Sue Helmot is a contemporary painter who lives and works nestled in the remote landscapes of the Gascoyne region. Over a decade ago Sue moved from Melbourne lured by the opportunity to explore creative challenges in Western Australia. A shift from city living to a pared back lifestyle in the North West coastal town of Carnarvon, has allowed Sue to focus on her painting, establishing her art practice which she has successfully sustained on a full time basis.
Predominately working in oils, Sue immerses herself in natural and cultivated landscapes, with the Gascoyne being a major source of inspiration for her solo show Frontier of Food held during August 2019. This followed a successful collaboration with the Gascoyne Food Council which began in 2018 and was the catalyst for Sue’s first solo exhibition From The Source: A Landscape of Food.
“I am interested in layers of colour and texture found in the landscape and as a painter I am inspired to capture beauty. Painting is a gentle journey for me as my art making begins with quiet time deeply immersed in the landscape making colour studies and absorbing what’s going on around me. Once back in the studio I build on this using layers of oil paint, giving each painting the time that it needs to evolve.” Sue Helmot
Sue Helmot holds a Bachelor of Arts graduating from Victoria College in Melbourne. Sue’s work has been shown in galleries across regional WA and in Melbourne, with pieces in private collections throughout Australia. Her works have been featured in Farm Weekly’s Ripe Magazine and on the Yagan Square digital tower in Perth.