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1972 – 1975 South Australian School of Art, Adelaide. Dip Fine Art
1980 Travelled and worked in America and Europe assisted by VAB Travel Grant.
1986 – 1990 College of Fine Arts, U.N.S.W., M.A. Visual Arts.
1988 VACB Residency in New York.

solo exhibitions

2012 Colour and Light, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW

Helen Eager: presenting works from the Allens Art Collection, Allens Linklaters, NSW
2009 Tripartite, Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney
2005 New Directions new work, Depot Gallery, Sydney
2003 Precipice, new paintings, Watters Gallery, Sydney
2000 On the Edge - new work, Watters Gallery, Sydney
1999 Transformed - A Survey 1990 - 1999 Watters Gallery, Sydney
1998 Angle - new paintings, Watters Gallery, Sydney
1996 Connections - new paintings, Watters Gallery, Sydney
1995 Transit - new prints and drawings, Watters Gallery, Sydney
1994 Eclipse of the Moon - new paintings, Watters Gallery, Sydney
1992 Searching the Shadows,  Watters Gallery Sydney
1990 From an Old House in America - large works on paper, Watters Gallery, Sydney
1989 Works on Paper,  Watters Gallery, Sydney
1988 Ceremony,  Watters Gallery, Sydney
  Performance,   Milburn & Arte, Brisbane
1986 Watters Gallery, Sydney
  Michael Milburn Galleries, Brisbane
1984 Michael Milburn Galleries, Brisbane
  Light Charms, Watters Gallery, Sydney
1983 - 84 Helen Eager Prints and Drawings,  Orange Regional Gallery and toured NSW Regional Galleries
1983 Out of Time - drawing and prints, Watters Gallery, Sydney
1981 Recent Works on Paper,  Watters Gallery, Sydney
  Prints and Drawings,  Miller Gallery, Perth, Western Australia
1979 Watters Gallery, Sydney
1978 Pinacotheca, Melbourne
1977 Watters Gallery, Sydney

selected group exhibitions

2012 Interconnected Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
  Abstraction, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
  Ground Up - A Fundraising Exhibition, Damien Minton Gallery Annex, NSW
  paperworks, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
  in (Two) art: The Agapitos/Wilson Annual, S.H. Ervin Gallery, NSW; Orange Regiona Gallery, NSW
  Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Vic
2011 AAA - Australian Abstract Art, Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney
  Artist Artists  Benalla Art Gallery, Benalla, Vic
2010 KIAF 2010, Korea International Art Fair, Seoul, Korea
  Melbourne Art Fair 2010,Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
  The Catalano Collection, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat,Vic
  in [two] art  the Agapitos/Wilson Annual, Maitland Regional Art Gallery,Maitland, NSW
2009 pinned & framed Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney
  The 23rd Annual Packsaddle Selling Exhibition, New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, NSW
  KIAF 2009, Korea International Art Fair, Seoul, Korea
2008 Australian Abstraction, Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney
  Melbourne Art Fair 2008  Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
2007 Sydney Prints; 45 Years of the Sydney Printmakers,  Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor, NSW
  Pairs of Paintings, Utopia Art Sydney,Sydney
  Turning 20 - Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney
2006 Sydney Prints; 45 Years of the Sydney Printmakers, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
  Robert Jacks Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, Vic
  Bits and Pieces - abstract art, Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney
  Melbourne Art Fair 200, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
2005 from big things little things grow, Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney
  Sydney v Melbourne, Silvershot, Melbourne
  Sydney Art on Paper Fair 2005, Bryan Kennedy Hall, Moore Park, Sydney
  Museum II, Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney
2000 Abstraction - Spirit, Light , Pure form, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
  The Australian Drawing Biennale, Drill Hall Canberra, ACT
1999 Silver 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney
1997 Fishers Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Art Gallery, NSW
  Conrad Jupiters Art Prize, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Sufers Paradise, Qld
  13th Biennial Spring Festival of Drawing, Mornington Peninsular Regional Gallery, Vic.
1996 Kedumba Drawing Prize - Invitation Drawing Exhibition, Leura, NSW
  Floressence, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney and touring
  Jacaranda Drawing Award, Grafton, NSW
1995 In the company of women - 100 years of Australian Women's Art from the Cruthers Collection. P.I.C.A. Perth
1994 The John McCaughey Memorial Art Prize,  National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
  Home and Away: Domestic Icons and Daily Life as Art, Gold Coast City Gallery, Surfers Paradise, Qld
1993 - 94 Arrangement: Australian still life 1973-1993, Museum of Modern Art, Heide, Melbourne
1993 Contemporary Australian Paintings: Works from the Allen Allen & Hemsley Collection . Westpac Gallery, Melbourne
1992 Magaret Stewart Endowment, National Gallery Victoria, Melbourne
1991 Interiors, Noosa Regional Gallery, Queensland
  Her Story, S. H. Ervin Museum, Sydney
1990 The Rotary Collection, Australian National Gallery, Canberra
  Paper Works: Drawings, Watercolours, Pastels & Collages, Wollongong City Gallery
  1990 Collection: A Portfolio Of Australian Women Artists,  Macquarie Gallery, Sydney
1988 Tamworth Environs, Tamworth City Gallery and NERAM, Armidale NSW
  A New Generation,  Australian National Galley, Canberra
1987 Moet & Chandon Touring Exhibition,  AGWA and State Galleries
  A New Romance,  Australian National Gallery, Canberra
1986 - 87 Painters' Prints, The Mitchelton Print Exhibition, Benalla, Shepparton,Victoria and touring
1984 Australian Woodcuts and Linocuts from the Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales
  Works on Paper, Campbelltown Art Gallery, NSW
1983 Australian Perspecta 1983, Art Gallery of New South Wales and touring
  The Printmakers Studio, Art Gallery of New South Wales
  New Art - Selections from the Michell Endowment, National Gallery of Victoria
  Some Recent Australian Works on Paper,  Art Gallery of New South Wales
1982 Albury Purchase Award, Albury Regional Arts Centre, Albury
  Printmakers of NSW, The Gallery, NSW House, London , England
1981 Works from Kirktower House, Peacock Printmakers Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland
  Capital Permanent Award, Geelong Art Gallery, Geelong
1980 Drawn and Quartered (Australian Contemporary Paperworks), Art Gallery of South Australia Festival Exhibition, Adelaide
  Interiors, Art Gallery of New South Wales Travelling Art Exhibition 1980 - 1981
  Contemporary Australian Drawings and Prints, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1979 Sixth British International Print Biennale,  Bradford, England
  Tokyo Print Biennale,, Tokyo Art Museum, Japan.
  Art In The Making, Art Gallery of NSW and travelling 1979-1980
1978 Still Life Still Lives, Glenfiddich exhibition, Opera House, Sydney and travelling
1976 Outlines of Australian Printmaking, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat
1975 Young Artists Award, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
  Members Exhibition, C.A.S. Gallery, Adelaide, SA


