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 and mixed medium. She loves painting water and landscape. 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, and strong tonal contrast. After a trip to Vanuatu [2010] she completed a series of abstract works based on the strident colour and. textures of tropical vegetation. More recently, [2011] she has followed her interest in life drawing with an extensive series of nudes in pencil and wash.During her trip to Cambodia this February she went to Ta Prohm, Siem Reap. The crumbling stonework of this ancient temple is caught up in  massive tree roots which seem almost to be consciously crushing the stone Helen is now working on a series of works in yellows , oranges and terra cotta exploring the forms and textures of this extraordinary ruin.  Helen has exhibited work in galleries in Queenscliffe, South Yarra, Warrandyte, Williamstown, Aireys Inlet, North 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 Hawthorn Artists Society. 

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