Upcoming Exhibition at Art2Muse Gallery 19 September – 2 October 2017
Drawing inspiration from Dutch artist and master of light Jan Van Vemeers, as well as Enlightenment artist Henri Rosseau, Helena McConochie’s exhibition ‘enLIGHTen’ features large-scale cropped flowers which explore the subtleties and softness of light. Exhibiting at Art2Muse Gallery in Double Bay from 27 September to 10 October 2016, Helena’s sophisticated floral arrangements bask in the glow of her illuminating enquiry.
Helena’s ambition is to show the viewer that a flower is more than just a flower. Margaret Olley said “Flowers can be appreciated by the viewer as just a flower or can be explored deeper almost as a Landscape.”
“Flowers bloom in almost every colour of the spectrum and appeal not only to the visual sense, but to the olfactory too. The fine texture and lines of a flower can easily be obtained by careful brush strokes forming the shape, modelling them, introducing the colour and creating transparency in the flower. One of my favourite artists, early Avant-Garde artist, Georgia O’Keeffe, creates abstract pieces that demonstrate beautiful work of rhythm, movement, colour, depth and form. This artistic direction provides inspiration for my paintings that reflect the detail and depth of the flowers.”
Helena achieved distinctions at Diploma Level in a Fine Arts Course which included painting, drawing, art history, photography and Photoshop. Using a limited palette of just white and three prime colours allows Helena explore the beautiful world of creativity, with each colour on her palette unique. A quote from Monet “Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment”.
Helena has managed to produce a unique body of work that has entered the Sydney commercial and residential markets. The invitation to be Resident Artist with the Maternity Section at Dubbo Base Hospital was an extremely easy decision and a great honour as of the some mothers don’t receive flowers. The introduction of Textiles with her paintings printed on them has been another area that Helena has entered, by covering chairs and providing unique prints for curtains.
Helena also entered the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman and has been exhibiting at Art2Muse Gallery several times a year. Along with a substantial number of commissions annually Helena enjoys the enormous challenge before her.