Helen Tabor has lived in the Scottish Borders for the past fifteen years with her partner and three children. Her paintings are very much inspired by her surroundings, in particular the rural Scottish Borders countryside, and the soft seascapes of south west Scotland.
Whilst the figure paintings are more defined and linear, her landscapes are expressive and abstract but both styles hold something more enigmatic – a vagueness perhaps which takes you into the world of imagination.
Born in Middlesex in 1960, Helen Tabor graduated with English and History at the University of York in 1981. A self-taught artist, Tabor drew her inspiration from Chagall and Picasso. Since 1986, she has successfully exhibited in numerous galleries both North and South of the border, including RSA and SAAC Royal Academy in Edinburgh. Helen’s work can be found in private collections both here and abroad.
1978-81-BA English and History (Joint Hons 2.1), University of York
1981 -82-Travelled in India and worked in a village development project in Maharasra.
1983-84-Post Graduate Certificate of Education, University of York
1984-87-Teacher of English, Drama and Art at Boroughbridge School, N.Yorks.
1987-90-Teacher of English, Drama and Art, Paro High School, Bhutan, Asia.
1990-92-Field Officer for Voluntary Service Overseas in Bhutan
1997-02-Borders College, evening class tutor
1986-Arts Centre, York
1993-Old Gala House, Galashiels
1994-Broughton House. Christmas, Summer and Three-man exhibition
1995, 96-Gallery 42, Edinburgh. Christmas and Summer Exhibitions
1996, 97, 98-SAAC Academy Exhibition and Edinburgh Arts Club Exhibition
1996-Dryburgh Cottage. Summer Exhibition
1998-SAAC Perth Festival Exhibition, Perth City Art Gallery
1997-Chambers Institute, Peebles. Carrifran Exhibition
1997, 99, 00-The Blackwood Gallery, Hawick
1997-The Pavillion Gallery, Melrose. Christmas and Spring Exhibitions
1997-The Queens Hall, Edinburgh
1997-The Stable Gallery, Yetholm
1997-The Westgate Gallery, North Berwick
1997-Kirkhouse Gallery, Traquair. Summer Exhibition
1999, 00, 01, 03, 04, 05-The Green Gallery, Aberfoyle, Stirling
1999-Aikwood Tower, Ettrickbridge (solo exhibition)
1999, 02, 03, 05-Mainhill Gallery, Ancrum
1999, 02-Frames Contemporary Art, Perth
1999-Visual Arts Scotland. Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
1999, 00, 01, 03-The Flat Cat Gallery, Lauder
2000, 01-Gallery 139, London
2000-The Affordable Art Fair Battersea, London
2000, 01-Art Edinburgh, Festival Exhibition
2000-The Reiver Gallery, Galashiels
2001-The Archway Gallery, Lochgilphead
2001, 02, 03, 04-The Castlegate Gallery, Cockermouth, Cumbria
2001, 02, 03-The Glasgow Art Fair with the Mainhill Gall
2002, 03, 04, 05-Battersea Affordable Art Fair (with Gallery 139)
2002-Bristol Affordable Art Fair (with Gallery 139)
2003-Visual Arts Scotland, annual exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy
2003-The Rowley Gallery, London
2004, 05-Morningside Gallery, Edinburgh.
2004-Art London Chelsea with the Mainhill Gallery, solo show
2004-Chelsea and Dulwich Art Fairs with the Rowley Gallery
2004, 05, 06-Thompson’s Gallery, London
2005, 05, 06, 08, 10-Thompson’s Gallery Aldeburgh
2006-Olympia Art Design and Antiques (with Thompson`s Gallery)