helen amyes

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4th March 2016

Working in series,these little “picasso fish” were created from Tasmania’s Mercury newspaper and posted off to various mail artists and assembling book projects to “swim” through the postal system, or some were wrapped in newspaper envelopes with “chips”from old cookery books. Making multiples like this is fun as one idea leads to another and the work feels more like play, or a series of experiments. Sadly one recipient, the Australian artist Richard Larter “Dick” had passed away.

 

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1st January 2015

lazarusstudy003forblog


New work for a new year!

Collage study from a series Lazarus Rising, about the burnt landscape round here from the Tasmanian fires of 2013, coming back to life. New shapes emerge as the forest grows back.Some of the mark making was taken from a field trip to Woodvine’s Reserve, Forcett,Tasmania. This will now be worked up into a large abstract painting.

materials used include Atelier interactive acrylic paint, Koh i noor progresso aquarell grahite sticks,stabilo aquacolor pencil,dress makers tissue on Art Spectrum Draw and Wash textured 210gsm paper.

I try to use Australian made products where possible to support the industry.


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31st october

hortus002


An abstract drawing from the series of eight titled “Hortus” [Garden].
Shapes taken from succulent leaves in the strong Australian light and shade with small surprises.

These works start off on a large sheet of paper which then gets chopped up to create new compositions sometimes in a random fashion. I do this in part to simplify images as i have a tendency to get too fussy. Also i like the freedom to be fairly playful and just enjoy the mark making process without too much thinking and always with plenty of loud music.This translates to plenty of energy in the work, and hopefully some happy accidents?

The frottage [rubbing] elements are taken from an op shop silver plate cake stand using the graphite stick.Gesso is scraped on with a palette knife creating a layering effect.

media include artist spectrum black ink, atelier interactive acrylic paint,marker,gesso, biro and koh i noor progresso aquarell graphite stick on heavy water colour paper.

25th april 2014

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25th april 2014

“Frida looks on”,part of a painting “Line”, completed recently. from the series Paintings from a Small House. About the small tasks of everyday life made beautiful in the natural world.
media acrylic paint with wax rubbings [taken from the environment] collaged on board.
this work is for sale, prints at http://www.redbubble.com/people/helenamyes