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Helen Nhan

Artist member since 2020
Ottawa, Ontario

I am an abstract artist based in Ottawa, ON. My current ongoing body of work began with exploring the intrinsic voice of colour. Each colour I apply onto canvas is instinctive and personal. I incorporate colour with form and texture to further construct a narrative between these elements in each piece. I embrace a slow and decisive creative process by using a palette knife to apply oil paint onto canvas. I enjoy the confinement set by a predefined stretched canvas as it forms a limited space to ground my work and reflect my source of inspiration. As a whole, I seek to embrace a more visceral experience within the viewer in my work.

Inside the Studio


Describe your home in 3 words

Art, plants, everywhere

What do you listen to when you work?


Why is art important to you?

It's an outlet for creativity and an opportunity for communication with viewers

Favourite medium

Oil paint

When did you start making art, and why?

I put art on hold for many years until 2018 when a colleague of mine encouraged me to just DO IT. Since then, I have never looked back.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Trinity Art Gallery, Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa, ON


Gallery Annexe, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON

Select Past Exhibitions

Montreal, QC
Les Encans de la quarantaine


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