Paul Helliwell’s work attempts to place the self within the sensual and material energies of picture making. Helliwell plays with our expectations concerning the believability and sincerity of an image; for example he uses languages that collide and emphasise the painting’s synthetic and surface qualities.
His work is a source of freedom and pleasure that transcends the emotional pain of contemporary life. He does not seek an esoteric escape from reality, but to locate the self in a moment of becoming. This ‘all inclusive’ moment is an accumulation of all that goes into the work; it is how physicality and presence is achieved. He engages the subconscious to bring past experiences into the present and manifest emotional intent.
Paul Helliwell won the East of England Award at the National Open Art Competition in 2010, he has showed in the UK and Europe.