Helen Oprey is an emerging Australian artist originally from Sydney, now based in The Southern Highlands of New South Wales. She is known for her layered work that exemplifies her love for the interaction between colour and texture. Oprey’s experience as a social worker has had profound influence on her work where she examines the complexity of emotions and personal circumstances through the comparatively arbitrary elements of linework and patterning, with startling affect.

Despite this, often emotional, theoretical foundation her work is playful and her technique spontaneous, where her own feelings and concepts take her on a fluid and vivid creative journey. Oprey explores various subjects via her work, where she depicts scenarios, landscapes and more recently portraiture, however common to all pieces is her moniker of opposing colour joined through a careful jig saw-like compilation of bespoke shapes. She uses various mediums and techniques to achieve this distinctive style.

Helen states, “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 have been exposed to innocence (and) wonder. All these elements combine to influence my art.

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.”

Oprey was a finalist in the Southern Buoy Portrait prize in Melbourne in 2020, and in the same year was a finalist in the Lethbridge small scale Art awards in Brisbane.


2019 Modern Love, AKBellinger, Inverell NSW
2019 Threesome International Group Show, 19 Karen, Gold Coast QLD
2018 Summer Exhibition, The Milk Factory, Bowral NSW
2017 Where Are They Now? (Group Exhibition), Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral NSW
2016 Trailblazing Women of Herstory, Global Womens Project, Melbourne VIC
2016 Happy Group Exhibition , 19 Karen, Gold Coast QLD
2015 RED Expressionism Group Show, 19 Karen, 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


2020 Finalist – Goulburn Art Award, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, NSW
2020 Southern Buoy Portriat Prize, Fishers, Southern buoy studios, Melbourne, VIC
2020 Finalist –  Lethbridge Small Scale Art Award, Brisbane, QLD
2018 Finalist – John Copes Portrait Prize
2018 Finalist – Belle Property Art Award Bowral
2018 Finalist – Bowral Pirtek Still Lfe Awards
2018 Finalist – Fisher’s Ghost Art Award
2018 Finalist – Goulbourn Regional Art Prize
2018 Finalist – Cambridge Studio Gallery Portrait Prize
2018 Finalist – Queensland Contemporary Art Awards
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


Highlife Magazine, FEB 2017