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b. 1955, New Zealand

Helen Calder Biography

Concern with colour, form and how painting operates in space when freed of its traditional support on canvas and stretcher is at the heart of Helen Calder's practice.

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In her three-dimensional paintings, we are offered a direct physical and retinal engagement with the materiality of paint, its weight and colour. Here painting engages with the history of abstraction and pushes at its limits to adopt the terrain of sculpture. Space becomes the artist's canvas with her suspended paint skins, as she calls them, creating sensory compositions.

Based in Christchurch, Helen graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Canterbury in 2003. Her work is held in private and public collections including the Christchurch Art Gallery, the Chartwell Collection, the Fletcher Trust Collection and Simpson Grierson Collection.

Recent exhibitions have included Qualia 760-620 λ, Enjoy Public Gallery, Wellington, 2014, Burster Flipper Wobbler Dripper Spinner Stacker Shaker Maker, curated by Justin Paton and Felicity Milburn, Christchurch Art Gallery, 2014; and Unpainted, Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin 2014.

Text courtesy Bartley & Company Art.

Helen Calder Featured Artworks

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Aqua Remnant by Helen Calder contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Helen CalderAqua Remnant, 2021acrylic paint skin on steel rod
50 x 35 x 8 cm
Bartley & Company Art Contact Gallery
Green Remnant by Helen Calder contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Helen CalderGreen Remnant, 2021acrylic paint skin on steel rod
40 x 20 x 12 cm
Bartley & Company Art Contact Gallery
Yellow Green Remnant by Helen Calder contemporary artwork painting
Helen CalderYellow Green Remnant, 2021acrylic paint skin on steel rod
25 x 10 x 20 cm
Bartley & Company Art Contact Gallery
Blue Remnant by Helen Calder contemporary artwork painting
Helen CalderBlue Remnant, 2021Acrylic paint skin on steel rod
68 x 30 x 10 cm
Bartley & Company Art Contact Gallery
Multi remnant by Helen Calder contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Helen CalderMulti remnant, 2021acrylic paint skin on steel rod
60 x 60 x 10 cm
Bartley & Company Art Contact Gallery
Blue Orange by Helen Calder contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Helen CalderBlue Orange, 2020acrylic paint skin on steel rod
103 x 54 x 10 cm
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Bartley & Company Art
Red Split II by Helen Calder contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Helen CalderRed Split II, 2021acrylic paint skin on steel rod
33.5 x 60 cm
Bartley & Company Art Contact Gallery
Pyrrole Orange by Helen Calder contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Helen CalderPyrrole Orange, 2019Acrylic paint and steel
170 x 90 x 11 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery

Helen Calder Recent Exhibitions

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