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

Born in 1955, Wales, United Kingdom.

 

EDUCATION

2009 – PhD by publication University of Wales Newport, United Kingdom

1981-1983 – University College London Slade School, HDFA, United Kingdom

1975-1979 – University of Reading Fine Art Department, BA (hons) 1st Class, United Kingdom

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019

A Hiding Place in Waking Dreams, Pennings Foundation, Eindhoven, Sweden

 

2018

Prospect refuge hazard 1, Dalby Forest, Ryedale Folk Museum, Crescent Arts, United Kingdom

Prospect refuge hazard 2, Hestercombe House Taunton, Somerset, United Kingdom

Fascination, Martin Asbæk Gallery, København, Denmark

 

2017

New Photographs​ : Klompching, New York, United States

 

2015

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

 

2014

Pastoral Monuments : ​Rencontres Internationales, Gaspésie, Canada

 

2013

Lure, ​Oriel Davies, National Touring Exhibition, Newton, United Kingdom

 

2012

Sightlines, ​Klompching Gallery, New York, United States

Beyond The View​, BildKultur, Stuttgart, Germany

 

2011

Pond, ​Crescent Arts, Scarborough, United Kingdom

 

2010

Beyond The View​, ​Klompching, New York, United States

 

2009

Beyond The View​, ​Hoopers Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Display, g39, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Inside The View, Klompching Gallery, New York, United States

 

2007

Plantasia, LOCWS International, Sweansea, United Kingdom

 

2006

Inside the View, Gallery Harmonia, Jyvaskyla, Finland

 

2005

Grounded, ​Leeds Metropolitan Gallery, Leeds, United Kingdom

 

2004

Inside the View, Le Parvis, Tarbes, France

 

2003

Grounded​, Impressions Gallery, Bradford, United Kingdom

Spot​, Yard Gallery, Nottingham, United Kingdom

Hide​, Ffotogallery, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

 

2002

Light Seeking Transparency ​ArtLab 17, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom

 

2000

The Whole Story, Maidstone Library and Museum, Maidstone, United Kingdom

Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Axel Thieme Galerie, Darmstadt, Germany

Unsettlement, Zinc gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

 

1999

Between There and Now​, Impressions Gallery, Bradford, United Kingdom

Twice… Once, Angel Row, Nottingham, United Kingdom

 

1998

Twice… Once, Anderson O’Day, London, United Kingdom

 

1997

Unseen, ​Rack Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Moments Apart, Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London, United Kingdom

 

1994 – 96

Gone to Earth​: John Hansard Gallery, Southampton; Portfolio Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland;

Ffotogallery, Cardiff, Wales; Montage Gallery, Derby, United Kingdom

 

1992

Threshold, Gray Gallery, North Carolina, United States

 

1985

Between Us​, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

 

1983

Some kind of balance​, Battersea Arts Centre, Women in Art Education Conference, Battersea, United Kingdom

 

1980

ICA Staircase Project, installation, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, United Kingdom

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019

Is This Planet Earth?, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Silent Green, Villa Renata, Basel, Switzerland

IN VIVO Tempo, Nooderlicht House of Photography, Groningen, the Netherlands

 

2018

Galerie Pennings, Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Is This Planet Earth? Ty Pawr Wrexham, Aberyatwyth Arts Centre, Wales, United Kingdom

Women in Focus, National Museum Wales, Wales, United Kingdom

 

2017

[AN-]SICHTENVOM UMGANG MIT DER WIRKLICHKEIT, DZ BANK Kunstsammlung, Frankfurt, Germany

The Moon and a Smile​: Glynn Vivian Museum and Art Gallery Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

 

2015

LOOK / 15: ​Victoria Gallery and Museum, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Double Take: Photography and the Garden, ​Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset, United Kingdom

A selection of Pavilions: Artists of the Venice Biennale. ​ Town Hall de’ Paauw, Wassenaar, the Netherlands

 

2014

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, ​London, United Kingdom

About Face, ​Klompching Gallery, New York, United States

 

2012

A World Away, ​Dyrham Park Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

New Perspectives: Landscape Art in Wales since the 1970s, ​National Museum Wales, United Kingdom

Hijacked 111, ​Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, ​Griffith University Art Gallery, Australia

 

2011

Portmanteau, ​Halle 14, Leipzig, Germany

Paris Photo, Aperture Foundation, New York, United States

National Eisteddfod, ​Wrexham, Wales, United Kingdom

Mostyn Open : ​Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno, Wales, United Kingdom

 

2010

We Have The Mirrors, We Have The Plans ​: Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno, Wales, United Kingdom

