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Helena MCCONOCHIE

Helena McConochie’s work is recognisable by the colours and the large-scale, slightly cropped flowers she paints. With 3 acres of rural garden and a passion for macro photography she photographs her flowers and then closely crops each image before turning to her canvas to give them a new life in a modern context.

Obsessed by a love of flowers and colour, McConochie uses the limited palette system consisting of white and three prime colours to mix her natural hues, shades and tone. She creates light, shade and dimension in colours that appear remarkably real. Waterdrops appear on all McConochie’s paintings as an encouragement to people to conserve water and, coming from a family of three girls and with four daughters of her own, she gives all her paintings female names.

Inspired by the well-known artists American painter Georgia O'Keeffe (1887–1986) and Australia’s Margaret Olley (1923-2011), McConochie has produced a unique body of work. Absorbed in her brush strokes, she forms the shape of the flower, modelling it, introducing the colour and creating transparency in each exquisite one. These very careful brush strokes create the fine textures and lines in each artwork. Her slightly-cropped, almost translucent images of an ephemeral subject are evocative, drawing the viewer in deeper to another time, another landscape.

With yearly solo exhibitions in Sydney and Canberra as well as gallery representation and annual entries in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize, McConochie’s art is now appearing on textiles.