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SILENT SHOUT – Works by Helen Bur

Silent Shout is the first museum solo show by British artist Helen Bur.

Saatchi Gallery will open an exhibition of works by Helen Bur in one of its main gallery spaces on Friday 12 November 2021. The exhibition will be open to the public from 12 November to 5 December 2021 with free admission.

In this new body of works by artist Helen Bur, painted figures are captured in moments of quiet action, self-reflection and stillness. Obscured in the pause of a gesture and imbued with a sense of the surreal, Bur sensitively depicts those around her as fragments of the bigger picture. Her interest in activism and the power of groups for change, intersects with a more deeply personal reflection: in what moments, or through what means, can one come to know oneself and others?

Combining loose gestural marks with painterly figuration, we are invited to come to stillness in a moment of motion and experience the subtle nuances of emotion that can be felt and held on the canvas's surfaces. Silent Shout features works that encourage the viewer to question how we need others to truly understand ourselves. In the words of Sophie Mak-Schram “Bur’s Paintings elide or leave room for you to listen for what is unsaid, unseen or not yet known. They hover in the moment of becoming… transforming…about to make some noise”.