To the artist, her paintings are a way of researching and gaining a better understanding of her Nigerian and British heritage, as well as a way of making comparison with her experience of growing up in Nigeria.
Helena Foster who was born in Benin city, Nigeria, in 1988 currently lives and works in London. She graduated with BA Honors in Painting from Camberwell College of Art, London, and also has a Foundation Diploma from Chelsea College of Art & Design, London.
Her paintings reflect a celebration of cultural festivities, attitudes, beliefs and personal experiences. Most recently, she took part in a symposium on Leo Asemota’s ‘Ens Project’ at the British Museum, and has also been featured in conversation with fellow artist Jelili Atiku for the Africa issue of Under The Influence magazine. Helena is a member of Tate Collective, curating events for young people at both Tate Britain and Tate Modern.