Helen Chadwick

English (1953 - 1996)
Helen Chadwick Self-Portrait 1991 © The Estate of Helen Chadwick, Courtesy Richard Saltoun Gallery


Born 1953
Died 1996
Nationality English
Birth place Croydon
Death place London

Chadwick was born in London and studied art at Brighton Polytechnic and Chelsea School of Art and Design, London. It was while she was still a student that Chadwick became interested in the body as a focus of personal identity. The majority of her works are three-dimensional, but she also worked in video and with installations involving slide projections. She frequently used her own body as the subject of her work. Chadwick's direct approach in making work relating to female identity has been highly influential. She was nominated twice for the Turner Prize.

Glossary terms

  • An annual British art prize which was founded in 1984 by the Tate Gallery's Patrons of New Art. It is intended to promote public discussion of developments in contemporary British art and generates media attention and, at times, controversy. Winners include Gilbert and George , Richard Long, Rachel Whiteread and Douglas Gordon.