Helen Beard 'It's Her Factory', Unit London

  • London, Brighton
  • combined arts, visual arts
  • Flora Phillips


This September, Unit London presents, It’s Her Factory, the largest solo exhibition to date by British, Brighton-based contemporary artist, Helen Beard (7 September – 6 October 2019). The exhibition introduces a new body of Beard’s large-scale, vibrant works – including the artist’s first sculptural piece – that examines contemporary portrayals of sexuality.

In a world that promotes sexuality and relationships through idealised and arguably unrealistic body expectations, Beard’s kaleidoscopic oil and acrylic paintings reclaim ownership over depictions of the body from the predominant male gaze. With their graphic depictions of explicit sex acts and entwined bodies, the paintings confront the viewer, forcing the audience to engage with the scenes on the artist’s terms.

The new works in, It’s Her Factory, focus particularly on female self-pleasure, body positivity and empowerment. In paintings such as The Seducer (2019) and Poetry in Motion (2019), sanitised, chauvinistic representations of lust are replaced by intimate portrayals of the female form.