‘I’d describe my work as playful, colourful representations of the Australian landscape’, says Newcastle-based artist Ileigh Hellier. Her smudgy, colourful paintings depict loose representations of the natural world – not just what she sees in front of her, but what’s up in the sky and below the ground. Layers of topography are laid flat in a brilliantly fresh and elegant, yet childlike way.
There’s a little bit of abstract Ken Done present in Ileigh’s paintings – and as it happens, Ken is at the top of the list of artists she admires. Ileigh is a finalist in the 2020 Glover Prize, an annual art prize for landscape paintings of Tasmania.
Around $300 – $850 (and varied depending on gallery commissions)
Where to find it
You can see Ileigh’s work in the Glover Prize finalist exhibition, opening March 6th at the Falls Park Hall in Evandale, Tasmania.
An abstract group show at Allison Kate Bellinger Gallery in Inverell, NSW opening on March 12th.
A show Purple Noon Gallery on the Hawkesbury River, NSW, opening on April 4th.
A show at Back to Back Galleries in Newcastle, NSW, opening July 10th.