Sub Rosa

Trevor Richards, Helen Smith

A spatial encounter between two senior Western Australian artists. Smith and Richards respond to the theme of concealment and secrecy. In Sub Rosa the duo have elaborated site specific works drawn from their current practice.


Untitled(Star) (2016); synthetic polymer on canvas; 163 x 188cm

Greyscale Wall Painting (2016)
synthetic polymer on wall; 320 x 1260cm

Self (2010-16); video loop; edition of 10

Richards is a Fremantle based artist whose practice encompasses painting, sculpture, video, photography and installation. He is widely recognised for his formally structured, minimalist approach to painting that is informed by his sustained engagement with a limited range of colours and an admiration for the commonplace.


Warm White, Cool White (Arc Drawing #19) (2016)
oil on canvas, 150 x 150cm

Untitled (2016)
synthetic polymer on canvas on wall, 100 x 100 cm

Stuxnet (2016)
synthetic polymer on wall, 3.2 x 11.5m

Reunification Series # 73 - 80 (2016); found photographic assemblages, sizes variable

Helen Smith’s practice is influenced by a formal, minimalist view-point with simplicity of form and geometric abstraction generally contributing to the outcome. Oil on canvas paintings, large scale wall works and a number of ongoing photographic series derived from an interest in social and cultural systems form the basis for her enquiry.

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Image:Helen Smith, Reunification series # 61, Photographic collage, 11 x 8cm

Trevor Richards acknowledges the assistance of George Howlett in the painting of his wall work.
Helen Smith would like to acknowledge Jeremy Kirwan-Ward’s fortitude and masking prowess for her wall work