Helen McLean specialises in creating, original, site-specific art in mosaic, stained glass and paint, commissioned by a wide range of individuals and organizations in the USA, Ireland, and UK. Previous artworks range in size from 1 square foot to over 2000 square feet, and all are executed in the finest quality materials. Working closely with the client Helen designs artworks in harmony with the architecture, environment and those that interact with the space.
Her technical skills combined with her ability to problem solve, collaborate, and connect with a shared artistic vision, have generated a wide spectrum of artistic experiences. These range from a 110 ft by 9ft painted mural on permanent display in the Glasgow Concert Hall, to a 2000 square feet church mosaic artwork.
After completing a BA (Hons) in Fine Art, Helen continued her studies with a post graduate qualification from St Martins College and a stained glass apprenticeship in Siena, Italy. Based in Wexford, Ireland, she has travelled and exhibited extensively.
In addition to her large scale commissions Helen runs occasional workshops that require an understanding of the needs and abilities of each individual in the group in order to fully encompass their experiences in a meaningful manner. In 2012, the group exhibition ‘Lives Remembered’, commissioned by the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and directed by Helen, won the Emer Lovett Award at the Wexford Opera Festival.
Upon completing a large mosaic artwork for St Colmcilles Church, Northern Ireland, in December 2016, Helen was interviewed by the Irish Times in relation to her work. The resulting newspaper article and video broadcast can be seen by clicking on the link above which will take you to the relevant section of the Irish Times website. Following on from this St Colmcilles Church commissioned a third mosaic artwork during the pandemic lockdown in 2020. The resulting artwork 'Guardian Angel' was a winning artwork in the Faith & Form Arts Awards 2020.