Gallery 9 acknowledges that our building stands on the land of Traditional Owners. We acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation and pay respects to Elders past and present.

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Helen Smith

Helen Smith’s work is influenced by a formal, minimalist view-point with simplicity of form and geometric abstraction generally contributing to the outcome. Oil on canvas paintings, large-scale wall works and a number of ongoing photographic series derived from an interest in social and cultural systems form the basis for her enquiry.

Helen Smith was born in 1963 in Cooma, New South Wales. In 2000, she graduated from Curtin University of Technology, with a Bachelor of Arts. Since 2002 she has been an active member of the Australian Centre for Concrete Art (AC4CA).  

Helen Smith’s practice is influenced by a formal, minimalist view-point with simplicity of form and geometric abstraction generally contributing to the outcome. Oil on canvas paintings, large-scale wall works and a number of ongoing photographic series derived from an interest in social and cultural systems form the basis for her enquiry. Together with Jeremy Kirwan-Ward she has collaborated on a number of site specific, large-scale wall works including an installation in the Art Gallery of Western Australia, in Hegenheim, France and at the Institut Fur Alles Mogliche in Berlin. 

In 2018 Helen participated in an artist’s residency with artisan print maker Sally Gimson in the United Kingdom and exhibited with Institut Fur Alles Mogliche in Berlin. She has participated in research residencies at Point B Residency in New York and in 2013 at the Institut Fur Alles Mogliche in Berlin. 

Her works are included in the collections of National Gallery of Australia, the Daimler Collection in Berlin, Artbank, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Australian Embassy in Madrid, Curtin University Collection, The University of Western Australia, Murdoch University, Bankwest, Hebel_121 Collection and various private collections in Australia and Europe.

Selected works

HELEN SMITH
Blue Highway #43 2020-21
oil on canvas
137 × 213 cm

HELEN SMITH
Blue Highway #46 2021
oil on canvas
137 × 213 cm

HELEN SMITH
Blue Highway #47 2021
oil on linen
133 × 213 cm

HELEN SMITH
Executive Orders 13769 and 13780 2018
oil on canvas
150 × 150 cm

HELEN SMITH
PP #1 2020
oil on linen
40.6 × 38 cm

HELEN SMITH
PP #2 2020
oil on linen
40.6 × 38 cm

HELEN SMITH
Untitled Diptych #2 2020
oil on linen
36 × 61 cm

exhibitions

GROUP SHOW
22 November – 21 December 2021
GROUP SHOW

BOOTH H07 | SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY 2021 AT GALLERY 9
11 November – 27 November 2021
GROUP SHOW

GEMS FROM THE STOCKROOM III
14 July – 02 August 2021
GROUP SHOW

GEMS FROM THE STOCKROOM II
19 May – 12 June 2021
GROUP SHOW

BLUE HIGHWAY
24 February – 20 March 2021
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Helen Smith

Solo Exhibitions

2002-21 Australian Centre for Concrete Art (AC4CA)
2012 Lecturer Curtin University of Technology
2000 Curtin University of Technology - Bachelor of Arts, Art, First Class Honours 1988 Curtin University of Technology - Bachelor of Arts, Design
2021 Blue Highway, Gallery9 Darlinghurst, Sydney
2020 A False Baroque, Gallery There at Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne 2019 Nightfill, PS Space Amsterdam NL
2018 Blue Highway, Art Collective WA, Perth
2016 Sub Rosa, PSAS Art Space, Fremantle – with Trevor Richards
2015 WA Focus, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

Sydney Contemporary ‘15, Carriage-works, Sydney
2013 Zwei Waende, Institut Fur Alles Mogliche, Neukoelln, Berlin
2010 ‘Do you want the truth or something beautiful’ GoddarddeFiddes Gallery with Jan van de Ploeg 2009 Portobello Split, Hebel_121 Gallery, Basel, Switzerland - with Jeremy Kirwan-Ward

Wallworks, Art Gallery of Western Australia - with Jeremy Kirwan-Ward 2007 Soft Edge, Hard Edge, Goddard de Fiddes Gallery, West Perth

'Making Space' MOP Gallery Redfern, Sydney - with Jeremy Kirwan-Ward
2006 SNO, Marrickville, Sydney - with Jan van de Ploeg, Bordello Series, PIAF, Perth Concert Hall 2005 Paintings for Houses, Goddard de Fiddes Gallery, West Perth
2004 Stichting Chiellerie Gallery, Amsterdam - with Jan van der Ploeg

