Helen Sear

Overview

Helen Sear (b.1955) studied Fine Art at Reading University and the Slade School, University College London. Her work came to prominence in the 1991 British Council exhibition De-Composition: Constructed Photography in Britain, which toured extensively throughout Latin America and Eastern Europe.

Helen Sear’s work explores the materiality of vision, often combining hand drawn or erased elements with photography to disrupt the conventional fixed-point perspective associated with the medium. She also works with moving image and mixed media installations.

Sear was the first woman to represent Wales with a solo exhibition at the 56th Venice Biennale 2015.

Her works are in several private and public collection, including National Museum Wales, Glynn Vivian Museum and Gallery Swansea Wales, Ernst & Young, Victoria and Albert Museum, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Great Britain and the British Council.

Selected Works

Biography / CV

Helen Sear

Born in 1955, Wales, United Kingdom

EDUCATION
2009 PhD by publication University of Wales Newport
1981-1983 University College London Slade School, HDFA
1975-1979 University of Reading Fine Art Department, BA (hons) 1st Class

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018
Prospect – refuge – hazars 2, Hestercombe Gallery, Contemporary art in reclaimed spaces, Taunton Somerset, United Kingdom
Helen Sear ‘in conversation’ with Jonathan P. Watts, Dalby Forest, NorthYorkshire, United Kingdom
fascination, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2017
New Photographs​ : Klompching, New York

2015
…the rest is smoke ​: representing Wales at the 56th Venice Biennale

2014
Pastoral Monuments : ​Rencontres Internationales, Gaspésie, Canada

2013
Lure : ​Oriel Davies, Newtown, national touring exhibition

2012
Sightlines : ​Klompching Gallery New York USA
Beyond The View​, Bildkultur, Stuttgart

2011
Pond : ​Crescent Arts Scarborough

2010
Beyond The View​ : ​Klompching New York

2009
Beyond The View​ : ​Hoopers Gallery London
Display ​: g39, Cardiff
Inside The View : ​Klompching Gallery New York USA

2007
Plantasia :​ Locws 3. Swansea reference library.

2006
Gallery Harmonia :​ Jyvaskyla Finland

2005
Grounded : ​Leeds Metropolitan Gallery

2004
Inside the View :​ Le Parvis, Tarbes, France

2003
Grounded​ : Impressions Gallery, York
Spot​ : Yard Gallery, Nottingham
Hide​ : Ffotogallery Cardiff

2002
Light Seeking Transparency ​ArtLab 17, Imperial College, London

2000
The Whole Story : ​Maidstone Library and Museum
Solo Show​ : Zelda Cheatle Gallery London
Solo Show​ : Axel Thieme Galerie Darmstadt
Unsettlement :​ Zinc gallery, Stockholm

1999
Between There and Now​ : Impressions Gallery, York. Touring exhibition.
Twice…Once :​ Angel Row Nottingham

1998
Twice… Once :​ Anderson O’Day, London

1997
Unseen : ​Rack Gallery, London
Moments Apart : ​Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London

1994 – 96
Gone to Earth​ : John Hansard Gallery, Southampton; Portfolio Gallery, Edinburgh;
Ffotogallery, Cardiff; Montage Gallery, Derby

1992
Threshold : ​Gray Gallery, North Carolina, USA

1985
Between Us​ : Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

1983
Some kind of balance​ : Battersea Arts Centre, Women in Art Education Conference

1980
ICA Staircase Project, installation

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018
Women in Focus, National Museum Cardiff, Wales

2017
The Moon and a Smile​ : Glynn Vivian Museum and Art Gallery Swansea

2015
LOOK / 15 : ​Victoria Gallery and Museum Liverpool
Double Take: Photography and the Garden : ​Hestercombe Gallery Somerset
A selection of Pavilions : Artists of the Venice Biennale.​ Town Hall de’ Paauw, Wassenaar

2014
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition ​London
About Face : ​Klompching Gallery, New York

2012
A World Away : ​Dryham Park Gloucestershire
New Perspectives: Landscape Art in Wales since the 1970s : ​National Museum Wales
Hijacked 111 : ​Quad, Derby, ​Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Australia, ​
Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane ​ACP, Sydney

