Helen McInnis lives and works in Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia.
She paints in oils and, more recently, in acrylics. Her work ranges from small works on paper to larger paintings on canvas.
She studied Fine Art, Painting at RMIT in the early 1970s and left without graduating, then in the later 1980s studied art part-time at the Melbourne College of Advanced Education. She graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature) from LaTrobe University.
She has painted all her life, while also doing other things, but in the last few years has focused on her art. She is interested in colour, the effects of layering, the illusion of light, tone, mark-making, mood and ‘poetics’. As a non-verbal art form she sees her painting as akin to music, especially jazz, yet links her painting, sometimes, to the written word, eg ideas presented in novels and poetry (by others).
She also posts some of her work to @helen.mcinnis.painting on Instagram.
2022 Recitation, Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne
2021 Boat Songs, Tacit Galleries Collingwood
2021 Variations, Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne
2018 Heartlands: a translation, Tacit Galleries Collingwood
2017 Syncope, Soma Brunswick
2010 Windows and Skies, 69 Smith Street Fitzroy
2010 How Long? Ararat Regional Art Gallery
2006 Landscapes, Old Mill Gallery Avoca
2020 Of Colour and Light,West End Art Space, North Melbourne
2019 20 , Tacit Galleries Collingwood
2009 Reclaiming, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery
2008 Lexton 20th Anniversary of Landcare
2008 Avoca 20th Anniversary of Landcare
1994-96 Women’s Gallery Fitzroy, and Mechanics’ Institute Brunswick
Virtual exhibitions during lockdown
2020 Mapping the Journey (11 Oct 2020 – 11 Jan 2021)
2020 Listening, http://www.kunstmatrix.com/en/helen-mcinnis (10 Aug-10 Oct)