Helen Calder
Concern with colour, form and how painting operates in space when freed of its traditional support on canvas and stretcher is at the heart of Helen Calder's practice.

In her three-dimensional paintings, we are offered a direct engagement with the materiality of paint, its colour, textural possibilities and weight. Here painting engages with the history of abstraction and pushes at its limits to adopt the terrain of sculpture. Space becomes the artist's canvas with her suspended paint skins, as she calls them, creating sensory compositions.

Based in Christchurch, Helen graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Canterbury in 2003. Her work is held in private and public collections including the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the Christchurch Art Gallery, the Chartwell Collection, the Fletcher Trust Collection and Simpson Grierson Collection. Recent exhibitions include Kaleidescope: Abstract Aotearoa, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2018, Qualia 760-620, Enjoy Public Gallery, Wellington, 2014, Burster Flipper Wobbler Dripper Spinner Stacker Shaker Maker, curated by Justin Paton and Felicity Milburn, Christchurch Art Gallery, 2014; and Unpainted, Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin 2014.
YRB
2015
Helen Calder
paint skins, silicon chord
1400 x 500 x 500 mm (dimensions variable)
YRB
2015
Helen Calder
paint skins, silicon chord
1400 x 500 x 500 mm (dimensions variable)
Yellow Blue Red Black
2020
Helen Calder
Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch
Yellow Blue Red Black
2020
Helen Calder
Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch
Fluid Arrangement
2009
Helen Calder
Fluid Arrangement
2009
Helen Calder
Installation view
2021
Helen Calder
Installation view
2021
Helen Calder
Green Remnant
2021
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod
400 x 200 x 120mm
Green Remnant
2021
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod
400 x 200 x 120mm
Te Papa permanent collection
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Helen Calder
Te Papa permanent collection
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Helen Calder
Polychrome Stack
2017
Helen Calder
paint skins, steel
Polychrome Stack
2017
Helen Calder
paint skins, steel