Nothing Is In The Place, ​Photo Month, Krakow, Poland

 

2008/2009

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

 

2008

same as it ever was​, Chelsea Future Space, London, United Kingdom

The Change​, KvadraT Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

2007

Tamed and Framed, ​Harris Museum and Gallery, Preston, United Kingdom

 

2006

Ayermanana​, Faculty Fine Arts, Cuenca, Spain

Landed​, FSM Gallery, Florence, Italy

Forest Dreaming, ​ Institute for Contemporary Art in Nature, London, Englnd

Z15, Museum of Fine Arts, St Petersburg, Florida, United States

 

2005

La Mirada Reflexiva with Robert Longo and Perejaume,​ Espai D’Art Contemporani de Castellon, Castelló, Spain

 

2004

About Face​, Hayward Gallery, London

Je t’envisage, la disparition du portrait,​ Musée de L’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerlandm Polaroid : ​39, London

Big Tits Rule​, 1000,000 mph Project Space, London, United Kingdom

 

2003

Cara a Cara​, Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal

Photo Espana​, Madrid, Spain

 

2002

Unscene,​ Gasworks, London, United Kingdom

Soul Windows​, Domo Baal, London, United Kingdom

 

2001

Gone Missing​, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York, United States

Solid State​, Kettles Yard, Cambridge, United Kingdom

 

2000

Tierisch, Galerie Ahlers, Göttingen, Germany

UK Art 2000​, Almstrasse Mitte, Berlin, Germany

Before Now…and After​, The Clock House, Clerkenwell, United Kingdom

The Wreck of Hope​, Nunnery Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Group show​, Axel Thieme Galerie, Darmstadt, Germany

Chora​, Underwood Street, London, United Kingdom

 

1999

Beweise einer Existenz​, Kunstraum Siegert, Basel, Switzerland

 

1998

Here to Stay​, Arts Council of England purchases from the 1990’s, London, United Kingdom

Other Worldly​, Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Inside​, Artlab project at Imperial College, London, United Kingdom

 

1997

A Quality of Light​, Office of Art project, Tate Gallery, St. Ives, United Kingdom

 

1996

Myth & Landscape​ (commissioned), Delphi, Greece

 

1995

Blindfield​, Coventry Gallery, London, United Kingdom

 

1994

Lustre​, Tower Bridge Piazza, London, United Kingdom

 

1993

Arte E Altro​, Giovanni Artisti, Rome, Italy

Full Circle​, Mostra British School at Rome, Italy

Photographs​, Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Moments of Capture​, 2 person show, Museum of Modern Art, Skopje, Macedonia

Writing and Difference, ​Galerie B, Istanbul, Turkey

Indivisible​, Valencia, Spain and Southampton City Art Gallery, United Kingdom

 

1992

Volcano, Oriel, Cardiff (catalogue); Street Level Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Once Removed​, Anderson O’Day Gallery, London, United Kingdom

 

1991

Pivot​, Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno and Philadelphia, United States

Barrage​, Ffotogallery, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

A Place for Art​, The Showroom, London, United Kingdom

Decomposition, ​Constructed British Photography: British Council touring Latin America

 

1990

Summer Show,​ Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London, United Kingdom

 

1989

Greenhouse/Yellow Lemon, ​two installations in collaboration with Sharon Morris, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff; Spacex, Exeter; Chisenhale Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Late Night Window Shopping​, Roath Park Greenhouse, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

 

1988

Transformations​, Chapter Arts Centre Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

 

1987

In Perpetuity​, ‘New Arts Consort’

 

1986

Eight Days​, Midland Group, Nottingham; Zap Club, Brighton, United Kingdom

 

1985

Diving for Pearls and Playing with Fire​, National Film Festival, London, United Kingdom

After a Fashion​, Camerawork, London, United Kingdom

 

1984

Stress Redress​, London Film-Makers Co-op, Arts Council, London, United Kingdom

 

1982

The Power and the Glory​, ICA Young Contemporaries, London, United Kingdom

 

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, Swansea, United Kingdom

2012 – Inside the View nominated for best international photography book at Photo Espana, Spain

2011 – Joint first prize Visual Art at National Eisteddfod, Wales, United Kingdom

2011 – Major Creative Wales Award, Arts Council Wales, United Kingdom

2004 – Arts Council and University of Sunderland International Photography Fellowship, Jyvaskyla, Finland

1996 – Artist in Residence, Electronic Imaging, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, United Kingdom

1993 – Abbey Awardee, British School at Rome, Rome, Italy