About the Artist
Helen (Wallace) Day is a prolific South African- based muralist and fine artist.
Her work is found internationally in private collections in Genoa, London, and Switzerland, and graces many homes and restaurants in the cities of South Africa.
Born in Johannesburg, and educated at the National School of the Arts, her style of artwork is Impressionistic. Colourful bold brushstrokes are the hallmark of her vibrant work. Her work uplifts any space, and is often commissioned by Interior Designers and Property Developers to enhance their creations and buildings.
The materials used are usually large canvases made to order, or full height wall murals painted directly onto brickwork or cement. Large wooden pallets are also custom-made by the artist as the backdrop to her work.
These are very popular among her corporate and retail clients, commissioned as large murals to be installed in public spaces. Using Acrylic paints on wood allows the wood grain to glow and give texture and a natural warm to the artwork. Her works on wood are extremely popular and add to the ambience and style of many restaurants and retail outlets across the country. Drawings, Etchings and Lino Prints in limited editions, are also created by Helen using very sensitive markings on paper. Mounted in deep box frames, they elegantly grace any home or commercial property.
Her subject matter often depicts her love for the African way of life, and the compassion that she feels for the hardships endured by the women and children of Africa. In her work, the sun is often depicted as the symbol of hope that lies in the heart of Africa.
An example of this is evident in the fact that her works have been extensively commissioned by The African Centre for Biodiversity (ACBIO) as the front cover to their Company Reports, which are distributed worldwide.
Among her latest corporate clients, are The Abcon Group, Vertias Project Management, Salsa Mexican Restaurants, Eyetek Optometrists, Nomads Gallery, and Design Vision Interiors.
Her creative vision is for her art to brighten every space, lift the human spirit, and warm the heart of the beholder.
Exhibitions and Private Commissions
- The Upper Deck Gallery, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
- Bamboo Gallery, Melville, Johannesburg
- Sharon Samson Gallery, Sandton
- Henry Taylor Gallery, Sandton
- Guest Artist to The Rotary Art Festival Hyde Park, Sandton
- The Persian Gallery, Sandton
- Private collection Switzerland – Maasai study
- The Johannesburg Turbine Hall Art Fair 2013, South Africa
- Rosebank Art Precinct Exhibitions, Johannesburg
- SA Fine Art Print Fair, Johannesburg
- Private collection, London, commission of Jerusalem City of God
- Salsa Restaurant Kyalami SA, Tribute to Frida Kahlo, commissioned by Design Vision Interiors Wall Mural on wood (2800 x 1800)
- Solo Exhibition 2017, Phirrel Art Boutique, Sandton
- Salsa Restaurant Fourways SA, commissioned by Design Vision Interiors Wall Mural on wood (3800 x 1500)
- Morningside Sandton – Private home, commissioned Themed Baby Nursery
- Private collection, Stellenbosch, Wall Mural on chipped plaster (4200 x 4000) Tribute to J S Bach, in collaboration with International Muralist, Nomad (Justin Guy Badenhorst)
- Private Collection, Genova, Italy.