme dear to Michele’s heart; each were offered the words ‘blind for love’ as the starting point for over forty distinct narratives that unfold throughout.

Contributors in alphabetical order:

Annie Leibovitz, Ari Marcopoulos, Arianne Phillips, Bruce Weber, Catherine Opie, Chloë Sevigny, Christopher Simmonds, Cindy Sherman, Coco Capitán, Dakota Johnson, David Sims, Exactitudes, Fatima Ronquillo, Federico De Vera, Florence Welch, Frances Wilks, Gia Coppola, Giovanni Attili, Glen Luchford, Grace Coddington, Hannelore Knuts, Hari Nef, Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Jacqui Getty, Jared Leto, Jerry Stafford, Joe McKenna, John Currin, Justin Vivian Bond, Katerina Jebb, Madonna, Mariangela Gualtieri, Maripol, Matthieu Salvaing, Max Pearmain, Nan Goldin, Nick Waplington, Nicolas Alan Cope, Paolo Di Paolo, Paul Hanlon, Petra Collins, Philip Mould, Ricky Saiz, Rowan Blanchard, Ryan McGinley, Steven Klein, Tara St Hill, Tavi Gevinson, Terry Richardson, Unskilled Worker, Venetia Scott, Yadim, Zara Mirkin.

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