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Helen Dryden

Visual artist and curator

I work primarily in painting. I create in an expressive and instinctual way, combining objects, people and scenarios, both real and imagined. For subject matter I follow my wide ranging  interests including pop culture, folk horror, nature, science fiction, family, and everyday objects.

I was born in Middlesbrough and now live in Leeds, working from my studio at Sunny Bank Mills. My practice also involves curating, illustration and experimental film photography.

I studied BA (Hons) Graphic Arts and Design at Leeds Metropolitan University and MA Curation Practices at Leeds Arts University, and have a Foundation Degree from Cleveland College of Art.

I am the curator of Compact Contemporary gallery, a miniature art gallery which can be viewed on Instagram @compactcontemporary


Ship's Biscuit

Lessons in flag making

Plan for the Plaza, on Mars

We brought our Grandmas with us and they were revered

Official Commemorative Presidential Portrait with the first guys to piss on this dirt

Go tell it to the statues

Ice Stick

The Biologist

The splinter disintegrated into nothing


It started like any other recreational activity, I guess,

Keep your head up

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