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Charley Hellier Art

        Charley is an atmospheric landscape painter, based in York, UK. She is working on two current collections: Tempestarii is dark, stormy and gothic, related to Medieval storm creation mythology, and Reverie is peaceful and quietly pensive.

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        “I paint in oils as I can continue to move and mould them over time, building things up and removing them, so the images evolve and change as does the landscape and sky. They’re portals into childhood places, scenes I love to walk within now, or purely worlds of the imagination. A lot of inspiration is drawn from the changeable, dramatic moorlands of North Yorkshire. Ongoing environmental themes intermingle with my love of history and philosophy, folklore and ancestry and the power of weather, particularly dynamic storms, in the case of the Tempestarii series.

        My Reverie collection finds the storm quietened. It expresses sadness at the world, the climate crisis and the mess my poor children are set to inherit, through no fault of their own. The images themselves look innocent enough: scenes of nature and weather cycles, a warm sun and wildflowers, or crunching snow underfoot. The fact is, I am protecting my children from the truth of it all by hiding it away. A mist obscures the distant horizon: that is where my fears lie. We can’t see what dwells there any more than we can see what the future holds.”

        Charley Hellier was born in Exeter, Devon in 1981, grew up in Lancashire, but has lived in Yorkshire for over 20 years. Her atmospheric paintings are informed by her experience and surroundings and inspired by the many great artists she has admired since her early life.

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