  Albury Regional Art Gallery        
Art Gallery of New South Wales         
Art Gallery of South Australia
Art Gallery of Ballarat, Vic
Baker & McKenzie
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW      
Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, NSW
Burnie Art Gallery, Tas
Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW
Caulfield Arts Centre, Vic       
C.O.F.A.  Sydney, NSW
Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art
Commonwealth Bank
Deakin University Library, Vic
Fremantle Arts Centre, WA
Greenwood High School, WA
Griffith University, Qld      
Holmes a` Court Collection
Ian Potter Museum of Art, Vic
Ipswich Girls' Grammar School, Qld
Latrobe Regional Gallery, Vic
Los Angeles M.O.C.A. Los Angeles, USA
Maitland Regional Art Gallery
Melbourne University, Vic
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, NSW
N.E.R.A.M. Armidale, NSW
National Gallery of Australia
National Gallery of Victoria       
NSW Parliament Collection  
Newcastle Region Art Gallery, NSW      
Print Council of Australia, Vic
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Tas
State Bank, NSW
Tasmanian Art Gallery, Tas
Tasmanian CAE
University of Western Australia             
WESTPAC - New York              
Warrnambool Art Gallery, Vic
Wollongong Art Gallery, NSW              
Wheelers Hill High School, Vic
Wollongong University Art Collection


2012 Tango wall painting commissioned for the Circular Quay entrance of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
1982 Print Council of Australia, member's print.
1983 Yulara Resort, Northern Territory, 1983: lithograph, edition of 50
1989 Designed and painted set for the National Capitol Dancers, Canberra for the Ballet The Host
1990 1990 Collection: A Portfolio Of Australian Women Artists, Commission Cancer Council of NSW
1993 Redesigned and painted set for the National Capitol Dancers, Canberra for the ballet The Host


reference books

Australian artists' index, compiled by Jan McDonald. Sydney: Arts Libraries Society, Aust. & New Zealand,1986.

Artists and galleries of Australia and New Zealand, edited by Max Germaine. Sydney: Lansdowne Editions, 1979.

Directory 1988 : Australian artists producing prints. Melbourne: Print Council of Australia, 1989.

Directory of Australian printmakers 1982, edited by Lilian Wood. Melbourne: Print Council of Australia, 1982.

Germaine, Max. Artists and galleries of Australia. Brisbane: Boolarong Publications, 1984.

Roseville, NSW: Craftsman House, 1990.

McCulloch, Alan. Encyclopedia of Australian Art. Hawthorn: Hutchinson of Australia, 1984.

Who's who of Australian Women, compiled by Andrea Lofthouse. Sydney: Methuen, 1982.


