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 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.

She also posts some of her work to @helen.mcinnis.painting on Instagram.

Solo exhibitions

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

Group exhibitions

2020 Of Colour and Light,West End Art Space, North Melbourne

2019 20 [2020], 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)