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Helen Norton Noah


Helen Norton Noah


Exhibition runs from 15 - 30 November 2011 Opening drinks with the artist Tuesday 15 November 6 - 8pm

1046 High Street Armadale, Melbourne, Australia. Ph: 03 9509 8292 melb@libbyedwardsgalleries.com www.libbyedwardsgalleries.com


Helen Norton Noah Helen Norton is an established Australian artist with a long record of highly acclaimed exhibitions, having shown throughout the country and abroad. In 1985 the artist settled in Broome where she developed her unique style and ‘essence as an artist’. This was an exciting period when Broome was absorbing international cultural influences and the place was alive with visitors thanks to the efforts of English entrepreneur Lord Alister McAlpine. Along the way to Broome she had experienced an eclectic mix of adventures. She wove her path consistently through the Gibson, Great Sandy, the Simpson and Sturt’s Stony deserts after leaving St Kilda at the tender age of 16 on this life-transforming journey. Living in the 90’s in Queensland, Helen continued to exhibit whilst completing a Masters Degree in Analytical Psychology. She now lives peacefully in the Perth hills after time spent in Vanuatu and Fremantle. The ‘theme’ for this Melbourne exhibition is described by the artist as “...a congealing of ideas and images coming from the ‘current’ contemporary psychological mood worldwide. I think we are struggling with our loss of a sense of security in the world…I want to make the queer feeling of losing control into images, despite how frightening it feels. Using some iconography of old stories of disaster and rescue (e.g. Noah’s Ark), to help me along, interlaced with ‘familiar things’ from everyday life (trams and identifiable locations) and the encounter between. The work will be a juxtaposition or paradox of our cultured civilization facing up to some rather primitive and bothering matters. Global warming, Mayan Calendars, Immigrants or invaders...and isn’t that what we are? Extremists who know no boundaries, and are grown in our own gardens with love, Globalism, technological invasions, and the loss of the secret sacredness of our lives – e.g. hello Facebook world. All these things stir up odd feelings in comfortable civilized communities, mostly because they trigger core survival instincts and leave no place alone. We don’t sit on a tram or under a tree and dream, we text and blog! There is no secret place. The ‘nest’ is under threat. I am making the paintings about this feeling, the feeling of strangeness about being in control at the same time as having none at all.” Norton has exhibited throughout Australia, London and aboard the QE2. Her deep and often disturbing paintings have been collected worldwide.


The Capture of Enkido, 2010 Oil on canvas 150 x 200 cm


Special Tram, 2011 Oil on belgian canvas 91 x 91cm


Sure Line, 2011 Oil on belgian canvas 91 x 91cm


Which Fish Was Special, 2011 Oil on belgian canvas 91 x 91cm


They Rested And Were Followed, 2011 Oil on belgian canvas 91 x 91cm


Tree of Life - He Would Need To Take Some By Force, 2011 Oil on canvas 120 x 66 cm


It Seemed Like A Land Of Plenty, 2011 Acrylic on canvas 91 x 66 cm


Memories At A Waterhole, 2010 Gouache and watercolour on paper 100 x 70 cm


Horse And A Tree, 2010 Gouache and watercolour on paper 70 x 100 cm


Good News Was Rare, 2011 Oil on canvas 92 x 46 cm


They Waited, 2010 Gouache and watercolour on paper 76 x 57 cm


He Admitted Twice It Was Difficult, 2011 Acrylic on canvas 50 x 50 cm


Thousands Came But They Wouldn’t All Fit, 2011 Acrylic on canvas 50 x 50 cm


They Had Forgotten the Basics - Like How to Fly, 2011 Oil on canvas 50 x 50 cm


Cross Section, 2011 Watercolour and gouache on paper 25 x 28 cm


He Took It For A Ride, 2011 Gouache and watercolour on paper 25 x 28 cm


They Were So Busy They Missed It, 2011 Watercolour and gouache on paper 25 x 28 cm


Other Things, 2011 Watercolour and gouache on paper 25 x 28 cm


He Always Wanted A Bit More, 2011 Watercolour and gouache on paper 25 x 28 cm


They Had The Same Shape, 2011 Watercolour and gouache on paper 25 x 28 cm


1046 High Street Armadale, Melbourne, Australia. Ph: 03 9509 8292 melb@libbyedwardsgalleries.com www.libbyedwardsgalleries.com


Helen Norton Online Catalogue 2011