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Helen Martin, Artist and visionary

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the owl house at nieu bethesda

Helen Martins' house in South Africa (scanned from slide)

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Helen Elizabeth Martins - Artist Extraordinaire

On a cold winters morning in 1976, a sadly misunderstood old lady surrendered to her pain and loneliness. She took her own life by swallowing caustic soda. Her death brought to a full circle the sad and lonely life of one of South Africa's truly remarkable women and artists. Her name was Helen Martins. She was 87 years old and lived as a near recluse for the bigger part of her life. Yet she will become known and recognised as a creative genius; her creation, The Owl House, becoming the…

Helen Martins transformed the house she inherited from her parents in Nieu-Bethesda, South Africa, into a fantastical environment decorated with crushed glass and cement sculptures. The house is known as The Owl House. Art Floral, Watts Towers, Photographic Film, Quirky Art, South African Artists, Crushed Glass, Owl House, Visionary Art, Outsider Art

Who was Helen Martins?

It’s the late 1920s – between the World Wars – and you’re an educated woman in her early 30s who’s worked as a teacher in what was then the ...

HELEN MARTINS (1897-1976) | THE OWL HOUSE | South Africa | Known to the residents of Nieu-Bethesda as 'Miss Helen' and thought of as a strange and rather outlandish character, she shied away from general contact, and began transforming her house and garden. Despite crippling arthritis, and the amputation of her small toes which left her unable to wear anything but slip-ons on her feet, Martins decorated her home with 'glass and light'. South African Design, South African Artists, Human Sculpture, Sculpture Garden, Art Brut, Owl House, Outsider Art, Art World, Garden Art

HELEN MARTINS (1897-1976) | THE OWL HOUSE | South Africa | Known to the residents of Nieu-Bethesda as 'Miss Helen' and thought of as a strange and rather outlandish character, she shied away from general contact, and began transforming her house and garden. Despite crippling arthritis, and the amputation of her small toes which left her unable to wear anything but slip-ons on her feet, Martins decorated her home with 'glass and light'.

HELEN MARTINS (1897-1976) | THE OWL HOUSE | South Africa | Known to the residents of Nieu-Bethesda as 'Miss Helen' and thought of as a strange and rather outlandish character, she shied away from general contact, and began transforming her house and garden. Despite crippling arthritis, and the amputation of her small toes which left her unable to wear anything but slip-ons on her feet, Martins decorated her home with 'glass and light'. South African Artists, Owl House, Many Faces, Mecca, Outsider Art, French Artists, Mixed Media Art, Roots, The Outsiders

HELEN MARTINS (1897-1976) | THE OWL HOUSE | South Africa | Known to the residents of Nieu-Bethesda as 'Miss Helen' and thought of as a strange and rather outlandish character, she shied away from general contact, and began transforming her house and garden. Despite crippling arthritis, and the amputation of her small toes which left her unable to wear anything but slip-ons on her feet, Martins decorated her home with 'glass and light'.

HELEN MARTINS (1897-1976) | THE OWL HOUSE | South Africa | Known to the residents of Nieu-Bethesda as 'Miss Helen' and thought of as a strange and rather outlandish character, she shied away from general contact, and began transforming her house and garden. Despite crippling arthritis, and the amputation of her small toes which left her unable to wear anything but slip-ons on her feet, Martins decorated her home with 'glass and light'. South African Art, Owl House, Many Faces, Mecca, Outsider Art, Heartland, Naive, Mixed Media Art, Sculpture Art

HELEN MARTINS (1897-1976) | THE OWL HOUSE | South Africa | Known to the residents of Nieu-Bethesda as 'Miss Helen' and thought of as a strange and rather outlandish character, she shied away from general contact, and began transforming her house and garden. Despite crippling arthritis, and the amputation of her small toes which left her unable to wear anything but slip-ons on her feet, Martins decorated her home with 'glass and light'.

Their talents went unrecognized during their time, but they are celebrated by the art world today — and many would say exploited. Outsider artists, those self-taught or “naïve” creatives (Jean Dubuffet called it the “art brut” or “raw art”), are… Outsider Art, Love Art, All Art, South African Art, Owl House, Art World, Mixed Media Art, Female Bodies, Garden Sculpture

10 Female Outsider Artists You Should Know

Their talents went unrecognized during their time, but they are celebrated by the art world today — and many would say exploited. Outsider artists, those self-taught or “naïve” creatives (Jean Dubu…

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sculpture by Helen Martins - Owl House, Nieu Bethesda, South Africa

Visit artist Helen Martins' - 'Owl House' (museum) in Nieu Bethesda, Great Karoo, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Watts Towers, Martin S, Unusual Homes, Owl House, My Land, Outsider Art, Mixed Media Art, Kitsch, South Africa

Visit artist Helen Martins' (1897 - 1976) 'Owl House' (museum) in Nieu Bethesda, Great Karoo, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Visit an odd art mecca in South Africa: Miss Helen’s Owl House – now a museum. This esoteric destination has turned Nieu Bethesda into one of South Africa’s greatest treasures Sculpture Art, Sculptures, Season Of The Witch, Scary Places, Owl House, Mecca, Outsider Art, Diy Arts And Crafts, Yard Art

Owl House, Nieu-Bethesda, South Africa - The Owl House was owned by a woman named Helen Martins who was obsessed with light. She started making sculptures and other objects from cement, glass and wire that reflected rainbow colours. She made eerie animals that spilled out of her house and into the yard, but she particularly loved owls, which she associated with intuition and wisdom.

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Who was Helen Martins?

It’s the late 1920s – between the World Wars – and you’re an educated woman in her early 30s who’s worked as a teacher in what was then the ...