The ‘Art Wars 9’ exhibition presents new and existing star wars inspired art by artists including Mr Brainwash, Alison Jackson, Hayden Kays, UnSkilled Worker, Nettie Wakefield, Ben Eine, Philip Colbert, Bran Symondson, Joe Rush, Stuart Semple and Schoony.
Artists have been provided with a Star Wars Stormtrooper helmet, with the brief of transforming it into a piece of art: ‘Turning the Dark Side onto the Art Side’. The exhibiton also includes Star Wars inspired paintings and drawings.
‘Art Wars 9’ opens at London’s Old Brompton Gallery, Kensington on Thursday 12th December with a private view 6 – 9pm followed up with another celebratory event a week later to coincide with the cinema release of Star Wars 9 on 19th December.
Art Wars is curated by Ben Moore and will raise funds for the Missing Tom Fund which Moore set up to support the search for his brother Tom who has been missing since 2003.
In conversation with the wonderful Katy Hessel, art historian, curator and founder of The Great Women Artists. @thegreatwomenartists
In Episode 09 of The Great Women Artists Podcast, Katy Hessel interviews the brilliant London-based artist, Helen Downie, who goes under the guise of UNSKILLED WORKER!
A self-taught artist who first started painting aged 48 a mere six years ago, Unskilled Worker rose to prominence after posting her work online (instagram.com/unskilledworker), amassing nearly 300,000 Instagram followers, which led to designing collections for Gucci, and exhibiting at museums all over the world.
Known for her intensely vibrant and poetic dreamlike canvases full of her very personal portrayals of people – from those in her imagination, to those who feature in her past and present – Unskilled Worker draws the viewer into a highly atmospheric world of childlike innocence.
In this episode we discuss the artist’s lifelong fascination with people; what led her to pick up a paintbrush age 48; picking up her subjects where she left off aged 14; painting Oscar Wilde to Radclyffe Hall; and how she learnt to live life as a painter – as well as dealing with such a dominant internet presence.
It was an honour to interview the great painter, who also speaks very movingly about dealing with grief through painting – and how occasionally, those from her past who may have got lost along the way, appear on the page in front of her.
12 artists celebrate the 50th anniversary
of the moon landing at July fair
4-7 July 2019
The Crossing, King’s Cross, London N1C 4AA
The Other Art Fair hosted by Saatchi Art will present a unique exhibition to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing in July 1969.
ONE SMALL STEP is a unique exhibition featuring 12 leading artists – in-line with the 12 men who have walked on the moon since 1969 – who will each transform an astronaut helmet into a work of art.
Participating artists include Anish Kapoor, Joana Vasconcelos, Alison Jackson, D*Face, Mr. Brainwash, Bran Symondson, UnSKilled Worker, Philip Colbert, Hayden Kays, Ben Eine, Dan Baldwin and Chris Levine.
Curated by Ben Moore, all proceeds from the sale of the One Small Step helmets via Paddle8 online auction will go to MAG (Mines Advisory Group) whose mission is to clear landmines and unexploded bombs from conflict-affected communities, where one small step can be the difference between life and death.
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_
14 Feb 2019 — 01 Sep 2019
‘I draw’ exhibition at D MUSEUM Seoul
Commission for the Soho House Art Collection in downtown LA.
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.
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.
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
I think I’m always trying to get back to my childhood; to get back to the wonder I felt as a seven year old and to take people with me…
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.