Born in South Africa 1946
Hélène Grove is a Queensland-based artist. Through her commitment and dedication to her art, Hélène has won and been a finalist in some of Australia's most sought-after art awards, including the Dobell Drawing Prize in 2007 and the Wynne Prize in 2003.
Her Archibald entries of 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 were hung at the Salon de Refuses in Sydney.
Hélène has had many solo and group exhibitions in Australia as well as England, South Africa and Norfolk Island. Her work is represented in many institutional, municipal and private collections through-out Australia and overseas.
Hélène loves the challenge of moving in and out of abstraction and realism "never knowing where I might end up".
PORTIA GEACH MEMORIAL PRIZE 2013
Australia’s most prestigious award for female artists, the Portia Geach Memorial Award has been awarded annually since 1965 after being established by Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister, artist Portia Geach. This year’s exhibition features 58 portraits “painted from life of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters and Sciences including portraits of well-known Australians including actors Roy Billing, Rachel Ward, Ben Mendelsohn and designer Akira Isogawa.
This year Hélène Grove has been named winner of 2013 Portia Geach Memorial Award.
Queensland-based artist Hélène Grove has been announced as the winner of Australia’s most famed portrait prize for women, the 2013 Portia Geach Memorial Award. Ms Grove – who established her painting career in the 1990s after a career in medicine - won the $30,000 prize for her self-portrait, entitled Self Portrait: Getting On.
On winning the Award, Ms Grove said: “I’m so humbled and honoured to have been named the recipient of this year’s Portia Geach Memorial Award. The Award plays such a prominent role in promoting the efforts and endeavours of Australian female artists.”
The judging panel – comprised of S.H. Ervin Gallery Director, Jane Watters; Artist and Sydney College of the Arts Senior Lecturer, Dr Lindy Lee; and Artist, Ben Quilty – selected Ms. Grove’s acrylic on Belgian linen from a pool of 58 finalists.