I found her work about a year ago while browsing on Instagram, something about her paintings is incredibly haunting. They are so beautiful and naive with a very unique energy and skill. No wonder now her Instagram account has over 200K followers.
The quick rise of Unskilled Worker (as she called herself is actually quite the contrary)
but her success is not a surprise, gaining many interesting collaborations including fashion photographer Nick Knight and recently hired by Gucci to create portraits.
Helen Downie (who hopes to retain a certain amount of anonymity) is 50 years old and had been clean of drugs for 10 months when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and first felt the urge to paint.
“I live in London and I am unskilled worker on instagram because I have no formal education in the arts. I use materials in a very instinctive and incorrect way I am interested in the way that humans use clothing and makeup to hide there internal world and to try to take control of the way they are viewed by the outside world. Some of my subjects are real and I have known or seen them, some are not and are imaginary. All are more about what is happening on the inside than the outside.”