Helen Ansell collection by Helen Ansell

ANSEL

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Description

Helen Ansell has a deep sense of connection with the Australian landscape and refers to the area where she lives outside of Geraldton as her backyard. Whilst she has an affinity with the Mid-West, Helen has also travelled extensively throughout the state which is the inspiration for her paintings, illustrating her interest in the broader Western Australian environment, particularly its fauna and flora.

Helen is a self-taught artist and her work has emerged outside the academy. She continues to live and work on the margins, isolated from the nexus of artistic production in the city. Whilst residing in regional Western Australia has presented Helen with obstacles to pursuing an arts career, working with the distinct social and cultural context of the regions has allowed her space for creative experimentation Helen’s vibrant decorative paintings have an unmistakable sense of composition and colour, with meticulous brushwork and a celebratory spirit which enlivens the canvas.

Helen’s choice of subject matter is an expression of the memories she imbues of living close to the land. Helen’s interest in wildflowers has been catalysed by the time she spent as a child on her father’s station collecting native seeds and her experiences growing up in Ulullua, a remote Aboriginal community outside of Wiluna where she learnt the Martu language and often visited country with older women.

Helen is striving for a new interpretation of nature with design driven work which depicts wildflowers, birds and plants. ‘I’m interested in how a small ordinary flower is blown up to be larger than life, each colour is dramatised, each shape simplified.’ In her finely composed paintings Helen paints elegant, long stemmed kangaroo paws, sunbursts of protea, and banksias blossoming into cone-like forms in bold, graphic forms.

Helen Ansell's collaboration with Peta Riley is 'Mulla Mulla Designs' also based in Geraldton, Western Australia.

Aspects stocks a rotating range of Helen Ansell's original paintings, canvas prints and mounted prints.

Made in Western Australia.

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