In a Rush to do Nothing: Karnik Gallery x Women Artists' Art Week London - 12 Hay Hill

8 - 15 June 2022

Karnik Gallery is pleased to present In a Rush to do Nothing, a solo-exhibition of new works by the British-Irish artist, Helen McCusker. The show will open with a reception on Friday June 10th from 6:30 - 8:00 PM, followed by a breakfast and artist talk on Monday June 13th from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM. This is the artist's first exhibition with the gallery and has been selected to represent Karnik Gallery in Women Artists' Art Week's inaugural initiative.


After attending Camberwell College of Art in London, McCusker went onto work internationally at the highest level of modelling, collaborating with brands such as Chanel and Hermès. Her career consisted of her travelling between major fashion cities, before settling in Brooklyn, New York City; where she discovered her passion for painting. What started with evening classes at the New York Academy of Art rapidly evolved into a fully fledged career, dedicating her practice to developing a unique style of her own. Picture editor, Alex Wheeler, describes her works as 'whimsical and full of expression. Helen's paintings respond to observations of organic forms, through gestures that show, unfettered awareness and intuition, she creates scenes that show divine imperfection. The amalgamation of her thoughts and inspirations will guide the viewer on a sublime journey that celebrates the joys and woes of the world.' 

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.

Helen 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.