Helga Groves’ sensitive and meticulous practice encompasses painting, three dimensional forms, drawing and animation. Her works embody a rigorous but personal investigation of geological sites, geophysical processes and natural phenomena. Carefully balancing topographical patterns, colour and tonal layers to create compositions rich with movement and luminosity, which capture the energy and light of her subject matter. The underlying power of Groves’ work lies in its ability to permeate the senses and minds of the viewer, conjuring vivid memories of the physical experience of place. Helga Groves studied at Sydney College of the Arts. She completed a Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Diploma (Visual Arts) from 1985 - 1988, and a Master of Arts (Visual Arts) in 2000. She has exhibited extensively throughout Australia and abroad, including regular individual exhibitions with Sutton Gallery since 1999.
Groves has been awarded several Australia Council for the Arts grants including a Project Grant in 2016; she was the recipient of the ROI Prize, Melbourne in 2015; and completed a Public Art Commission for the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, in 2012. She undertook an Australia Council for the Arts Studio Residency in Helsinki, Finland in 2010. Other residencies include the Moira Dyring Studio, Cite International des Arts, Paris, 2002; Moet et Chandon Australian Art Fellowship, France, 1997; Asialink residency in Hanoi, Vietnam, 1992. Her work has been acquired by major state institutions, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; UQ Art Museum, Brisbane and Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne.
Helga Groves Island 2016
oil paint, wax and medium on wood, 94 x 94cm, Courtesy of the artist © the artist
Helga Groves Subterranean Flow (detail) 2004
pigment and medium on linen, 60 x 60cm, Courtesy of the artist © the artist
Meteor Weavings (study) #1 2019 2019
Iridescent oil paint, wax and medium on copper, Courtesy of the artist and Sutton Gallery © the artist