Helen Oprey

Represented Artist

Helen Oprey

Represented Artist

Helen Oprey’s works are inspired by her environment. As a social worker, she was exposed to the vulnerable, the wonderful and the wacky. Since becoming a mother she is exposed to innocence, wonderment and mother stress. All these elements combine to influence her art. Her paintings are a combination of playful creatively and thoughtful contemplation hoping to capture something both beautiful, and meaningful. Never planned, sometimes an idea is prompted by a moment in life which drives her to put paint to canvas. Allowing a love of colour and experimentation to take her on a carefree journey before her adult mind takes over.

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ARTIST STATEMENT

I Like to paint the colourful, the thoughtful and the wacky. My work is inspired by my environment. As a social worker I have been exposed to the vulnerable, the wonderful and the wacky. Since becoming a mother I am exposed to innocence,
wonderment and mother stress. All these elements combine to influence my art. My paintings are a combination of playful creativity and thoughtful contemplation hoping to capture something both beautiful, and meaningful. I do not plan my paintings but sometimes an idea is prompted by a moment in life which drives me to put paint to canvas. I allow my love of colour and experimentation to take me on a carefree journey before my adult mind takes over. One that must respect that art is an attempt to capture freedom of expression within the confines of balance, harmony and integrity. I therefore use a variety of mediums and techniques in my paintings. I have had a passion for art all my life and I hope you enjoy my work.

EXHIBITIONS

2016 Happy Group Exhibition hosted by Sofitel Hotel curated by 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace
2015 RED Expressionism Group Show, 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD
2015 Linden Postcard Show, Linden New Art, Melbourne – Participating Artist
2012 Bowral Public Art Show – Fundraiser – Invited Artist
2012 Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral, NSW – Invited Artist
2005 Envirosax – Art series for range of bags

ACHIEVEMENTS

2017 Finalist Wyndham Art Prize, Werribee
2016 FINALIST- PIRTEK STILL LIFE PRIZE 2016, BOWRAL ART GALLERY
2016 Finalist Greenway Art Prize. Leichhardt
2016 Finalist Meroogal Women’s Art Prize, Nowra
2016 Goulburn Art Award – FINALIST
2016 Ryde Women’s Art Prize – Community Category – HIGHLY COMMENDED
2016 Kirrbilli Centre 40th Anniversary Art Prize – FINALIST
2016 Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Award – FINALIST
2016 Mardi Gras Regional Art Prize hosted by Kiama Cultural Arts Network – FINALIST
2015 Contemporary Art Awards, Brisbane – FINALIST
2015 We Get By Art Award, Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle – FINALIST
2015 Little Things Art Competition, Saint Cloche Gallery, Paddington – SELECTED ARTIST
2004 Bangalow Country Show, Bangalow, NSW – OVERALL ART WINNER
2003 Bangalow Country Show, Bangalow, NSW – ADULT ART WINNER

Publications

Highlife magazine, FEB 2017
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