Helen Binyon (Biographical details)

Helen Binyon (printmaker; British; Female; 1904 - 1979)

Also known as

Binyon, Helen

Biography

Watercolourist, printmaker, engraver, puppeteer and teacher.
Born in London, daughter of Laurence Binyon (q.v.), poet and Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum. Studied at the Royal College of Art 1922-26, where she was taught by Paul Nash (q.v.) and was a contemporary of Eric Ravilious (q.v.), then in 1928 - 30 attended the Central School of Arts and Craft. She exhibited first at the Redfern Gallery with Edward Bawden (q.v.) and Eric Ravilious. With her twin sister, Margaret, she created Jiminy Puppets and ran a travelling puppet theatre. She illustrated several books including: 'Brief Candles' for the Golden Cockerel Press and 'Pride and Prejudice' for Penguin in 1938. During WWII she worked for the Admirality in Bath drawing hydrographic charts. She taught at Willesden School of Art 1945-6 and then at Bath Academy of Art from 1949 to 1965. Commissioned by the Arts Council to conduct a survey of puppetry in England, she wrote 'Puppetry Today' in 1966. She was the author of 'Eric Ravilious - Memoir of an Artist'. A show of her watercolours was held at the Grafton Gallery in 1979. She lived in Chichester, Sussex.