Helen Hanrahan


Red Nude
W/C CHAR 50x40cm
Blue Nude
W/C CHAR 50x40cm
High Tide - Near Apollo Bay
W/C 40x45cm
W/C 40x40cm
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About Helen Hanrahan

Helen Hanrahan has been a keen painter since her early teens. She works in watercolour, charcoal, ink and mixed medium. She loves painting water and seascape. Movement, light, transient weather effects and the randomness of nature are common themes. Random effects of water paint can become part of the work Some images are semi-abstract or abstract. Helen often uses vibrant, dissonant colour. She enjoys the contrasting textures of wash, wax and pastel with paint or ink, and strong tonal contrast. More recently, [2014] she has followed her interest in life drawing with an extensive series of nudes in ink and wash. After her trip to Cambodia in 2013 she worked on ink drawings of the crumbling temple ruins in Seam Reap. Following that, she completed a series of flower studies with bamboo ink drawing and vibrant colour wash. She won the Hogan Gallery Award in the Brunswick Street Gallery Small Works Exhibition in 2015 for a pair of minimalist nude ink drawings. Subsequently she was invited to exhibit with 3 generations of artists in her family in "Generations" at Brunswick Street Gallery. Her love of water and water texture has reemerged last year after visiting Luang Prabang in Laos- an exquisite old town surrounded by rivers with spectacular water falls.She worked on a series of vibrant abstract images exploring the liners and textures made by the movement of water.In the Small Works this year she took on the challenge of drawing her black cat Inka - a quirky extension of her passion for life drawing. Helen has exhibited work in galleries in Queenscliffe, South Yarra, Warrandyte, Williamstown, Aireys Inlet, North Fitzroy, Fitzroy, Balwyn,Clifton Hill and Hawthorn. She currently has work at Eagles Nest Gallery, Aireys Inlet. She regularly exhibits with the Contemporary Art Society and Brunswick Street Gallery.

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