Helen Dubrovich

Helen Dubrovich

Artist’s Statement

SOLO EXHIBITION- "MY WATERCOLOUR WORLD"

TALES FROM MY TRAVELS -"Passport, paint, and picture”

5 - 24 March 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday 10 March 2018. 1 -3 pm



Travel and painting. Both things that I love to do. The travel bit came about when I was around twelve years of age and I was taking private lessons in painting with my first art teacher, a Russian artist that my father knew.

My teacher told me stories about when he had travelled to so many lands, seen so many cultures and so many people. My teacher was the one who put the idea into my head that I needed to travel and see the world and see how other people lived.

When I married in my early twenties I flew to Europe with my husband and travelled for three months from London to the Scandinavian countries, throughout Europe and down to Turkey. Later we flew to Japan and fell in love with that country returning again and again.

Later, when I was on my own I travelled to Russia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Korea, Cambodia and the list goes on. I had the travel bug. I planned trips when I was still working and that was what got me through the days. The planning was part of the joy. I took a massive amount of photos which I used as references for my paintings later on. Often using a number of photos and making a composite to suit the painting I wanted to create.

When I was asked to do another solo show I had no idea what to paint. But when I thought about it I realised I wanted to share my travels over the years but through my paintings and as they say a picture is worth a thousand words. So appropriately I’ve called this solo show “My Watercolour World”. Enjoy the show.

Biography

Helen Dubrovich, born in Germany of Russian parents, migrated to Australia when she was three. When quite young Helen started to travel overseas and this influenced her work which is quite eclectic. Helen has chosen to work in a variety of mediums with various subject matter, rather than sticking to one genre as she felt staying with one type of subject and one medium would lead to boredom not only to herself but to her viewers.

Helen studied art at East Sydney Technical College and photography, then started a career in this medium after completing the Photography Certificate at Ultimo T.A.F.E.
She pursued her career in photography but found little time to paint during this period.

Influences

Helen’s interest in art was reawakened again after travelling extensively overseas and she resumed painting realizing this was her true passion.

Further studies included certificates in art, ceramics and weaving at Gymea Technical College as well as numerous workshops in Australia and overseas.

Helen has always loved the Impressionists which influenced her work but has also been open to learning new techniques which she has incorporated into her work. Working in oils and watercolor, depicting various subjects, she then started to expand into acrylics and pastels. Her work has been shown at various exhibitions over the years and Helen continues to strive to bring variety to her work which encompasses images which are imaginative, at times romantic and colorful.

Awards

• 2012 Sutherland Shire Art Society 39th Annual Art Exhibition – 2nd prize portraits and nudes

• 2012 Sutherland Shire Art Society – 2nd Prize mixed media

• 2012 St George Art Society Artwork of the month October

• 2013 St George Art Society People’s Choice -March

• 2013 St George Art Society People’s Choice – July

• 2013 St George Art Society Artwork of the month October

• 2013 Maritime Museum CASS Finalist

• 2014 Maritime Museum CASS exhibition

• 2014 Continuum Art Society exhibition Highly Commended
• 2015 Art On Board Commpetion -ArtSHINE Gallery - Highly Commended

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2016 March
"Memories of Bali"
ArtSHINE Gallery, Chippendale

2014 December
2015 January
Bundanoon Club, Southern Highlands


Group Exhibitions

2015 March
"Colour Spectrum"
Group Show
ArtSHINE Gallery, Chippendale

2015 January
Art of Sydney Awards Exhibition, Australian Maritime Museum

2014
St George Art Society Annual Awards and Exhibition, Kogarah

Tempe House Art Exhibition, Tempe

Drummoyne Art Society Exhibition, Drummoyne

Art of Sydney Awards Exhibition, Australian Maritime Museum

Continuum Showcase, Hazelhurst, Gymea

Showing 1–10 of 47 artworks

  • Helen Dubrovich

    Another Day

    Watercolour on art paper

    30.0 × 41.0 cm

    Sold

  • Helen Dubrovich

    Bali Flowers

    Acrylic and Ink

    61.0 × 61.0 cm

    Sold

  • Helen Dubrovich

    Broken Hill Backyard View - NSW, AUSTRALIA

    Water colour on art paper

    31.0 × 26.0 cm

    $150.00

  • Helen Dubrovich

    Cape Town - View of Wharves - SOUTH AFRICA

    Water colour on art paper

    31.0 × 26.0 cm

    $150.00

  • Helen Dubrovich

    Desert Dancers - DUBAI

    Watercolour on paper

    41.0 × 33.0 cm

    $350.00

  • Helen Dubrovich

    Dusk Near Sofala

    Watercolour on Arches paper 300 gsm

    57.0 × 74.0 cm

    $850.00

  • Helen Dubrovich

    Fiesta

    Water colour and acrylic on canvas

    61.0 × 47.5 cm

    $850.00

  • Helen Dubrovich

    For You - CAMBODIA

    Watercolour on art paper

    44.0 × 57.0 cm

    Sold

  • Helen Dubrovich

    Friends

    Watercolour

    46.0 × 59.0 cm

    $350.00

  • Helen Dubrovich

    Garden Gate

    Watercolour

    43.0 × 35.0 cm

    $450.00