2011
Portmanteau : ​Halle 14 Leipzig
Paris Photo : ​Aperture Foundation New York
National Eisteddfod : ​Wrexham, Wales
Mostyn Open : ​Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno, Wales

2010
We Have The Mirrors, We Have The Plans ​: Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno, Wales
Nothing Is In The Place : ​Krakow (Photo month)

2009
(Not) a Photograph​ : Obaine Galerije Piran, Slovenia

2008
same as it ever was​ : Chelsea Future Space, London (catalogue)
The Change​ : KvadraT Gallery, St Petersburg, Russia

2007
Tamed and Framed : ​Harris Museum and Gallery, Preston

2006
Ayermanana​ : Faculty Fine Arts, Cuenca, Spain
Landed​ : FSM Gallery, Florence, Italy
Forest Dreaming :​ Institute for Contemporary Art in Nature
Z15 :​ Museum of Fine Arts, St Petersburg, Florida

2005
La Mirada Reflexiva :​ Espai D’Art Contemporani de Castellon, Spain
(with Robert Longo and Perejaume )

2004
About Face​ : Hayward Gallery, London
Je t’envisage, la disparition du portrait :​ Musée de L’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
Polaroid : ​39, London
Big Tits Rule​ : 1000,000 mph Project Space London

2003
Cara a Cara​, Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal
Photo Espagna​, Madrid, Spain

2002
Unscene :​ Gasworks, London
Soul Windows​ : Domo Baal, London

2001
Gone Missing​ : Frederieke Taylor Gallery, 535 West 22nd, New York.
Solid State​ : Kettles Yard, Cambridge

2000
Tierisch :​ Galerie Ahlers, Göttingen, Germany
UK Art 2000​ : Almstrasse Mitte, Berlin
Before Now…and After​ : The Clock House, Clerkenwell
The Wreck of Hope​ : Nunnery Gallery, London
Group show​ : Axel Thieme Galerie, Darmstadt
Chora​ : Underwood Street, London

1999
Beweise einer Existenz​ : Kunstraum Siegert, Basel, Switzerland

1998
Here to Stay​ : Arts Council of England purchases from the 1990’s
Other Worldly​ : Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London
Inside​ : Artlab project at Imperial College, London

1997
A Quality of Light​ : Office of Art project, Tate Gallery, St. Ives

1996
Myth & Landscape​ : Delphi, Greece (commissioned)

1995
Blindfield​ : Coventry Gallery, London

1994
Lustre​ : Tower Bridge Piazza, London

1993
Arte E Altro​ : Giovanni Artisti, Rome, Italy (catalogue)
Full Circle​ : Mostra British School at Rome (catalogue)
Photographs​ : Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London
Moments of Capture​ : 2 person show, Museum of Modern Art, Skopje, Macedonia
Writing and Difference : ​Galerie B, Istanbul (catalogue)
Indivisible​ : Valencia, Spain and Southampton City Art Gallery

1992
Volcano : ​Oriel, Cardiff (catalogue); Street Level Gallery, Glasgow
Once Removed​ : Anderson O’Day Gallery, London (two person show)

1991
Pivot​ : Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno and Philadelphia (catalogue)
Barrage​ : Ffotogallery, Cardiff
A Place for Art​ : The Showroom, London
Decomposition : ​Constructed British Photography: British Council touring Latin America
(catalogue)

1990
Summer Show :​ Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London

1989
Greenhouse/Yellow Lemon : ​Two installations in collaboration with Sharon Morris –
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff; Spacex, Exeter; Chisenhale Gallery, London
Late Night Window Shopping​ : Roath Park Greenhouse, Cardiff

