Helen Wiltshire :: 1945-2011
Helen Wiltshire was a well-known painter. Her highly-coloured, bold and illustrative style epitomised the flora and fauna of tropical far north Queensland, Australia, its reef and rainforest.
From 1980 artist Helen Wiltshire opened commercial galleries in Bingil Bay, Cairns, Mission Beach village, Palm Cove, Port Douglas and on Hamilton Island. These galleries exhibited her paintings as well as the work of many major contemporary north Queensland artists and craftspeople.
Helen Wiltshire exhibited widely across Australia as well as in Japan and the USA. Many business firms commissioned her to produce paintings, prints and murals including the Ayers Rock Resort Company; Cairns Port Authority; Dunk Island Resort; Castaways Resort, Mission Beach; Hamilton Island Resort; Hilton Wintergarden, Brisbane; Land-Rover, North America; Mission Beach Tourism and Trans Australia Airlines for Bedarra Island Resort.
The artist died in Cairns after being ill with cancer for some years.Today the Helen Wiltshire Gallery is owned by her three children Ben,Mandy and Hilary who continue the gallery in her honor. Ben Wiltshire is now an emerging North Queensland artist with his artwork available exclusively at Helen Wiltshire Gallery in Mission Beach.
The Helen Wiltshire Gallery is a beautiful art gallery in Mission Beach displaying paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics and jewellery by local artists. The artists who exhibit in the gallery portray the vibrancy of the tropics encapsulating the exotic flora and fauna of North Queensland. The Helen Wiltshire Gallery is an iconic part of Mission Beach having welcomed artists and visitors to our region for over 30 years. We welcome your enquiries and can provide images direct to you for your convenience. We can also arrange freight of artwork to you.
|1945||Born in Melbourne|
|1963||Graduated in art and design at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Prahran College of Technology, Melbourne|
|1964||Head, Fashion Design, for Ricki Reed Australia, Melbourne|
|1966||Established fashion and furniture fabrics firm Pryntar Fabrics, Melbourne, with husband Stephen Wiltshire and Bee Ewen. In 1967 The National Gallery of Victoria acquired a Pryntar textile swatch book with Helen Wiltshire designs|
|1969||Son Ben born|
|1971||Daughter Amanda born|
|1973||Moved from Melbourne to South Mission Beach, Queensland|
|1975||Lived on Bedarra Island with husband Stephen and children Amanda and Ben|
|1979||Solo exhibition, Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney|
|1979||Moved to Bingil Bay, Queensland; built a house/studio/gallery in Cutten Street|
|1980||Daughter Hilary born|
|1980s||Continued to live part time on Bedarra Island|
|1982||Commissioned by Trans Australia Airlines to produce a series of limited edition prints for Bedarra Island Resort|
|1983||Commissioned by the Mission Beach Resort|
|1983||Solo exhibition, Upstairs Gallery, Cairns: gouache and acrylic paintings produced for Mission Beach Resort|
|1984||Participated in group exhibitions in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego|
|1985||Tradewinds Resort Hotel, Cairns, acquired a collection of silk-screen prints|
|1985||Commissioned to produce 100 silk-screen prints for Castaways Resort, Mission Beach|
|1985||Commissioned by Hilton Wintergarden, Brisbane, to produce a series of limited-edition prints|
|1986||Commissioned by Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort to create a limited-edition print series|
|1987||Solo exhibition, Owen Dixon Gallery (Owen Dixon Chambers), Melbourne|
|1988||Solo exhibition, Upstairs Gallery, Cairns|
|1989||Hamilton Island Resort commissioned a series of paintings and prints for the Resort’s hotel|
|1990||Group exhibition at the Pier Gallery, Cairns, with Samantha Fermo and Jo-Anne Hook|
|1990||Hamilton Island Resort commissioned a second series of paintings|
|1990||Solo exhibition Capricorn Galleries, Melbourne|
|1990||Group exhibition Park Road Gallery, Brisbane|
|1990||Commissioned for the Queensland Government’s year book, On Queensland|
|1990||Work acquired for the Joseph Brown collection, Melbourne|
|1991||Solo exhibition in Nagoya, Japan (reviewed in Nagoya newspaper Chunichi Shinbun)|
|1991||Produced print series Tropical Birds of Australia for the Japanese market|
|1992||Exhibited in Tokyo’s International Art Show, Japan|
|1992||Opened a branch of the Helen Wiltshire Gallery in Cairns|
|1992||Group exhibition, Takashimaya Osaka, Japan|
|1992||Solo exhibition, Tama Plaza, Tokyo, Japan|
|1992||Commissioned to paint a large triptych by the Cairns Port Authority for the Cairns International Airport Terminal arrival lounge area|
|1992||Commissioned by Quicksilver Cruises, Port Douglas for a print series|
|1993||Prints acquired by IBM for its Sydney offices|
|1993||Produced limited edition print series Fruit & Flowers|
|1993||Solo exhibition at Printemps Ginza, Tokyo, Japan|
|1993||Commissioned by Ayers Rock Resort Company for a limited edition print series on the theme of Ayers Rock (now Uluru) and central Australia|
|1993||Solo exhibition at Tama Plaza, Tokyo, Japan|
|1993||Print series acquired for the IBM Collection, Sydney|
|1993||Commissioned by Takashimaya Australia for the limited-edition print series Sydney Harbour|
|1993||Solo exhibition at Nikko Hotel, Sydney|
|1993||Commissioned by J.R. Kyushu, Japan, for canvas painting Fukuoka Fantasy|
|1994||Commissioned by Land-Rover, North America for a limited print edition of 100, Tropical Birds of Australia|
|1994||Produced the limited-edition print series Fantasea Reef|
|1994||Second solo exhibition at Printemps Ginza, Tokyo, Japan|
|1994||Solo exhibition Gallery Chaco Tokyo, Japan|
|1994||Participated in The Australian Fair, Akeno and Uita City, Japan|
|1994||Group exhibition Galleria Minami, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan|
From the 1980s to 2010 the artist opened and ran commercial galleries in Bingil Bay, Cairns, Mission Beach village, Palm Cove, Port Douglas and on Hamilton Island. Further commissions included works for the Cairns Convention Centre; StanwelI Corporation and Conrad-Jupiters Casino, Gold Coast.
Publications include: Germaine, Max. Artists and Galleries of Australia, Volumes 1 & 2, Third Edition. Craftsman Press, Sydney, 1990: Page 735; Germaine, Max. A Dictionary of Women Artists of Australia. Craftsman House, Sydney, 1991: Page 475.
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