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The Artist

About Charley Hellier

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Charley Hellier is an artist informed by her surroundings: namely the wild and changeable landscape of the Yorkshire Moors. Now residing in York, UK, she was born in Exeter, Devon in 1981. Her family soon moved to the dour former mining town of Tyldesley, Lancashire, where she spent her childhood. Art, literature and music were always important to her and she immersed herself in all the creative subjects with great passion. She also developed a keen interest in environmental issues and nature, spending time whenever possible walking over the fields near her family home, peering into streams and ponds, cloud gazing, star gazing and learning about plants and trees. She was, and still is, an expert daydreamer.

In 2000, Charley ‘defected’ to Yorkshire to study English and Philosophy at the University of Leeds and then completed a second degree in Film & Moving Image Production at the Northern Film School.

She felt that film was the combination of all her creative passions: while at film school, she made experimental short films and animations, a couple of which were even nominated for awards, and then went on to have a successful career in post production for film and television, as a visual effects compositor, editor, colourist and graphic artist.

In 2016, Charley and Rob, her partner, had a daughter called Rowan, named for her favourite tree. She took a huge step back from the film and television industry and realised how disillusioned she had become with her work. She had lost that spark of passion. Coming back to painting in 2019, she finally realised what had been missing. It was the freedom to create, on her terms and with her own expression. It had always been painting. It was always there: through school, through her student years when she was painting cubist murals on walls. Through literature, folklore and Anglo Saxon stories, through philosophy, through early and modern music, through history, through filmmaking, graphics and visual effects, colourist work and back to her paints, her brushes and her hands.

Charley first exhibited in Created in York in 2021. Last year, her work was in two galleries: Art Unlimited (Dorset) and Northlight 31 (Leeds). She was a finalist in Art Unlimited’s Open Art Competition and her work was included in the National Trust Nunnington Hall’s Christmas Exhibition. Apart from exhibiting, she has designed posters for concerts, artwork for albums and bands and has completed private commissions.

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