Drury, Neville. New art two. Roseville, NSW: Craftsman House, 1988. (Includes photos of 2 works and artist, biography and artist's statement)

McKenzie, Janet. Drawing in Australia: contemporary- images and ideas. Sydney; Macmillan, 1986. (Includes photos of 3 works)

1990 collection: a portfolio of Australian women artists. NSW: State Cancer Council, 1990. (Includes photos of work and artist)

Outlines of Australian printmaking: prints of Australia from the last third of the 18th century, until the present day. Ballarat: Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, 1976.

journals (articles)

"Artists to watch" Art and Australia. Sydney, 1983. Vol.20 No.3. p 328. (Includes photo)

Baker, Russel. "Portrait of the artist" Follow me . Sydney: Follow me Publications,

April/May 1987, p 121, 127. (Includes photos of works and artist)

Catalano, Gary. "About the house: The domestic scene in Australian art" Art & Australia. Sydney, Ure Smith, 1984. Vol.21 No.l. p 86

Clare, John. "Emanations of the inanimate: Helen Eager's subtle lithography" Sydney City Monthly. Sydney: Australian Consolidated Press, September 1981. p 108. (Includes photos of 2 works and artist)

Gallery Guide and Newsletter. Sydney: Australian Commercial Galleries Association, 1984. p 6-8. (Includes photo of work)

McPhee, John. "The Rotary collection of art by young Australians" ANG Association News.

Canberra: Australian National Gallery, March/April 1987. p 12-15. (Includes photo of work)

Morrell, Timothy. "Alien corn" Artlink. South Australia, 1989. Vol.9 No.2. p 58-59 (Includes photo of work)

Overton, Sara. "Affordable art: prints" Follow me. Sydney: Follow me Publications,

Oct/Nov 1984. p 151, 156-7 (Includes photos of 3 lithographs and artist)

journals (inclusions)

Art almanac. Sydney, September 1986. (Photo and comments)

Art Almanac. Exhibition Brief – ‘Colour and Light’, Sydney, March, 2012. Also online at http://www.art-almanac.com.au/2012/02/helen-eager-colour-and-light/

Art and Australia. Sydney, Vol.22 No.5. p 453. (Exhibition commentary)

Art Gallery of South Australia monthly news. Adelaide, Vol.l No.10, March 1980. ("Drawn and quartered" information)

Australian National Gallery annual report 1977/78. Canberra: ANG, 1979. p 42 (Details of 5 print acquisitions - name, year, type, size)

Australian National Gallery annual report 1985/6. Canberra: ANG, 1987. p 102 (Details of acquisition - drawing)

Information bulletin, Art Gallery of NSW. Sydney, October, 1979. ("Travelling art exhibition" details)

Information bulletin, Art Gallery of NSW. Sydney, June, 1983. (Front cover photos of artist at work)

New England Region Art Museum annual report. NSW: Armidale City Council, 1987. (Front cover photo of artist's work)

Peacock printshop newsletter. Aberdeen, Scotland, 1981. (Details of exhibition, photo of work)


24 Hours: the Arts Diary, Sydney Morning Herald, 10/4/2012 (colour and light)

"Artist works with everyday subjects". Central Western Daily. Orange, NSW, 1983. ("Prints & drawings" touring exhibition)

Borlaise, Nancy. "Art". Sydney Morning Herald. I0/10/77. (lst show, Watters)

Burke, Janine. "Critic choice". National Times. Weekending 11/11/78. p 58 (Pinocotheca show)

Collins, Kate. "Reflections". Sunday Mail. Qld, 16/2/86. (Milburn show)

Pidgeon, W.E. "Art". Sun Herald . NSW, 18/10/77. (lst show)

Dolan, David. "The arts". Advertiser. S.A., 24/5/78. p 33 (CAS show)

Dolan, David. Advertiser. S.A., 4/3/80. ("Drawn & quartered")

Grishin, Sasha. "A mixture of love & objectivity: Helen Eager prints & drawing". Canberra Times. ACT, 10/7/84. (Arts Council show)

Langer, Gertrude. Courier Mail. Qld, 4/1/84. (Milburn show)

Lynn, Elwyn. Weekend Australian. 27/28 September, 1986. p 10. (Watters show)

Lynn, Elwyn. Weekend Australian. 6-7 June 1992 "Skeletons of the Human Insect"

Lynn, Elwyn. Weekend Australian. 11-12 January 1992 (Summer show Watters Gallery)

Lynn, Elwyn. "The fruits of female flair". Weekend Australian. 23/24 April, 1988. ("Ceremony", Watters)

Lynn, Elwyn, Weekend Australian. 4/5 March 1989. (Works on paper", Watters)

McDonald, John, "Metro". Sydney Morning Herald. September, 1986. (Listing and brief review for Sept 10-27 show)

McGrath, Sandra. "Whisky, & the art of picture buying". Australian. 1979. (Glenfiddich show at Opera House)

McGrath, Sandra. "Art". Australian. 11/10/77. p 10. (First show, Watters)

McGrath, Sandra. "So it's fruit and vegies all the way". Weekend Australian. 21/22 March, 1981. (Recent works on paper", Watters)

Mendelssohn, Joanna. "Paintings & drawings by Helen Eager & Virginia Coventry". Sydney Morning Herald. 12/9/86. p 12. (Watters show)

Mendelssohn, Joanna. "The arts". Bulletin. 14/6/88. p 107.

