Feature Tyga Helme brings the outside in
After studying Fine Art and History of Art at The University of Edinburgh and being awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Drawing School, Helme has been granted artist residencies at Dumfries House in Ayrshire and Borgo Pignano in Italy and exhibited widely, including at the Fleming Collection in London and at Christie’s in New York.
Drawing lies at the heart of her practice and most of her work comes directly from a place she has spent a lot of time in, walking and drawing. She’s interested in an emotional response to landscape and the feeling of being overwhelmed and immersed in nature, finding her subjects in movement and in the sublime. She couples the spontaneity of the moment with returning to places again and again, allowing memory and imagination to permeate.
Magill adds: “The movement she captures with pastels on the page, the light that glistens, a dart of colour that draws you in – Tyga is a master of her material and her career as an artist has only just begun. While the subject matter is often traditional, a landscape, a figure in a landscape – her work is unique and immediately recognisable. When other artists come to see her work, their noses practically hit the glass and the gallery chatter subsides. She’s a wonderful person and a delight to sit aside while putting on a show together and her work is a glorious addition to any collection.”
About the champion
In 2016, Ocki Magill converted an old shop in Camberwell into her home and gallery space and, after naming the building, Blue Shop Cottage was born: a gallery with artists at its very centre. Blue Shop is proud to exhibit artists from all over the globe either online or in physical shows and we have collectors from New York to Hong Kong, Sydney to LA. In 2020 Kate Bryan purchased 19 works of art by 12 artists for the Soho House Permanent Collection through Blue Shop Cottage.