Helga Groves


Born Queensland 1961; lives and works Melbourne

Helga Groves' sensitive and meticulous practice encompasses painting, drawing and three dimensional forms. Her works embody a rigorous but personal investigation of geological sites and natural phenomena. Carefully balancing geometric patterns, colour and tonal layers, she creates 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 the Sydney College of the Arts. She completed a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) with Honours, in 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. Selected group exhibitions include The Ron & George Adams Collection, MOP Gallery, Sydney 2011; Australian Art for Berlin, Gitte Weise Gallery, Berlin 2009; Points of Departure, Tobey Fine Arts, New York, USA 2007; P.O.W. (Personal Other World), Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra 2006; Good Vibrations: The Legacy of Op Art in Australia, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne 2002; Phenomena: New Painting in Australia #1, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 2001; and Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane 1999.

Groves was the recipient of a 2010 Australia Council for the Arts Studio Residency in Helsinki. Other residencies include the Moira Dyring Studio, Cite International des Arts, Paris in 2002 and Moet et Chandon Australian Art Fellowship, France, in 1997, Asialink residency in Vietnam, in 1992. Her work has been acquired by major state institutions, including 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 and UQ Art Museum, Brisbane.


GROVES_Below Sea Level 2007_Catalogue essay (PDF)

Altitude_A conversation between Jonathan Nichols and Helga Groves, August 2009

Helga Groves _ Essay by Doug Hall_2011

Helga Groves CV 2017

Artwork by Helga Groves

Lithic (topology series #2) Orange Lichen, 2015

oil paint, medium and wax on wood
94 x 94cm