Helen McCusker


Helen McCusker's bold and vibrant compositions concern themselves with the fragile interrelationships between living things, their environment and the concept of time. The foundation of McCusker's practice is characterised by abstract gestural strokes, which visibly vary in pace and style. Some paintings are more energetic in nature, incorporating larger and busier strokes of colour, whereas others are more meditative and allude to a wiser and more responsible period in human life. The artist's oeuvre is inspired by the great Alan Watts who once said, 'paradoxical as it may seem, the purposeful life has no content, no point. It hurries on and on, and misses everything. Not hurrying, the purposeless life misses nothing, for it is only when there is no goal and no rush that the human senses are fully open to receive the world.' Such words have ever been more prevalent during this present era where time is fleeting constantly.


McCusker (b. 1991, County Armagh, Ireland) has exhibited her works in numerous sell-out shows, including: Group show, 2022 at Nadia Waterfield Fine Art, London; Arorax, 2021 at Arora Space, London; Kind Regards, 2021 at SET Artists Collective, London; and Bed Bath and Beyond, 2020 and Hags, 2019 at Virtually Real, Brooklyn, New York. The artist is in the process of creating new works for other shows scheduled to open this and next year.