Film courtesy of Guildhouse by Colin Haynes

Helen Fuller

Ceramics, Sculpture

Helen Fuller’s prodigious career has seen her work across a multitude of disciplines, including painting, sculpture and installation. In recent years, the Adelaide-born artist has channelled her considerable skills and talent into ceramics, producing hand-built terracotta vessels of exceptional styling. It makes sense to hear her describe this recent body of work as being “more about still life, as in a painted composition, rather than functional ceramic forms – 3D canvasses, perhaps.” In fact, she doesn’t even glaze her vessels so their surface more closely resembles a matte 2D painting.

Fuller has exhibited extensively and her first solo exhibition of ceramics outside of South Australia was held at ANU’s Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra, in 2014. She cites John Cage (who she once had a cup of tea with in Berlin), Dada, Fluxus, Jomon pottery and a 1983 exhibition by ceramicist Stephen Benwell as her main sources of inspiration. But she “also recognises in one’s art practice that there are no boundaries of medium; the medium is just the lubricant that helps you find your language of creative expression”. Fuller’s work is held in a number of private and public collections throughout Australia.


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Solo Exhibitions

2014, Helen Fuller, Drill Hall, ANU, Canberra, Australia
2012, Helen Fuller, POTS Place Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2012, Helen Fuller, BMG Gallery Adelaide, Australia
2011, Helen Fuller, Winding Threads, Central Studio Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
2008, Helen Fuller, beauty and the beast, Place Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Group Exhibitions

2015, Art Prize, Hobart City, Australia
2014, Florabotanica, Adelaide Central School of Art Gallery, Glenside, Australia
2014, Heatwave, Artinformal, Manilla Philippines
2014, Bond Clay Keramics II, Kon Kaen, Thailand
2014, Kirsten Coehlo, Helen Fuller, Bruce Nuske, APTOS Cruz, Adelaide, Australia
2014, Important Exhibition of Australian Ceramics, Dedicated in Memory of Janet Mansfield OAM (1934-2013), Mossgreen Gallery, Armadale, Australia
2014, 28th Gold Coast International Ceramic Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast, Australia
2013, The mind’s eye, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia

Education

1994, Master Visual Arts, University of South Australia
1978, Diploma of Fine Art (Painting), Torrens College of Advanced Education, Adelaide (now known as University of South Australia)
1971, Diploma of Teaching (secondary ART), Western Teachers College, Adelaide, (now known as University of South Australia)

Collections

Arco Coal Australia Inc., Brisbane
Artbank, Sydney
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Australia National Gallery, Canberra
Brisbane City Hall Art Gallery and Museum
Sir John and Lady Cruthers Collection, WA
Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide
Flinders University Art Collection
Gold Coast City Art Gallery
Griffith University, Brisbane
Ipswich City Council Art Gallery
Museum of Contemporary Art, Brisbane
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Parliament House, Canberra
Pembroke School, Adelaide
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
University Art Museum, University of Queensland, Brisbane
University College of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba
Wilderness School, Adelaide

Awards

2015, High commendation, City of Hobart Art 2015 Prize
2014, Acquisition, 29th International Ceramic Art Award 2014, Gold Coast City Gallery
2010 South Australian Ceramics Award