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The listening lady

circa 1955-circa 1956


Helen Maudsley


1927 –

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Melbourne Victoria Australia
    circa 1955-circa 1956
    Media category
    Materials used
    pencil, gouache on paper
    36.3 x 22.6 cm sheet sight; 57.6 x 43.2 x 3.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r. corner., pencil "H.MAUDSLEY". Not dated.

    Edward Hamilton Stinson Fund 2019
    20th-century galleries (ground floor)
    Accession number
    © Helen Maudsley

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    Artist information
    Helen Maudsley

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Helen Maudsley is best known for her complex paintings and drawings that are reflections on human relationships and the surrounding world. They are deeply autobiographical pictorial puzzles of intricate personal symbols and motifs constructed into geometric labyrinthine-like compositions.

    There are distinct phases in Maudsley’s artistic career. Until 1967 she worked predominantly in gouache, watercolour and ink due to space and time constraints caused by a lack of personal studio in her home whilst raising four young daughters. In 1967 her husband, the artist John Brack moved into a purpose-built studio and Helen inherited his old studio in their house. It was around this time that Maudsley returned to working in oil paint, which she had not used since her student days. Maudsley has continued to make her detailed geometric paintings in oil since then, building them up first with drawings in pencil.

    Maudsley’s early works are quite figurative and visually different to her mature geometric oil paintings. This early abstracted nude/skeleton is typical of Maudsley’s early surrealist inspired style.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

Other works by Helen Maudsley

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