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 λ, 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.
Fluid Arrangement
2009
Helen Calder
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Fluid Arrangement
2009
Helen Calder
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Yellow Blue Red Black
2020
Helen Calder
Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch, -
Yellow Blue Red Black
2020
Helen Calder
Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch, -

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Violet Blue
2019
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod, 325 x 220 x 115mm
Violet Blue
2019
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod, 325 x 220 x 115mm

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Turquoise Fold
2021
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod, 215 x 900 x 120 mm
Turquoise Fold
2021
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod, 215 x 900 x 120 mm

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Mauve Ochre
2021
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod, 345 x 210 x 80 mm
Mauve Ochre
2021
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod, 345 x 210 x 80 mm

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Green
2021
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod, 180 x 900 x 120 mm
Green
2021
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod, 180 x 900 x 120 mm
Yellow Green
2021
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod, 345 x 210 x 80 mm
Yellow Green
2021
Helen Calder
acrylic paint skin on steel rod, 345 x 210 x 80 mm

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