History

Helm has his work regularly published in several national publications, including much loved institutions such as Private Eye and The Spectator. From 2009 to 2011 he was the weekly cartoonist for The Lady magazine, illustrating Rachel Johnson’s editorial. He wrote and illustrated a guide to dogs, ‘ Kit and Willy’s guide to the Dogs of the World’ which was published in 2011 (loved by children, frowned at by dog experts and vets). He was included as one of the chosen artists to be shown at the 50 years of Private Eye exhibition at the V&A in London’s South Kensington. In September 2011 the wizard Derren Brown got in touch with Helm (sadly using email, not telepathy) and asked him to animate various sequences for his channel 4 television show. There followed a BAFTA nomination, but thankfully not the prize itself which would’ve messed up the awards section on this website. In April 2012 he co-wrote and illustrated a best-selling ABC book about the British Middle Class,  called ‘ The Middle Class ABC’ . This was published by John Murray and naturally has since been translated into Mandarin and is hugely popular in China. Helm was the resident cartoonist for House & Garden where he  illustrated Sue Crewe’s Editor’s letter for 2 years. He did a stint at Art Review  for 6 months in 2013 and designs the annual mug for  Garsington Opera (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
In late 2013 and 2014 began a collaboration with John Lobb the luxury shoemaker. Latterly he has been working for Hermes, in 2015 he designed and illustrated 11 maps for their flåneries event across London, and then he illustrated their Christmas labels and chocolate sleeves. His mural for Fortnum and Mason can be seen in their revamped Fragrance Hall (2nd floor).  In June 2015 he was chosen as one of 80 ‘creative types’ to re-interpret an Ernest Race BA3 chair for the Art Room charity, which was dangled from the atrium ceiling of Selfridges for a month or so before being auctioned. He contributes quite regularly to W magazine in the US, and is currently working on an illustrative collaboration with Jeroboams the wine merchants of London.  His ancient family motto is Leones mihi Cassis, which translates as Lions are blackcurrants to me. He lives by this, on the side of an elegant valley in The Poshwolds ( an area of Gloucestershire). Interests include squirrels, salt, lions and blackcurrants.