Helena Orlowski

Helena Orlowski

Helena Orlowski is an artist / printmaker working from her studio in rural Herefordshire.  Her work engages both ‘alchemy’ and ‘spirits’ in the age old and new traditions of print. Her work covers a broad spectrum – from mythological beings, interpretive landscapes, political commentary and the nude.
As a Polish-Canadian growing up in Toronto she was surrounded by a culture of global politics, and of course, the huge Canadian outback. In the mid-70’s she trained as an artist at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto; during this time also working at St. Michael’s Printshop south of St. John’s, and Newfoundland became a passion.
It was no surprise that post-graduate studies followed at the Warsaw Akademy of Fine Arts in Poland where she stayed a further 3 years.
With military law in Poland imminent she returned to London completing a PGCE at the Institute of Education and began a varied career in art, special education and rehabilitative work.
Helena continued to develop her personal art throughout, working on her press at home and contributing through h.Art Open Studio, group exhibitions and sales in local galleries. She is now mostly found in her studio at Chetwynd.

Printmaking has always been her main medium, in particular the intaglio, the mono-print and the reduction lino.  Each fulfils a very different need. The exacting nature of the intaglio print demands the staged approach and unravels slowly. The mono-print has that painterly quality demanding a spontaneity in its execution. The reduction lino insists bold rendering and colour glamour. What is shared by all is the element of surprise when you pull the print.