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Helen Bradley

1900 - 1979

Born at Lees near Oldham, Helen Bradley studied embroidery and jewellery at Oldham School of Art but did not begin to paint until she was 65. She exhibited at the Mercury Gallery, London, from 1966, at the RA, in the provinces and in Los Angeles, USA.

Admired by Lowry, her bright, anecdotal work was influenced by Persian, Indian and Chinese art, Turner and the Dutch painters, particularly Avercamp.

A naive painter of figures and scenes depicting the world of her childhood in oils, she employed an individual technique, often depicting detail by scraping paint away with the end of a brush.