Helen Maudsley

Helen Maudsley utilises visual analogy, graphic imagery and abstraction to describe inner and outer worlds in a distinct and personal palette, opening up our view of the world with its many juxtapositions. Her poetic titles function as an entry point to her multi-facetted paintings and drawings. Concepts of power, authority and permission are examined, the artist championing exploration, complexity and ambiguity.

Helen Maudsley attended the National Gallery Art School in Melbourne from 1945–1947, and during the 1960s gained a Graduate Diploma in Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne.

Maudsley has had solo exhibitions regularly since 1957, recent exhibitions include: Our Knowing and Not Knowing, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne (2018); Our Knowing and Not Knowing, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2017); and When Shoes leaves Foot, West Space, Melbourne (2015). Her work is held in a number of important public collections, including the British Museum, London, UK; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; as well as a numerous of private collections. Maudsley’s work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions including, most recently: Chaos & Order - 120 years of collecting at RMIT, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne (2018); Painting. More Painting., ACCA, Melbourne (2016); and Lurid Beauty: Australian Surrealism and its Echoes, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2015).

Helen Maudsley’s interest in the dialogue between art and the viewer extends to her teaching practice: she has taught at the Centre for Adult Education since 1968, and has been involved with various art appreciation programmes including at: Christie’s Education Programme, University of Western Australia, National Gallery of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria, and Ian Potter Museum, Melbourne University.

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The Rose Petal Scrolls, become the Scrolls of our Ancient Past; of the Law; of Wigs, still worn. The Hands of Now, of Doing. The Pear that is Flesh and Heart. The Conflict with Arrogance. Also, the Flicker of Life, and the Question Mark., 2014, oil on canvas, 74.5 x 80.5cm, 16667

The Rose Petal Scrolls, become the Scrolls of our Ancient Past; of the Law; of Wigs, still worn.
The Hands of Now, of Doing. The Pear that is Flesh and Heart.
The Conflict with Arrogance.
Also, the Flicker of Life, and the Question Mark.
2014
oil on canvas
74.5 x 80.5cm
16667

Selected Stock

Helen Maudsley
The event of being, the pear, the flesh, the mind, the brain also the shield becomes the emblem becomes the face becomes the head becomes the coins of transaction. from civilized to savage; crashing along., 2011
isograph with ink on lead point base on paper
86 x 58cm
15662

Helen Maudsley
Nearly; but Not. You’re not what I thought you were., 2012
Nearly; but Not. You’re not what I thought you were.
26.5 x 22.8cm
16700

Helen Maudsley
The Innate and Secular Presence of God. The Innate presence of the Feral., 2014
oil on canvas
60.5 x 88cm
16670

Helen Maudsley
To be Part of, 2017
oil on canvas
94.5 x 86cm
20200

Helen Maudsley
He Thinks He Knows. She thinks she Doesn’t. If He doesn’t get it, there’s Nothing to Get. The Ancient Coil, that is Ear; Question Mark; Pendant; The Shepherd’s Crook and Christianity; The Golden Section; the Shell; also the Pre-Humanity Mollusc. The Hands that Do, that Save, that Shelter – and the little one runs away. The Significant Other – I am One with You. The Pillar; of Civilization; Authority; Glory; of I, Me, the Self, the Ego. And the Landscape of Hope, 2015
oil on canvas
94 x 67cm
20186

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