Helen Maudsley

Helen Maudsley’s work is obsessive, both in refinement and labour. In her drawings abstract shapes are constructed from thin lines and cross-hatching, shadowing worked up through dense webs of short pen strokes. From this, fragments of buildings and landscapes emerge, caught between cylinders, circles and cubes. Patterns are formed through repeated shapes and in the fine cross-hatching. There are glimpses of an architectural order that are never confirmed. Robert Nelson has written of her work as “consummately lyrical,” and mentions that they “resolve their forms with impeccable balance” (The Age, 21 July, 2000).

A senior Melbourne artist, Helen Maudsley has had solo exhibitions regularly since 1957. Her work is held in numerous public collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria. 

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The Rose Petal Scrolls, become the Scrolls of our Ancient Past; of the Law; of Wigs, still worn. The Hands of Now, of Doing. The Pear that is Flesh and Heart. The Conflict with Arrogance. Also, the Flicker of Life, and the Question Mark., 2014, oil on canvas, 74.5 x 80.5cm, 16667

The Rose Petal Scrolls, become the Scrolls of our Ancient Past; of the Law; of Wigs, still worn.
The Hands of Now, of Doing. The Pear that is Flesh and Heart.
The Conflict with Arrogance.
Also, the Flicker of Life, and the Question Mark.
2014
oil on canvas
74.5 x 80.5cm
16667

Selected Stock

Helen Maudsley
The Yellow Light, 1960
watercolour and gouache on paper
45.5 x 68cm
20240

Helen Maudsley
Barbara Blackman, 1960
watercolour and gouache on paper
61 x 62.5cm
20239

Helen Maudsley
The event of being, the pear, the flesh, the mind, the brain also the shield becomes the emblem becomes the face becomes the head becomes the coins of transaction. from civilized to savage; crashing along., 2011
isograph with ink on lead point base on paper
86 x 58cm
15662

Helen Maudsley
From Each One’s Mindscape. Staying Part of It., 2013
isograph with ink on lead point base on paper
28 x 24cm
16701

Helen Maudsley
The Innate and Secular Presence of God. The Innate presence of the Feral., 2014
oil on canvas
60.5 x 88cm
16670

Helen Maudsley
To be Part of, 2017
oil on canvas
94.5 x 86cm
20200

Helen Maudsley
I’m Above You. You’re Below Me. I Know, You Don’t. It’s My Sovereignty. I Want to be in It; There’s Nothing to be in On What’s the Code, There is no Code This is Rubbish and you’re not Getting Away with It. I’m not Below You. Scrambling to Get. Scrambling to Prevent. The Hands that Save; and the Ancient Scroll, Part of Us, 2015
oil on canvas
114 x 82cm
20186

Helen Maudsley
You Know Something that I don’t, and I Want it; I’m the same as You No you’re Not. You've got something I haven't got. I haven’t Got what you think I’ve Got. Yes You Have and you wont let me Have it, but if I Match you, I’ll Get it. When you find out I Haven’t Got what you think I’ve Got. I will be your Enemy. If I don’t Get it and Everyone else Does, I’ll look Stupid, so I Pretend to Get it, but I’ll Hate you. When No one Gets it, I’ll join the Pack and Kill you. If you withstand this, You’re Mad, 2015
oil on canvas
64 x 78cm
20190

Helen Maudsley
He Thinks He Knows. She thinks she Doesn’t. If He doesn’t get it, there’s Nothing to Get. The Ancient Coil, that is Ear; Question Mark; Pendant; The Shepherd’s Crook and Christianity; The Golden Section; the Shell; also the Pre-Humanity Mollusc. The Hands that Do, that Save, that Shelter – and the little one runs away. The Significant Other – I am One with You. The Pillar; of Civilization; Authority; Glory; of I, Me, the Self, the Ego. And the Landscape of Hope, 2015
oil on canvas
94 x 67cm
20186

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