13 Contemporary Women Artists

   Painting, Printmaking, Mixed media, Mosaic, Textiles & Photography

Helen Owen                                                                                                               

Helen Owen

Helen studied Horticulture, Art and Design and Creative Computing at Stourbridge College, and has a first class BA (Hons) degree in Art and Design from Birmingham City University.
Helen uses a various techniques and materials such as fabric, found objects, paint, photography and computer generated imagery.
Most of Her work has been influenced by personal experiences or interests, and usually has a visual impact through the use of colour, pattern or optical illusion.

As well as local exhibition and art fairs, Helen’s work has been seen in London, New York, Miami, Paris and Amsterdam.

Helen’s textile work represents an abiding fascination with stress, as both an element of the artistic process, and as an intrinsic part of our lives. The tensions in her work are established by the use of colour, pattern and optical illusion, to create a compelling sense of force and movement.

Helen's exploration of stress and tension began with the loss of her husband and a determination to cope against the odds. She says, "It was the constant battle against stress, time and the domestic environment that fuelled my work. Ploughing through many materials and working methods I finally discovered the wrapping and stretching of striped fabric. Inspired by the optical effects, I wrapped domestic objects and interiors so they could no longer serve their purpose, as they became redundant beneath a dazzling deterrent of op art pattern. Thus the domestic environment was transformed."

For information about the artwork in Helen's gallery, please look under 'further information'.

Visit her website to view more work, including installations -


The Textiles are mounted on wood. They are signed and dated on the back and ready to hang. If you would like to purchase any of this work, or if you are looking for a piece of work containing a specific colour or dimension, please get in touch through the contact page.

The Botanical images are printed with a Canon 9500 Mark 2, using genuine Canon pigment inks. They are printed on high quality heavyweight matt photo ink jet paper (230gsm). Please note that the prints are sold unframed. 

A3 - £30
A4 - £20
For limited edition prices, specific sizes, or to place an order, please the contact me.

The Greeting Cards have a high quality photographic print on the front and a title on the back, along with my details. They are left blank for your own personal message. The cards are complete with envelopes and protected by a clear plastic sleeve.
Card size, 15 x 10.5 cm.
£2.00 each or 6 for £10
Post & packing is free within the UK.

The Paintings are on high quality canvases 5cm deep. The painting continues around the sides so framing is not necessary. They have also been varnished with a matt varnish, which means there is only a slight shine. If you would like to make a purchase, or would like any imformation, please contact me. 

Below is a selection of past exhibitions and events -

Windsor Contemporary Art Fair
Objects of Intention, GV Art, 49 Chiltern Street, London
Visual Illusions, Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford
Affordable Art Fair Paris.
Red Dot, New York.
Affordable Art Fair London.
Botanical Gardens, Birmingham
The Islington Contemporary Art and Design Fair, London
Bridge Art Fair Miami.
Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam.
Bridge Art Fair London.
Battersea Contemporary Art Fair, London
Landmark Art Fair, London
Hackwood Art Festival Basingstoke
Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham

I took part in two uk Cowparades, London 2002 and Manchester 2004. For anyone not familiar with Cowparade, artists submit designs for cows. These designs are viewed and maybe selected by various companies; the artist is then required to transfer their designs onto full size fibreglass cows. The cows are exhibited in chosen areas around the cities creating a huge public art exhibition. They are eventually sold at auction to raise money for charity.