"There are no lines
in nature, only areas of colour,
one against another"
Hélène Baum-Owoyele is an afropean illustrator and graphic designer living in Berlin. Her artworks have been used in various contexts, from editorial pieces and children’s books to advertising, with clients such as:
The New York Times, Vox, Harvard Business Review, WDR, Radcliffe Magazine, Branch, New Statesman, Tate, Psychologie Heute, C40 Cities, Scoop Magazine, Penguin Random House, Hasso-Plattner-Institut, CFFP, Octopus Publishing Group,
The Washington Post's 'The Lily', Familiar Faces, Women Who Do Stuff
"There are no lines in nature, only areas of colour, one against another". The quote from Manet evokes a principle that is strong in Hélène’s life and work. Coming from a diverse cultural background, what defines her universe is a sense of “collage” and "kaleidoscopic identity". She creates vibrant spaces where through humour, magic and idealism, elements from different cultures coexist in peace and where diversity is celebrated.
The colourful images draw inspiration from her environment and personal history but also largely from mythology, black culture, art, textiles, books and nature.