Helena McConochie: ARTesian
357 New South Head Road, Double Bay, NSW, 2028, Australia
19th September 2017 to 25th September 2017
Helena McConochie's latest body of work 'ARTesian' features florals scattered with waterdrops, striving to bring attention to the importance of water conservation for the longevity of rural Australian flora and fauna. The Great Australian Artesian Basin is the lifeline to large cattle stations in rural Australia. As our population continues to grow, it is imperative to conserve our water. The McConochie property "Willancorah" where Helena lived for 14 years is located in the centre of the Macquarie Marhes which is listed on The Ramsar Convention of Wetlands. The McConochie's property has an abundant garden and amazing birdlife, with the largest Ibis Rookery in the Southern Hemisphere. Helena's large-scale oil paintings offer an exploration into the exquisite beauty, colour and contour of flowers. With three acres of rural garden and a passion for macro photography, Helena first photographs her floral subjects before reproducing them on canvas in contemporary and cropped compositions. Helena has held numerous solo exhibitions and her work has reached Sydney commercial and residential markets. Her work can be found extensively in private collections and she produces a substantial number of commissions annually.