In the Press **** Helen Glassford

July 3, 2019

Art North

There's been a lot of press coverage in the build up to Helen Glassford's solo Exhibition Immerse. Ian Mackay editor at Art North magazine interviewed Helen in her studio which resulted in an interesting article in the June edition. He followed this up with a blog post about the show which can be seen on his website here. We are thrilled at the support and backing that this exhibition has attracted.

The Times

Giles Sutherland from the Times gave the show a 4 star rating.

"There is a famous romantic myth surrounding the artist JMW Turner who claimed, in 1842, to have lashed himself to a ship’s mast in a storm to more fully experience and capture the very essence of nature at its most extreme. The contemporary painter Helen Glassford cites Turner (the show’s title is one such clue) among her artistic progenitors.

Some of these are referenced explicitly: one oil is titled By the Sea (Minus the Monk, after Friedrich), which recalls the great German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich and his work, Monk by the Sea, completed in 1810. Although Glassford’s painting is much smaller than the Friedrich its colours, tonal qualities, energy and subject matter all point to her distant predecessor, with one exception: like all her paintings By the Sea is utterly devoid of human presence. Conceived in isolation, like many here, in the more remote parts of Scotland, Glassford’s work also points to another literary and artistic concept, that of the sublime, in which the seemingly ordinary is elevated to a position of special significance.

However, these are not images of or about landscape or seascape where specific location and topography is a key element; they are, rather, about the feeling the landscape generates in the artist, which is then reflected back to the viewer.

Glassford describes her work as “a balancing act of memory and emotion” but says that “to romanticise the landscape, would be an injustice”. These are powerful works, full of heartfelt passion, craft, skill and integrity." June 2019

The Herald by Jan Patience