Helen Blair

ARTIST

Blair, Helen

1907 – 1997

Helen Sarah Blair was born in New Zealand, 

By 1922 she had already achieved some commercial success,
providing the illustrations for The Why Fairy Book by L.T. Watkins.
After returning to New Zealand from her studies in Paris, she met
fellow artist John Hutton (1906’1978). Together, they embarked
on a successful and prolific collaborative relationship (eventually
marrying in 1934), holding a joint exhibition in Wellington in
1936 before relocating to London that same year. They had three
children ‘ including Warwick Blair Hutton (1939’1994) who
was to become a noted artist, glass engraver and illustrator ‘ and
continued to work and exhibit together in England even after their
divorce in 1960.

Blair made distinctive modernist works, often painted with a
palette knife. Many of her paintings also contain classical or biblical
references, particularly her landscapes, which recall the backdrops to
the figure paintings of the Old Masters.

Later in life she turned to making collages were mostly non-figurative (although sometimes one or two small images of people appeared in them). Many of these were shown at exhibitions in Cambridge where she lived until her death in 1997. She wrote a book on Collage (The Technique of Collage) and was particularly interested in Kurt Schwitters. She also wrote many other books – on Rug weaving, Gemstone craft, Mosaics and Woven structures.

We are grateful to Anne and Pete Hutton,  and Dean Goodman for assistance artbiogs.co.uk.

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Helen Blair

ARTIST

Blair, Helen

1907 – 1997

Helen Sarah Blair was born in New Zealand, 

By 1922 she had already achieved some commercial success,
providing the illustrations for The Why Fairy Book by L.T. Watkins.
After returning to New Zealand from her studies in Paris, she met
fellow artist John Hutton (1906’1978). Together, they embarked
on a successful and prolific collaborative relationship (eventually
marrying in 1934), holding a joint exhibition in Wellington in
1936 before relocating to London that same year. They had three
children ‘ including Warwick Blair Hutton (1939’1994) who
was to become a noted artist, glass engraver and illustrator ‘ and
continued to work and exhibit together in England even after their
divorce in 1960.

Blair made distinctive modernist works, often painted with a
palette knife. Many of her paintings also contain classical or biblical
references, particularly her landscapes, which recall the backdrops to
the figure paintings of the Old Masters.

Later in life she turned to making collages were mostly non-figurative (although sometimes one or two small images of people appeared in them). Many of these were shown at exhibitions in Cambridge where she lived until her death in 1997. She wrote a book on Collage (The Technique of Collage) and was particularly interested in Kurt Schwitters. She also wrote many other books – on Rug weaving, Gemstone craft, Mosaics and Woven structures.

We are grateful to Anne and Pete Hutton,  and Dean Goodman for assistance artbiogs.co.uk.

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Scene from the Book of Job, circa 1935

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