The Artist

About Charley Hellier

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Charley is an artist based in York, UK, working primarily in oils and acrylics. Her work is informed and inspired by a combination of artistic pursuits: she has been a filmmaker and animator and is still a performing musician.

With a degree in Film & Moving Image Production, she has had a successful career in post production for film and television, as a visual effects compositor, editor, colourist and graphic artist. In the last few years she has felt a strong yearning to come away from the world of the digital and back to physical art.

Charley revels in that sensation of pushing and blending a medium across a surface. She likes nothing better than to tell a story. Her preferred pieces are often abstract, surreal or fantastical, exploring ideas through symbolism, metaphor and shapes.

History, old myths and folklore excite her imagination and she tries to put into vision intangible ideas, feelings and music. She is often preoccupied with environment and politics, ever experimenting to find different ways to express her thoughts.

Charley has exhibited at Created In York this last year and has worked on commissions. In the past, she has been engaged by a choir to design their concert posters, has produced artwork for albums and bands and for a wedding. She is still exploring, learning and experimenting with themes and styles, allowing her work to evolve naturally.