The arts scene in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire - Helen Green and Clive Hemsley

PUBLISHED: 10:28 06 February 2015 | UPDATED: 10:28 06 February 2015

Clive Hemsley is based in Henley and has a pop up gallery there

Clive Hemsley is based in Henley and has a pop up gallery there


In with the new… discover the painting or drawing that could become a valuable talked about possession while giving years of enjoyment

There’s often a magic moment on TV shows such as the Antiques Roadshow when lucky owners produce a vintage gem – a work of art purchased in the years before the artist rose to fame, or that of one who has become very collectable in recent times.

With thoughts of the New Year, we think it’s a great time to go hunting for these treasures of the future – in local galleries, arts and crafts shows, and from the artists themselves. At the very least you will have art you have enjoyed on your own walls… and there’s always the chance that your purchase will become a highly desirable heirloom in years to come.

What’s more you are supporting our counties’ arts scene. We can’t promise that the work of the two artists we feature here will eventually make you a huge profit or end up on TV, but their work is eye-catching and will always find a place in local homes.

Let’s start with Helen Green, born and raised in Highclere, where her parents still live. Helen attended Woolton Hill Primary School before St Helen and St Katherine day school in Abingdon until completing A levels. Pursuing her dream of making a career in art took her to a foundation year in Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art, and Bristol to do her degree course.

Then came a real accolade when she was accepted for the Princes Trust Drawing School in Shoreditch 2014. This includes a drawing course, summer school in Italy and private exhibition at Windsor Castle at which the students worked, drawing the Prince’s guests. Visiting artists included Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry.

Since then Helen has taken the school’s teaching qualification and now leads classes herself there while continuing her studies. She has sold work at exhibition and through the Saatchi online sales website. The school became the Royal Drawing School in November, an event attended by HRH Prince.

Helen is looking for studio space in London for next year. Her work can be seen at the current exhibition ( and through her website at She tells us that you might spend £300-400 for one of her smaller works, or perhaps £800-£1,000 for a large painting. Your perfect picture could be on her website, waiting to be snapped up.

Henley artist Clive Hemsley spent 35 years as a creative director in the advertising world, so you’d expect him to have a good idea of what works.

For Clive, new developments in paints, inks and resins together with traditional air brush skills make a winning combination. He says: “Consumers want simple, classic lines, great use of colour and good focus points. Ideal for the modern interior, clients also want affordable originals that are investments and not just fabulous to look at.”

Clive designs a painting rather than just putting paint to canvas. His mixing of mediums is perfect for the ultimate contemporary setting. He uses oils, acrylics, inks, pastels and resins to compose ‘must have’ designs, painting originals only (no limited editions) and marketing them directly, so clients acquire originals at a sensible price point as an investment.

His attitude is simple, buy something that has the “wow” factor using traditional skills through sign writing sable brushes for finished artwork, which makes it absolutely individual. See more of his work at – expect to pay from around £850 to £1,000 plus.



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