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Helen Keen

Originally an acclaimed ceramic artist, Helen Keen’s painting techniques emerged from this foundation. Developed over 35 years of arts practice, Keen manipulates texture using Encaustic Wax, mixed media, acrylic and oil, exploring abstraction, colour, gestures and mark making. Helen currently works from her home and studio in West Auckland.

In her 2023 exhibition, Me Myself and Monet, Helen created her own interpretations of Monet’s Water Lilies in acrylic and discovered elements of Impressionism have found their way into her constantly evolving practice. Her latest collection of works, Depth of Fields, further explores her love of impressionism, combining a sense of nostalgia with her own contemporary approach to art making.

Keen’s Encaustic works fuse hundreds of strokes in molten wax to form impressions of “floral fields” and landscapes. Refined colour palettes emerge through many layers of wax creating an ethereal haze as if the viewer is recalling a distant memory. “Essentially I consider myself a story teller exploring subtle nuances that unfold and reveal through time and observation.”

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