Helen Playford (MA)                   

                 Speciality:  Famous Artists, Cultural Arts & Arts History


                                        LECTURED AT SEA WITH

         Sun Princess, Diamond Princess, Golden Princess (15 talk cruise)


Helen Playford's expertise is in Fine Arts and public speaking. Master of Arts in Fine Arts and Futures studies, Helen qualifies as a leading arts enrichment cruise lecturer, having lectured on the Sun, Diamond and Golden Princess ships, with excellent feedback from passengers. Making arts easy to understand and how our culture and religion is defined by the expression of the arts. Successful art exhibitions in England, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong and Perth West Australia. Artworks include a series of commissioned portraits of 'Women in Law', design of ECU University Chancellor Regalia and portrait of HRH Princess Anne for NFA. Helen Playford's works are represented in many international private collections.



Living by the Brush - Famous Artists Series

1. Father of Flowers - Claude Monet - French artist. He created his own paradise garden featuring a water lily lake, with reflections and flowers in the changing seasons. His home and studio is still open to the public today. Monet was a masterful painter of light and atmosphere. Sunrise and sunsets were his favourite times. He loved travel and painted many cities, from Venice to London as well as farming landscapes in France.

2. Dancehall High kicks and Skirts - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was a French painter, printmaker, draughtsman, caricaturist, and illustrator who immersed himself in the colourful and theatrical life of Paris. Deprived of a normal life as a result of a birth defect, even as an aristocrat, he was drawn to the seedy parts of Paris, and late night drinking and dancing.

3. Storms and sunsets at sea - William Turner - English artist. Fascinated by the forces of nature a glowing sunsets over a ghostly ship was his inspiration. One of the greatest figures in the history of landscape painting. His paintings were an obsession, and he eventually became mentally unstable. Major collection at the Tate Gallery in London.

4. Nanyang Style (Chinese for ‘South Seas’) – Singapore Artists Chinese ink and colour, or oil on canvas. Use of colours and lines is similar to those of post-Impressionists, such as Vincent van Gogh. The style reflects the universal culture of migrants Southeast Asian flavours to create the distinct Nanyang style. The use of a mix of styles and techniques from Chinese pictorial traditions and the School of Paris.

 5. ‘Matchstick Men’ - LS Lowry English artist. Many of his drawings and paintings depict Pendlebury, Lancashire, where he lived and worked for more than 40 years, and also Salford and its surrounding areas. Lowry is famous for painting scenes of life in the industrial districts of North West England. He developed a distinctive style of painting peopled with human figures often referred to as "matchstick men". He painted mysterious unpopulated landscapes and brooding portraits.

6. Outback to deserted towns - Russell Drysdale - Australian Artist. From an English farming family, he chose to paint and represent the Australian 'bushman, life of the drovers wives, the ‘rabbitters’ and the general harsh life of survival on the outback in Australia. He also was the first artist to paint aborigines as part of the landscape

7. Portraits or puppets? - William Dobell - Australian artist. A court case questioning his artwork made him face the limelight to justify his portrait painting. Dobell's style is unique in being able to adapt to suit the character of his subject. One of the astonishing things about Dobell's portraiture is his ability to adjust his style to the nature of the personality he is portraying ... If the character of his sitter is broad and generous, he paints broadly and generously.

8. Power and Scandal - Georgia O'keefe - American artist. Close-up paintings of flowers gave her a sense of looking at life in a very personal almost provocative style. Considered the "mother of American modernism”. The subject includes night city skyline with skyscrapers, and in her later works she created the skies, spaces and animal bones from the deserts of Mexico.

9. Never to old to Start - Grandma Moses- American artist. Self taught, she took up painting at the age of 75 and continued to paint and exhibit her farm and family memories until the age of 100. Often cited as a ‘naive painter’ a wonderful example of an individual who successfully began a career in the arts at a later life. A hard-working life, which included 10 children of which only five survived. 'Art washes from the soul, the dust of everyday life'

Helen Playford introduces a selection of her talks