Artist Profile

The work of photographer Helen Bankers has a painterly quality that draws on the past while looking to the future. Her eye for composition and colour, combined with her skillful use of natural light, transform her photographs into timeless creations. Helen’s approach to photography is influenced by the work of ground-breaking artist Georgia O’Keefe and the still life techniques of the 17th-century Dutch masters.

 

“I’m drawn to aesthetics which resonate on an emotional level. My work explores memories that are kept within, secrets that we all have, and nature’s ever unfolding energy,” says Helen, who studied fine arts before choosing to explore her creativity through photography. Abstract images, often combining exquisite colour and close-up detail, form the basis of her Limited Edition Fine Art Prints collection.

 

Artist Bio


Born 1978 
Tokoroa, New Zealand

1996 
ASA Pre foundation Arts Diploma Photography/Photographic process/ Art History

 

1997

AIT Bachelor of Visual Art - Major Photography

  June

Kimono Sculpture shown @ Scotties Lorne Street

 

1998
MIT Bachelor Visual Art – Major Photography
 
1999 - 2000
Worked & Travelled extensively through Europe

2000
February Returned to NZ

Photographic Assist - Advertising/Art & Commercial Photographers. Including Maria Sainsbury, Alistair Gutherie,
Monty Adams, Stephen Roke, Jackie Meiring, Nick Tressider

2003

Assisted Anne Geddes on Pure Book Project with Celine Dion
Worked on Creative Art projects with Anne

2004 - