A new annual program dedicated to displaying the work of Western Australian artists, WA Focus showcases recent and new work by local artists, selected to represent a mix of gender, experience and medium.

AGWA will work closely with Western Australian artists and the art community to present exhibitions that display the range and depth of our state’s creative talent.

Helen Smith’s practice spans painting, photography and site specific installation that incorporates a minimalist approach to geometric forms while reflecting her interest in social and cultural systems. Her working method is the same across the various media she employs and derives from her view of each work as a container for the idea.

Her paintings and photographs of 2000 to 2014 selected from the Collection will be shown for the first time together to demonstrate the subtle inter-relationship of these two streams of her practice alongside new paintings she has created for the exhibition.

Artist Talk
2pm, Saturday 22 August : Free 
Join Helen in the WA Focus space as she gives audiences an insight into her artistic practice.

Outside in the Perth Cultural Centre
Through a partnership with the MRA, a complementary installation work by Helen Smith called Blue Highway #16 and Jeremy Kirwan-Ward Untitled, both AC4CA Projects, are also on display in the Urban Orchard.

Credit: Helen Smith May 2014 Alighiero e Boetti from Wikipedia, United Nations 2014 (detail) oil on canvas 150 x 210 cm State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia Purchased through the Sir Claude Hotchin Art Foundation, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Art Collective WA © Helen Smith, 2014

Image: May 2014 Alighiero e Boetti from Wikipedia, United Nations 2014 (detail) oil on canvas 150 x 210 cm State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia Purchased through the Sir Claude Hotchin Art Foundation, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2014 Courtesy of the artist and Art Collective WA © Helen Smith, 2014

Where

Art Gallery of WA

Perth Cultural Centre (Bounded by Roe Street, Beaufort Street, Francis Street, William Street) Perth WA 6000

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