Helen Oprey

Represented Artist

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 , 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD
2015 RED Expressionism Group Show, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD
2015 Linden Postcard Show, Linden New Art, Melbourne  VIC
2012 Bowral Public Art Show – Invited Artist, Bowral NSW
2012 Milk Factory Gallery – Invited Artist, Bowral NSW
2005 Envirosax – Art series for range of bags

ACHIEVEMENTS

2018 Finalist – Belle Property Art Award Bowral
2017 Finalist – Queensland Contemporary Art Awards
2017 Finalist – RSASA Portrait Prize
2017 Finalist – Wyndham Art Prize
2017 Finalist – Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Award
2017 Finalist – Queer Art Prize
2016 Finalist – Pirtek Still Life Prize
2016 Finalist – Greenway Art Prize
2016 Finalist – Meroogal Women’s Art Prize
2016 Finalist – Goulburn Art Award
2016 Highly Commended – Ryde Women’s Art Prize – Community Category
2016 Finalist – Kirrbilli Art Prize
2016 Finalist – Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Award
2016 Finalist – Mardi Gras Regional Art Prize
2015 Finalist – Contemporary Art Awards
2015 Finalist – We Get By Art Awards
2015 Selected Artist – Little Things Art Competition, Saint Cloche Gallery
2004 Overall Art Winner – Bangalow Country Show
2003 Adult Art Winner – Bangalow Country Show

Publications

Highlife magazine, FEB 2017
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