Tyga Helme [ - Present ]

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Trained at Edinburgh College of Art and The Royal Drawing School in London, where she won the Machin Foundation Prize, Tyga uses nature as a metaphor for feelings of being overwhelmed. She couples minute observation of the teeming forest floor – where the emerald green of a bramble leaf sits in stark juxtaposition to an array of cold blue silver leaves – with the flux and movement of unceasing growth. She switches from the micro to macro and a particularly favourite subject is a clump of Douglas firs near where she lives which she views from underneath, highlighting their dark and jagged canopy against the azure sky.

‘The untidy areas are the exciting bits,’ says Tyga who lives on the Wiltshire Downs where she seeks out the uncultivated corners of fields or patches of woodland floor to paint. ‘Things really do spring up in one day and everything constantly shifts around,’ she says. ‘Grasses and brambles make way

for animals; a shoot is there one day and gone the next because an animal has eaten it. A mushroom suddenly appears from nowhere. Everything is in a relationship with everything else.’

A rising star in the new British Landscape movement her works embodies an awakening to the importance of the ground beneath our feet.

Although Tyga lives and works in the UK she won an Erasmus scholarship to study at the L’Ecole Nationale Superieue des Arts Decoratifs in Strasbourg and for more than a year taught at the International Institute for Arts, Modinagar in India.

Her work is held in held in a number of important collections including the Royal Collection.

Exhibitions

Upcoming

‘Bucolia’ Blue Shop Cottage

‘Forces of Nature’ Glyndebourne

2021

‘Unkempt’ Messums Wiltshire

‘Inside|Outside’ Janet Rady

2020

‘50 x 50’ The Auction Collective

‘Avoiding the Hodgepodge’ Crean and Company

‘On the Strangest Sea’The Violet Hour

‘All These Gestures’ Bowes-Parris

‘On Paper’ On Paper Gallery

‘Sky So Close’ Blue Shop Cottage, London

‘A Dream is not a Dream’ Purslane

‘Reaction in Seclusion’ Reaction

‘The Birds are Singing in the Distant Woods’ The Violet Hour

RI Painters in Watercolours, Mall Galleries

Derwent Art Prize, Oxo Tower Wharf

2019

Forton Fine Art, Hampshire

Royal Institute of Watercolours, Mall Galleries, London

Auction Collective, Menier Gallery, London

Pastel Society Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

2018

CAS, London

Salon 63, London

Draw, Mandells Gallery, Norwich

Fresh Paint, London

Mylo, Hampshire

OM New Contemporaries,Marlborough

Forton Fine Art, Stockbridge

The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

Drawings from Le Mepris, Piccadilly Arcade, London

Extraordinary Sketchbooks, Mount House Gallery, Marlborough

2017

Artreach, Bikaner House, Delhi

CAS,London

Turmeric: Four British Artists in India, Daniel Raphael Gallery, London

Residency, Sanskriti Kendra, Delhi

2016

Breathe In Residency Show, Sevenoaks School, Kent

Lynne Painter-Stainers Prize, Mall Galleries, London

Sevenoaks IB, The Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf, London

Drawings from the Royal Drawing School, Christie’s, New York

2015  

Drawing In, Mount House Gallery, Marlborough

Marking Spaces, St Peter’s Mission Hall, London

Drawn from the Fleming Collection, The Fleming Collection, London

The Moving Space Between, London Morgan,  London