One of the great experiences of my whole life was the joy of knowing Helen Bradley. Her world was so complete, loved and respected by all who knew her, greatly admired by people she had never seen, and one of the most successful artists of her day. - Bill Patterson, 1981
Helen Bradley began painting her unique and charming narrative scenes at the age of sixty-five. She painted in order to show her grandchildren what life was like when she was a child. The artist transmuted her childhood memories in the everyday life of ordinary Lancashire mill folk into anecdotal art. Characterized by the frank and inhibited outlook of a young child, her bright, teeming pictures and her own delightful narrative, memorably reflect that gentle period. Primitive in style, idyllic in mood, Bradleys pictures are as accomplished as they are imaginative.