Helen Tran

Artist member since 2021
Mississauga, Ontario

Born and raised in Vietnam, Helen Tran is a multidisciplinary artist based in Mississauga, Canada. Helen’s body of work ranges from analog film photography, traditional as well as photo-based lithography, intaglio, and a selection of book-art. Tran incorporates printmaking methodology with an array of mixed media within her work, by exploring individual materials that evoke notions of ephemerality and forge these elements through her concept on mourning, healing and cultural rituals. She is a recent graduate in the Printmaking and Publication program with a minor in Photography.

For more of her work, visit www.helenart.ca and @helen.artsy on Instagram.


Inside the Studio


Everyone should know about

I would say my work appeals to a sense of ephemerality, painterly, and centralized on ancestral culture. I am a bit of a washi enthusiastic and like working with (chine-collé) layering papers.

What artists do you admire right now?

My favourite artist right now who works with cyanotype and encaustic that inspires my current work is Erika Lujano. Her work takes on a unique approach to photography and encaustic painting.

Favourite medium

One of my favourite mediums to work with would be lithography because of its versatile process and openness to experimentation. The outcome of a lithographic print can go many directions, and you could work with either photo-litho or the traditional stone litho for a different effect.

When did you start making art, and why?

I think I was naturally drawn to art when I was five years old. I started drawing and creating art when I was young, and my fondest memory was creating pop-up greeting cards for my family. Making art for me was a way for self-expression and sharing my culture and creativity through the art community.

When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...

When I'm not making prints, I enjoy adventuring outdoors with my 35mm analog film camera, taking outdoor landscape photographs to get some inspiration or watercolour painting, tapestry and creative writing. I would be outside planting herbs or flowers and enjoying my garden.

Favourite book

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, Soucouyant by David Chariandy, The Wondrous Woo by Carrianne Leung

Upcoming Exhibitions

FLORALS, group exhibition
John B. Aird Gallery


Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Layers of Meaning: International Encaustic Exhibition


Second Nature, group exhibition
Meaford, ON, Canada

Select Past Exhibitions

GradEx 106: Graduate Exhibition, OCAD University, Toronto
"If Not Here, Then Where?"


Open Studio, Toronto


Propeller Gallery, Toronto
Off The Screen


OCADU Great Hall, Toronto
Artist Alley


The Beguiling, Toronto
"Stuck" Zine Launch


OCAD University
Nora E. Vaughan Award


OCAD University
Printmaking Award


OCAD University
Printmaking Medal Winner


OCAD University
Don Watt Scholarship


Asian Heritage Month Feature


The Gathered Gallery
The Class of 2021 Feature


OCAD University
BFA, Printmaking & Publication, Photography minor


OCAD University
Postgraduate Certificate: Industrial Ceramics

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