Helen McCullagh

Helen McCullagh

  • Artist’s Statement

    “A love of oil paint, and colour theory in general is the drive behind my work. A combination of soft layers and thick impasto areas informs my process, with a preference for intuitive colour mixing rather than preplanning. The still life form offers the perfect subject matter to deeply explore colour, it’s contrast; it’s dance. I paint as a means of meditation, as a way of discovering, of learning what works and why. Pattern, colour and composition being the main focus.

  • Biography

    Helen is best known for her bright, contemporary and aesthetically beautiful still life oil paintings. Helen holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southern Cross University. She is a professional artist who shares her knowledge and techniques as an art educator and previously at the Gallery of Modern Art. Her work is internationally sought after and regularly reviewed. She is a significant prize winner and was most recently received Highly Commended in the prestigious Muswellbrook Art Prize (2015). Helen’s work is often featured in interior magazines including Belle, Real Living, Home Beautiful, Country Style and House and Garden along with international publications Martha Stewart Living, Vein (Spain), Libelle (Netherlands). Her work is also featured on blogs such as Design Sponge and The Jealous Curator.
    Helen is a past student of Downlands (2004)

  • Influences

    I’m strongly influenced by the modernists and more particularly Henri Matisse, Andre Derain, Vuillard, Bonnard, Margaret Preston and Fairfeld Porter”.

  • Awards

    Highly commended Muswellbrook Art Prize

  • Exhibitions

    2021 ‘Summer Salon’ Michael Reid Studio Direct, Sydney
    2020 ‘An Unlikely Romance’ Michael Reid Studio Direct, Sydney
    2020 ‘Autumn Group Show’ Fenton & Fenton
    2018 No Peace in Quiet, Curated by Aimee Turulli and The Project Agency, Melbourne
    2018 We are One, Sydney Road Gallery, Sydney
    2018 StudioGalleryMelbourne Launch exhibition
    2018 Solo AK Bellinger Gallery
    2017 Life/Still, Saint Cloche, Sydney
    2017 School a Gift, Charity Exhibition, Fenton & Fenton
    2016 'Hinterland Hues' Art2Muse Sydney 12 - 25 April 2016
    2016 'Ambience Store Project' Ambience Store, Brisbane, curated by Carrie McCarthy
    2016 'A Place we Dream of' - Michael Reid Gallery
    2015 'Summer Group Show 15', Fenton & Fenton, Melbourne
    2015 Fleurt, Saint Cloche, Paddington, curated by Amber Creswell Bell
    2015 Fenton & Fenton, Melbourne Australia
    2015 'Terrigal in Bloom' KAB Gallery Terrigal
    2015 43rd Muswellbrook Open Art Prize - Highly Commended
    2015 Fenton & Fenton, Melbourne Australia
    2015 KAB Gallery group show, Terrigal
    2014 Finalist "Caldera Art Prize" - Tweed Regional Gallery/Caldera Art Gallery, Murwillumbah
    2014 "Bentley Art Prize" - Bentley
    2010 Winner - "Stanthorpe Art Prize" - Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Stanthorpe
    2010 Downlands College Art Exhibition - Toowoomba
    2010 "Velveteen Dream" - Bleeding Heart Gallery - Brisbane - SOLO
    2010 Padua College Art Exhibition - Padua College, Brisbane
    2009 "Transit" Graduate Exhibition - Southern Cross University, Lismore
    2009 Downlands College Art Exhibition, Toowoomba

  • Website


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Helen McCullagh

Parrot tulips & Poppies
43 x 33 x 5cm Oil on Poly Cotton Canvas $1,100.00

Helen McCullagh

Orchids & Hydrangea
43 x 33 x 5cm Oil on Poly Cotton Canvas $1,100.00

Helen McCullagh

Parrot tulips & Poppies II
43 x 33 x 5cm Oil on Poly Cotton Canvas $1,100.00