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.
As an artist Sue creates paintings that capture elements of the natural world. Over the past two years Sue has partnered with the Gascoyne Food Council, as their Artist-in-Residence, making paintings that represent various aspects of food production in the region. This successful collaboration was the catalyst for Sue’s first solo exhibition From The Source: A Landscape of Food” held in 2018 and her second solo exhibition ‘Frontier of Food’ in August 2019. This work has provided Sue with an increased awareness of the importance of bees in agriculture which has inspired a new body of work that she is currently developing.
“I am interested in immersing myself in the natural world of colour and texture and as a painter I am inspired to capture beauty. Painting is a gentle journey for me as my art making begins outside in the field deeply immersed in painting colour studies while absorbing what’s going on around me. Once back in the studio I build on this work in layers of rich oil paint, allowing 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.
Sue is currently accepting commissions for 2020.