Artist Profile

Helen O'Keefe is a British artist, however she was trained in Melbourne Australia, where she was born and grew up.

Her training in techniques covered many aspects of applied art and crafts and she specialized in fabric design and printing.

After her arrival in London, Helen worked with fabric designer Les Lansdowne, hand-painting silk fabrics for his collections for some years. The collections were sold in Fortnum and Mason's, Harrods, Dickens and Jones and other London stores.

In ensuing years, she moved into painting murals and furniture for residential and restaurant interiors and then into painting miniature furniture in 17th and 18th century style for international collectors of dolls house furniture.

In recent years, she has begun painting on glass and has been commissioned to paint both "themed" shop windows - many for The Cross in London - and also pictures.

She has recently developed a method of painting onto Plexiglass with attached mirrors which gives a 3D effect. With these and the paintings on glass, she has been exploring the effects of reflections and illusions. This has led to intriguing and absorbing possibilities and seems to her to reflect the kaleidoscopic elements in life. Her paintings are full of light, rich colour and a feeling of exuberance. The influence of her early years in Australia is evident in her use of colour and underlying patterns, reflecting the eye of a fabric designer.

Helen O'Keefe continues to live in London and her daughter Sarah O'Keefe is co-founder of the well-known life-style London boutique The Cross. Sarah has established a reputation as an innovator of trends in interiors and fashion and is sought after for her creative approach in these areas.

Helen O'Keefe's works are available for commissions and licensing and she retains exclusive copyright of all her images.

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Sept 2018

54 The Gallery, London

Bringing Colour to Life by Jean Harvey and Helen O'Keefe


The Chelsea Arts Club

Solo exhibition, August 2015


Chelsea Town Hall

Group exhibition, February 2013


La Galerie, Chelsea

Group exhibition, December 2012 - January 2013


Gallery Petit

Group exhibition, November 2012


Gallery Petit

Solo exhibition, May 2012