1943 - ?

Helen Dougall

As Helen J. Hatherley, she was born at Maidenhead, Berkshire in 1943, daughter of Vincent Garth Hatherley (28 February 1915-2 January 2004) and his wife Mona Routledge née Charlton (19 July 1916-1999), who married at Maidenhead in 1940. Helen studied fine art at Regent Street Polytechnic, London in the early 60s, where her tutors included Frank Auerbach (born 1931) and Leon Kossoff (1926-2019), after which she studied at Chelsea School of Art. Helen married at Richmond-upon-Thames in 1970, John E. Dougall and now works under the name of Helen Dougall. After training as an art teacher at the Institute of Education, University of London, Helen went on to teach art and design in London secondary schools and, moving to Suffolk in 1975, at the Suffolk College in Ipswich until 1997, whilst continuing with her personal work. A Batik artist and painter, painting and drawing directly from observation to capture the complete essence of landscape and is particularly interested in the effect of agriculture on the landscape, tractors ‘drawing’ across fields to produce perspective patterns and the effect of sunlight across stubble fields, and seascapes with wet, shiny undulating beaches or multi-coloured shingle. These ideas have a particular affinity with the craft of batik, in the way molten wax can be painted or drawn across dyed fabric to produce textural effects. Helen is a member of the Batik Guild, the Suffolk Craft Society, Walsham Arts & Crafts Group and Artworks and has taken part in numerous exhibitions, including Ruby Red; Suffolk Craft Society; Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh; The Batik Guild National Exhibition; Lillie Art Gallery, Glasgow; Ad Libitum, Apex Gallery, Bury St Edmund's and Art and Crafts in Walsham le Willows, The Priory Room, Walsham le Willows, Suffolk with a solo retrospective exhibition at Edmund Gallery, Bury St Edmund's. Helen also runs 1 to 3-day courses and workshops at her studio at Lacons Barn, Wattisfield Road, Walsham le Willows, Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk.

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