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Art in Healthcare is the leading arts provider for health organisations in Scotland. We lend high quality, original artwork to hospitals and other healthcare settings and provide fun-filled art workshops and talks for patients, care home residents and sheltered housing communities.
Find out more about our work at Art in Healthcare.
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Four Racers

by

Helga Chart

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Four Racers by Helga Chart
Collage
1995
90.5 x 55 cm

Reg. Number: L203

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This image is very literal as it seems that the piece consists of four different species of racing pigeon. Each bird is different in its own unique way - the colours of their feathers differ and also some of their features. This artwork is on a wooden board and has been created with collage overlaid with paint. A couple of the birds are speckled with flecks of paint in order to depict their individuality. Throughout the image earthy tones have been used echoing the birds' natural habitat. They are all lined up in a vertical row, as though they are preparing to race one another. There is also a border around the edge of the picture, where patches of different material have been placed in a series and at equal spacing. This gives the sense of a rhythm, possibly representing birds in graceful flight. They are painted in a loose style with blocks of colour which merge slightly, indicating movement or unity. This artwork has been created in a very linear and orderly manner, which conveys the uniform way in which birds fly and travel together.

Other materials that Chart experiments with include inks resins and foils, which she claims "intrigues and attracts the viewer". Her art is made with the intent of being so fascinating that it is unavoidable. However, her creations do not just come to mind spontaneously, despite the fact that she likes to work with speed and urgency once she has the thought in mind. These ideas can take weeks, months, even years to develop, with periods of drought in between. Chart also enjoys creative experimentation and enjoys discovering new techniques and ideas. Her whole process becomes part of the art and the adventure, and she was influenced in pursuing this path in her early years by her tutors at the Edinburgh College of Art.

Edinburgh based artist Helga Chart studied at Edinburgh at the College of Art. This was followed by twelve years teaching in Edinburgh schools, and another fourteen years teaching and lecturing in art and design at the Edinburgh Telford College. Since then Helga has focused on her own personal projects, and has dedicated her time to her own painting and artwork.

Chart has frequently shown work with the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour and Visual Arts Scotland and has been presented with awards from highly recognised societies. She has also previously served as Vice President for both of these societies. Her work is held both in private and public collections and is widely collected in the UK and overseas.

With thanks to the RSW for artist information
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Since 1991 our charity has been assembling one of the largest and most prestigious Collections of original Scottish art in the country. These artworks are uniquely available for display in hospitals and other healthcare settings.


Art in Healthcare is truly committed to the important role that art plays in the healing environment but we need your help to properly maintain and build this unique Collection for the enjoyment and benefit of the hundreds of thousands of staff, patients and visitors who view it each year.


With your help we're able to:


Keep our Collection on display in hospitals and care homes
Support young artists at their degree shows
Buy artwork from professional artists
Provide fun-filled art workshops for patients and care home residents
Develop our training programmes for volunteers


Adopt an artwork from our Collection for just £3 a month and you'll receive:


Your name (or a loved one's) written next to your chosen artwork online
A certificate of adoption with a picture of the artwork
Invites to Art in Healthcare's special events
First to view our latest Prestigious Print
Our colourful e-newsletter


"My patients really enjoy looking at our collection. Sometimes they even do an 'art tour' around the premises." ~ Barron Dental Practice


You can adopt an artwork in the gallery, if it hasn't already been adopted, by clicking the 'Adopt Me' button below the picture of the artwork.


Our Charity

Art in Healthcare is the leading arts provider for health organisations in Scotland. We lend high quality, original artwork to hospitals and other healthcare settings and provide fun-filled art workshops and talks for patients, care home residents and sheltered housing communities.
Find out more about our work at Art in Healthcare.
Adopt an artwork
Donate with JustGiving

Helpful Links

Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland


Total Pageviews

1075


Supported by Edinburgh Art Fair