Helene Appel: Among Trees, Among Sand Grains

September 22nd 2023 – February 24th 2024

Photograph by Carlo Favore of a true-to-life painting of a red-and-white car light. By artist Helene Appel

Berlin-based artist Helene Appel creates images that straddle the threshold between realism, sculpture, and abstraction. Appel paints ordinary materials from everyday life, working in a 1:1 scale.

Appel’s work highlights the sometimes-overlooked beauty of ordinary objects such as the bark of a tree, sand on a seashore, an envelope, the headlight of a car, and a loose fold of fabric. Appel’s closely-observed paintings even explore the aesthetic qualities of discarded vegetable peelings ready to be thrown onto the compost pile, or a kitchen sink full to the brim of murky washing up water. The materials Appel uses, such as oil, watercolour or encaustic, start to resemble the object itself, giving her paintings a physical and three-dimensional presence.

This exhibition features key works from Appel’s career alongside a selection of new paintings. It is also an opportunity to see two works by Appel which were recently acquired for the Williamson’s collection: ‘Sand’ and ‘Dishwater’.

The exhibition is open 22nd September 2023 – 24th February 2024. Free entry – check our Visit Us page for full visiting information.


Exhibition tours with curator Niall Hodson will take place on:

Thursday 5th October, 12:30pm

Friday 8th December, 10:30am

Friday 19th January, 6pm

Booking details coming soon.

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