Artist’s work accepted for major London exhibition

Artist Helen Hunt, who has had a piece of work accepted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Artist Helen Hunt, who has had a piece of work accepted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

AN ARTIST has had a piece of her work accepted into the prestigious Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London.

Helen Hunt, who is based in St Leonards, entered two pieces into the exhibition, and both were shortlisted.

The work that is to be hung in the exhibition to run from June 10 to August 18, is Red Underwing Moth (Catocala nupta), a mixed media drawing on an antiquarian book cover.

Helen said: “I was delighted to have both my pictures, that I entered into the exhibition, short-listed and thrilled to have one of them hung.

“It is really exciting to think that my work is hung in such a prestigious gallery alongside that of high profile artists such as Anselm Keiffer, Grayson Perry and Anish Kapoor.

“I use antiquarian books as a source for surfaces on which to paint and draw, either using the pages, endpapers or book cover.

Most of the books I use were made by hand, in the days of Queen Victoria. They date from an era when there was a keen interest in lepidoptera and collections of moths displayed in mahogany and glass cabinets were popular. “

After doing a degree in Graphic Design, specialising in Illustration, Helen trained as a teacher and worked in a primary school for twenty years. She gave it up three years ago to pursue her passion for art, and has exhibited in several galleries and spaces around Hastings and St Leonards.

The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition which is now in its 245th year is the largest open-submission exhibition in the World and attracts almost 200,000 visitors each year.

Visit www.royalacademy.org.uk.