The Golden Apple, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Northbridge, Perth

Ho Jo, Winston Hotel, Amsterdam
2003 Gesso Paintings, Goddard de Fiddes Gallery, West Perth

Gesso Paintings, MOP Projects, Redfern, Sydney - with Pam Aitken 2001 Paintings and Photography, Perth Galleries, Subiaco, Perth
2021 Fremantle Biennale Australian Centre for Concrete Art Project
2020 Nnotations SNO168, Sydney Non Objective Sydney

Spin Cycle, Stephan McLaughlan Gallery Melbourne

Concrete Expanded Holmes a Court Gallery @ no 10, West Perth 2019 20 Jahre Hebel_121, Accrochage und Katalogue, Basel

SNO159, Sydney Non Objective, Sydney
Casula Power House Project, Sydney Non Objective, Sydney Conkret Painting, Holmes a Court Gallery, Margret River

2018 SNO 149 Objective Photography Leichhardt, Sydney, Slow Moves, Stutzpunkt Teufelsburg, Institut Fur Alles Mogliche, Berlin, The Mobile Post Card Show, Institut Fur Alles Mogliche, Berlin SNO149, Sydney Non Objective, WA Unlimited, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

2017 SNO 136, Budapest Art Market, Budapest, weep for painting, MARS gallery, Melbourne
2016 Paint + Object, Annadale Galleries, Sydney, SNO 125, Sydney Non Objective, Marreckville Sydney

Assemblage, John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, WA
2015 Shimmer and Pool, Annadale Galleries, Sydney
2014 One Place After Another, AC4CA Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Northbridge

SNO 108, 30/30 Image Archive Project, Marrickville, Sydney
2013 Bliss, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia
2012 Australian Centre for Concret Art @ FABRIKculture, Hegenheim, France

AC4CA Print Port Folio, Paris Concret, Paris [email protected], Ballhaus Ost, Berlin
2011 Konkrete 2, Goddard de Fiddes Gallery, West Perth
2010 ”painthing (as one)” Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide
2008 'Non Objektiv' Gesellschaft fur Kunst und Gestaltung, Bonn Germany
2007 Pink, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
2006 Take Off, Hebel_121 Gallery, Basel, Switzerland,Non Objective Sud 06, La Barraliere, France

AC4CA 2006, G & A Gallery, Surrey Hills, Sydney, FotoFreo International Photographic Festival,

Summer Exhibition, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne, ABN AMRO Emerging Artists Award, Sydney
2005 Wall Power, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Flux 2, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery,University of

Western Australia, ARCO Artfair, Madrid, ABN AMRO Emerging Artists Award, Sydney,

Collectie Chiellerie in Hotel Winston, Amsterdam
2004 Conversations, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Konkrete, Goddard de Fiddes Gallery, West Perth

Nikon Summer Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy, Melbourne 2003 Red Light District - Images of Desire 3, Artwalk, Staatsliedenbuurt, Amsterdam

Christian Boltanski’s Fax Project, Independence, South London Gallery, London

Opening Show, MOP Projects, Redfern, Sydney
2002 Painting and Phenomenology in Perth, Goddard de Fiddes Gallery, West Perth 2018 Artizan Editions Residency, Gloucestershire UK
2014 Point B Residency - New York
2013 Institut Fur Alles Mogliche Residency, Neukoelln, Berlin
2012 Artsource, Residency - New York
2012 City of Albany, National Art Prize (winner) and Residency
1999 Outstanding Achievement Award, Graduating Student - Painting, Curtin University Leigh Robb, Julian Goddard, Hubert Besacier One Place After Another, published PICA, 2014 Sally Quin Some thoughts on Beauty and Bliss, Westerly 58:2, 2014
Jenepher Duncan Wall Power, Artists in Focus, Art Gallery of Western Australia, 2005

Selected group Exhibitions

Research Residencies

Awards Bibliography

Selected National Gallery of Australia, Artbank - National Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Daimler Art Collections Collection Berlin, Australian Embassy - Madrid, Louis Vuitton Collection, John Curtin Gallery - Curtin University

of Technology, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery Collection - University of Western Australian & various private collections

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