Working from a railway arch in South London Grace Helmer creates hand painted, boldly coloured, brushstroke-y illustrations from thin layers of oil paint, embracing the mistakes that often turn out better than the plan. Her work is inspired by travel, life events, natural forms and the buzz of cities. Learning to work more spontaneously outside of the studio and she pushed herself away from perfection in favour of bold mark making to create playful illustrations that evoke a strong sense of place and atmosphere.

Grace’s previous clients include Apple, The New Yorker, Penguin Random House and The Washington Post.

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