WA TALENT IN FOCUS
d442068 PERTH artist Helen Smith cannot remember a time she was not interested in art.
Coming from a family of engineers, Smith creates formalist minimal abstract works in painting, photography and site-specific installations.
She was chosen by the Art Gallery of WA as its next WA Focus exhibition talent, a new annual program dedicated to showcase the recent and new work of local artists.
The exhibition has been curated by Jenepher Duncan and spans Smith’s works from her final year at Curtin University in 2000 to 2014.
“It is a tremendous opportunity and I’m very grateful to have been selected,” Smith said.
“I think the program will benefit a lot of WA artists by giving them a profile and exposure in our State gallery.”
Smith said when she and Duncan selected the works, they were surprised to see the correlations between the older and newer pieces.
The exhibition has been hung chronologically, beginning with her Pink Monochromes, created while at university.
Five works from this series will be taken by Art Collective of WA to Sydney Contemporary 15 international art fair in September.
Smith will give a free talk on August 22 at 2pm.
Artist Helen Smith’s work has been chosen by the Art Gallery of WA to be exhibited.