Exhibition ‘ARTesian’ at Art2Muse Gallery 19 September – 2 October 2017
Helena McConochie’s large-scale oil paintings offer an exploration into the exquisite beauty, colour and contour of flowers. With 3 acres of rural garden and a passion for macro photography, Helena first photographs her floral subjects before reproducing them on canvas in contemporary and cropped compositions.
Using only white and three primary colours to form her palette, Helena builds up layers to achieve transparency and depth. The large scale draws the viewer in and allows them to become engrossed in the shape, form and fine texture that Helena portrays.
Helena is deeply influenced by the work of great Australian artist Margaret Olley who proclaimed, “Flowers can be appreciated by the viewer as just a flower, or can be explored deeper almost as a landscape.”
Helena has held numerous solo exhibitions and her work has reached Sydney commercial and residential markets. Her work can be found extensively in private collections and she produces a substantial number of commissions annually. Helena is also the Resident Artist at the maternity section of the Dubbo Base Hospital.
The Great Australian Artesian Basin is the lifeline to large cattle stations in rural Australia. As our population continues to grow it is imperative to conserve our water. The McConochie property “Willancorah” where Helena lived for 14 is located in the centre of the Macquarie Marshes which is listed on The Ramsar Convention of Wetlands. The McConochie’s property has an abundant garden and amazing birdlife, with the largest Ibis Rookery in the Southern Hemisphere.
Helena’s latest body of work titled ‘ARTesian’, features florals scattered with waterdrops, striving to bring attention to the importance of water conservation for the longevity of rural Australian flora and fauna.