Helga Groves


Born Queensland 1961; lives and works Melbourne

Helga Groves' sensitive and meticulous practice encompasses painting, three dimensional forms, drawing and animation. Her works embody a rigorous but personal investigation of geological sites, geophysical processes and natural phenomena. Carefully balancing topographical patterns, colour and tonal layers to create 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 Sydney College of the Arts. She completed a Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Diploma (Visual Arts) from 1985 - 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 solo exhibitions include: Limitless Horizons: Vertical Perspective, GOMA, Brisbane, 2017; Tremor of Form, Milani Gallery, Brisbane, 2017; Optical Terrane, William Wright-Artist Projects, Sydney, 2015; Suspended Animation, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; and Divining Water, Gitte Weise Gallery, Berlin, 2008. Selected group exhibitions include: Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo and Artist Profile: Australasian Painters 2007 - 2017, Orange Regional Gallery, NSW, 2017; Tidal: City of Devonport National Art Award, Devonport Regional Gallery, Tasmania, 2016; Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize, National Art School Gallery, Sydney, 2015; Symphonic Encounters, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2012; Ten Years of Contemporary Art: The James C. Sourris AM Collection, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 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 has been awarded several Australia Council for the Arts grants including a Project Grant in 2016; she was the recipient of the ROI Prize, Melbourne in 2015; and completed a Public Art Commission for the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital, Brisbane, in 2012. She undertook an Australia Council for the Arts Studio Residency in Helsinki, Finland in 2010. Other residencies include the Moira Dyring Studio, Cite International des Arts, Paris, 2002; Moet et Chandon Australian Art Fellowship, France, 1997; Asialink residency in Hanoi, Vietnam, 1992. Her work has been acquired by major state institutions, including the 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; UQ Art Museum, Brisbane and Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne.


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

Essay by Ingrid Periz

2018 Helga Groves CV

Artwork by Helga Groves

Lithic (topology series #2) Orange Lichen, 2015

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