Shire artist celebrates the colours of Bali

Memories of Bali is the theme of a new solo exhibition of works by Sutherland Shire artist Helen Dobrovich which is opening tomorrow night.

This is her first solo exhibition and Ms Dubrovich uses it to celebrate the gardens, birds, temples and colours of Bali.

Colourful memories: “Serenity in the Garden of Peace” by Helen Dubrovich, one of the works on display at her “Memories of Bali exhibition.

Colourful memories: “Serenity in the Garden of Peace” by Helen Dubrovich, one of the works on display at her “Memories of Bali exhibition.

Ms Dubrovich has lived in Sutherland Shire for more than 40 years. After completing a Fine Art Certificate at Gymea TAFE, she worked as a photographer.

Since retiring she has dedicated most of her time to art.

Memories of Bali showcases 19 paintings of her paintings that are a mixture of watercolours, pastels, and combined oils and acrylics.

She describes her work as “traditional but a bit impressionistic, sometimes a bit on the abstract side.”

For her exhibition she decided to focus on Bali which she has visited many times over the years.

“Every time I went back I felt like I had returned to my second home,” she said.

“When I decided on a theme for my solo exhibition, Bali immediately came to mind.

“When I started painting scenes of Bali my style started changing and becoming more colourful,” she said.

“People have told me that looking at my paintings makes them happy with the bright colours and shapes.

“I’m influenced by the Impressionists and the Russian artist Ivan Bilibin who was a 20th century illustrator and stage designer who was inspired by Slavic folklore.

‘’He did beautiful, illustrative work that tells a story. I like my paintings to tell a story.”

There will be a silent auction of one of her works, Bathtime, on the night with money raised going to the McGrath Foundation.

Memories of Bali is showing at the ArtShine Gallery, 3 Blackfriars Street, Chippendale from March 3 to 16.

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