Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. Having previously lived in London, Evelyna Helmer currently lives and works in Sydney, Australia.
The latest exhibition, Broken Open is a departure from figurative painting.
For personal reasons, it was a time NOT to commit to the exterior world, rather commit completely to the limitlessness of the interior world. Finding a place where you are not aware of yourself, as difficult as that is, into a place where many things can happen. Relinquish technique and gain something else.
Along with opening restrictions, studying ancient Hindu text lead to a creation of a new visual language. How does one represent the most primal feelings, drives and purpose into expression? The circle, the egg, square and triangle represent universal concepts of nature, spirit and the universe.
Formlessness is created by the many layers of colour, applied and worked into the linen. Fine lines of 24kt gold found in the paintings are the influence of the Japanese concept of Kintsugi. A tradition of repairing broken pottery with gold to celebrate the history of the object and make the piece more beautiful than the original. Broken is beautiful.
Its technique and abandoning technique.
Its going inward to go forward.
Its about loss to see things new.
Creating an abstracted personal symbolic vision
Education and Work Experience
1984 B.A. Art History, University of Illinois
1985 B.F.A Photography, Columbia College, Chicago Illinois
1983-98 Commercial Photographer, Reportage, Fine Art Photography
2004-06 Certificate of Horticulture, Kew Gardens, U.K.
2008-11 Study traditional techniques of drawing and painting at Lavender Hills Studios, Battersea, London, U.K. and Princes Drawing School, London, U.K.
2018 Broken Open Thienny Lee Gallery, Edgecliff, Sydney
2016 New Work by Evelyna Helmer, Stables Perisher Valley, NSW
2013 Pictures of Alex and Other Works Martyn Cook Antiques, Redfern, Sydney
2018 ASHREI Art Prize – Category Winner
2018 Waverley Art Prize – Finalist
2014 BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK (Olympian) – Submission
2013 Archibald Prize, AGNSW Sydney (Alexei Almoukov Olympic Biathlete) – Submission
2012 Archibald Prize, AGNSW Sydney (James Brown, Military Fellow) – Submission
Several corporate and private commissions in Australia and USA.
Art works held in corporate and private collections in Australia, USA and UK.