Helen Tarr is a Midlands-based artist, who grew up in South Gloucestershire, and graduated with a BA Hons in Fine Art at North Staffordshire Polytechnic in the late 1980s. After a brief return to Gloucestershire, she eventually settled in Birmingham and began to teach painting and drawing to adults, and went on to achieve a MA in Fine Art at UCE.
The experience of Birmingham’s urban landscape had a profound effect on Helen’s paintings and she developed a body of work inspired by the architecture and atmosphere of the city, much of which is now in private collections. Her interest in the transformative effects of the weather, atmosphere and season has also been explored in her paintings of rural and coastal landscapes, reflecting her travels around the UK and Europe.
Following her recent move back to Staffordshire, Helen has been working on a new series of paintings inspired by her former home in The Potteries. These include the town centres and the old industrial buildings that remain in and around the six towns.