1988
Transformations​ : Chapter Arts Centre Cardiff

1987
In Perpetuity​ : ‘New Arts Consort’

1986
Eight Days​ : Midland Group, Nottingham; Zap Club, Brighton

1985
Diving for Pearls and Playing with Fire​ : National Film Festival
After a Fashion​ : Camerawork, London

1984
Stress Redress​ : London Film-Makers Co-op, Arts Council

1982
The Power and the Glory​ : ICA Young Contemporaries

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Al Dabbah Group. Arts Council of Wales. Arts Council of Great Britain. British Council. British Council, Rome. British Telecom. Bupa. Department of Trade and Industry. Ernst & Young. Glynn Vivian Museum and Gallery Swansea Wales. National Museum Wales. Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery. Manfred Heiting. Collection Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Paul Wilson Collection. Reader’s Digest Collection. South Glamorgan County Council. Tetrapak. Texaco Collection. Unilever. Victoria and Albert Museum – Z Portfolio. Virgin Communications Collection

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
2014 Selected to represent Wales at the 56th Venice Biennale 2015
2013 The Wakelin Award for video Chameleon: contemporary art collection Glyn Vivian Art
Gallery and Museum
2012 Inside The View nominated for best international photography book at Photo Espagna
2011 Joint first prize Visual Art at National Eisteddfod
2011 Major Creative Wales Award, Arts Council Wales
2004 Arts Council and University of Sunderland International Photography Fellowship,
Jyvaskyla Finland
1996 Artist in Residence, Electronic Imaging, Oxford Brookes University
1993 Abbey Awardee, British School at Rome

BIBLIOGRAPHY & REVIEWS
2015
…the rest is smoke: monograph published by Ffotogallery, Cardiff / Wales in Venice
‘Perspectives on Place: Theory and practise in landscape photography’ J.A.P. Alexander,
Bloomsbury Publishing, London

2013
Brisées: Bookwork published by GOST

2012
Inside the View: monograph published by Ffotogallery, Cardiff
Hijacked 3, Australia/United Kingdom, Big City Press, Western Australia

2011
Aperture, May 2011, with text by Jason Evans

2010
The New Yorker : May 24th Vince Aletti

2009
Portfolio: 50th edition
Frieze: http://www.frieze.com/shows/review/helen_sear/
Hotshoe International: Peggy Roalf
Tale Bookwork published by g39 Cardiff. Text David Chandler.

2006
Face. The New Photographic Portrait. Thames and Hudson
Stilled. published by IRIS and Ffotogallery

2005
Photoworks Journal Autumn /Winter 2005-2006. Text David Campany
Work in Progress Published by IPRN

2003
Masquerade Published by Ffotogallery. Text Caryn Faure Walker
Guardian review ‘Beauty and the beast’, Alfred Hickling August 21st
Spot; published by Yard Gallery text: Stuart Cameron
Art Monthly (November) Martin Herbert

2002
“Natural’s Not in It” John Slyce Portfolio no. 35

2001
Twice published by Zelda Cheatle Press essays by David Bate and Sharon Morris
“Solid State” Kettles Yard Cambridge

2000
The Whole Story: Published by Photoworks.
Hotshoe International May/June Jean Wainwright.

1999
Public Sightings Cornerhouse Publications
BJP 18.8.99 Grace Lau interview
“Chora” catalogue. Sue Hubbard and Simon Morley
Contemporary Visual Art No 24. Hugh Stoddart.

1998
“Here to stay: Arts Council Collection purchases of the 1990’s” catalogue;
Hayward Gallery Publishing Ltd, London
Art Monthly No.216 Valerie Reardon
Contemporary Visual Arts Issue 17. Sue Hubbard

1997
Time Out Nov 12th Martin Herbert
Art Newspaper, June Richard Prinsent
Time Out, June 11th-18th Sue Hubbard.

1995
Coil – Journal of the moving image, no. 2
Portfolio magazine No 22. Caryn Faure Walker
Creative Camera, Russell Roberts
“Untitled”, Stuart Cameron
A & D “The Contemporary Sublime” A & D “The Photographic Image”
“Gone to Earth” John Hansard Gallery Southampton

1993
Creative Camera, CC25
Arts Review, January (Critics Choice)
City Limits, 7th January, Robin Dutt
Time Out, 30th December to 6th January, Sarah Kent

1992
Women’s Press Diary
Art Vu, Contemporary South Eastern Visual Arts, vol. 6 U.S.A

1991
Creative Camera, CC12, Carol McKay

1989
Arts Review, July

1980
Flash Art (Britain), no 100 Marc Chaimowicz