A spotlight on Helen Downie AKA Unskilled Worker

This summer, Boodle Hatfield and the Art Law & More team are thrilled to be supporting the Tusk Trust for the Lion Trail 2021 – an international art installation to raise vital funds for African conservation. Curated by Chris Westbrook, this is an art trail like no other. The sculptures take you on a tour of iconic locations around the globe and the lions aim to bring to life the stories of these iconic predators as well as the people who work tirelessly to protect them.

The firm’s sponsored sculpture in the London trail, has been designed and painted by Helen Downie – a London based artist working under the moniker of Unskilled Worker. Her paintings are both intimate and evocative, mixing characters and nature with the ephemeral and fantastical. Downie’s work has been described as ‘a melee of ethereality, innocence, inherent flow and instinct that all came together in a spectacular fashion.’

The piece has been named ‘Nathan’ after Helen’s Grandson. Helen reflected on the project saying… “As I was painting my lion, I thought of the need to remember that the natural world isn’t a separate entity: we are of the natural world, and by destroying it, we are destroying ourselves”.

Find out more about Helen’s creation for Tusk here and read more about her artwork here.

Download the London walking route and discover Nathan for yourself.

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