Lot 111

Fair Market Value $500

gouache, watercolour, chalk and graphite on rag paper
artist chop and signature lower right;
signed, titled and dated on artist label verso;
framed with archival mat

The art of Helena Hadala reflects an ongoing dialogue between her European roots and her artistic/philosophical experience with the Orient and Aboriginal culture in Australia. Born in 1953 in Calgary, she completed her undergraduate studies in art at the University of Calgary, followed by her continued education in visual arts at the Berkeley Extension Center in California and graduate studies in fine arts at the University of Calgary. She has taught drawing at the Alberta College of Art + Design and at the University of Calgary. Hadala traveled to Japan in 1980, where she studied Japanese wood-block printing at the prominent International Hanga Academy under Toshi Yoshida in Nagano-ken, followed by private studies in Japanese panel-and scroll-making techniques under Nakaji Ichikawa in Tokyo. While in Japan, she became fascinated with oriental philosophy, which views painting as a refined form of philosophical meditation. The rich terrain of ambiguity existing between the two philosophically antithetical cultures of Orient and Occident and her continued interest in Australian Aboriginal culture, have provided Hadala with fertile ground for her exploration of nature- and symbol-based abstractions.  Since 1980, Hadala has participated in several international art residencies, and individual and group exhibitions held at prestigious galleries in Canada, Western and Central Europe, Hong Kong, Japan and in Australia. Her works are held in many public, private and corporate art collections in Canada and abroad. Helena Hadala holds an MFA from the University of Calgary. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in the USA, Finland, Poland, Czech Republic, Hong Kong and Japan. Her works are in private, public and corporate collections including the Canada Council Art Bank, Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Nickle Arts Museum. Helena maintains a full time studio practice and works in mixed media, painting, printmaking and installation.

Donated by the Artist


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