Sohien, Gina. "Billboard". National Times. May, 1983. p 32. (Exhibition listing & brief review)

Sturgeon, Graeme. "Artist's Artist" The Age (Pinacotheca show) Victoria, 11/11/78.

Sweeny, Brian. "Sweeny on Sunday". Sunday Sun. Qld, 16/2/86. (Milburn show)

Woolcock, Phyllis. "Arts". Courier Mail. Qld, 15/2/86. (Milburn show)


Australian perspecta 1983: a biennial survey of contemporary Australian art. Sydney: Art Gallery of NSW, 1983. (Biography, photo of work)

Colour and Light. Digital catalogue. Sydney: Utopia Art Sydney, 2012. (foreword by Lynda Eager, essay by Chloe Watson ‘Helen Eager: Beyond the Image’)

Drawn and quartered: Australian contemporary paperworks Adelaide : Art Gallery of S.A., 1980. (Biography and statement)

First Australian contemporary art fair. Melbourne: Commercial Galleries Association, 1988. Hammond, Victoria & Svetlana Karovich.

Painters' prints: The Mitchelton print exhibition. Victoria: Benalla & Shepparton Art Galleries, 1986. (Biography and photo of work)

Her story: Images of domestic labour in Australian art. Sydney: S. H. Ervin Gallery, 1991.

Interiors, Travelling art exhibition 1980-1981. Sydney: Art Gallery of NSW, 1980.

Interiors. Tewantin, Qld: Noosa Regional Gallery, 1991. (Artist's comment)

Legge, Geoffrey. Helen Eager. Brisbane: Michael Milburn Galleries, 1984. (Biography, photos of work and artist)

Legge, Geoffrey. Moet & Chandon touring exhibition. Australia: State Galleries, 1987. (Biography and photo of work)

McPhee, John. A new romance. Canberra: Australian National Gallery, 1987. (Held at University Drill Hall Gallery.)

A new generation 1983-1988. Canberra: Australian National Gallery, 1988.

New release show. W.A.: Miller Gallery, 1981. (Biography, comments and photo of work)

Portrait of a gallery . Sydney: Watters Gallery, 1989.

Print award exhibition. W.A.: Fremantle Art Gallery, 1981.

Printmakers of NSW. London: The Gallery, NSW House, 1982. (Biography)

Prints from Kirktower House . Aberdeen, Scotland: Peacock Printmakers Gallery, 1981. (Exhibition details and photo of work)

Second Australian contemporary art fair. Melbourne: Commercial Galleries Association, 1991.

Seventh British international print biennale. Bradford: Cartwright Hall, 1981.

Sixth British international print biennale. Bradford: Cartwright Hall, 1979.

Slutzkin, Linda. Art in the making; Travelling exhibition 1979-1980. Sydney: Art Gallery of NSW, 1979. (Biography, photos of 5 works, and of the printing steps)

Slutzkin, Linda. Helen Eager: Prints and drawings . Orange Regional Gallery, 1983.

(Includes 4 photos of work,and artist)

Still life still lives; the Glenfiddich exhibition. Sydney: Australian Gallery Directors Council, 1978. (Biography and photo of work)

Tamworth Environs . NSW: Tamworth City Gallery, 1988. (Photo of work, and artist, biography and statement)

The Australian Drawing Biennale. Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra, 2000   Essay by Joe Eisenberg and Photo of work

Tokyo print biennale. Japan: Tokyo Art Museum, 1979.

Women's imprint, womens & arts festival. Sydney: Art Gallery of NSW, October, 1982. (Project 39)

Work from the studios of .....[6 artists]: Watters Gallery

audiovisual material

Eager. Helen (and Margaret Dodd). Art in the making, the Art gallery of NSW travelling exhibition. Adelaide: Educational Technology Centre, Education Dept, S.A., 1979. (28 slides, booklet)

Arts of NSW Vision & sound exhibition, held Darling Harbour. Chatswood, NSW: The Production Group, 1988. (5 slides of work)

Nicholson, Anne Maria. ‘The Arts Quarter’. ABC News 24, 14 March, 2012. (interview with artist and report)

Melon, James. Helen Eager . Victorian State Library, 1985. (interview with artist - audio recording)


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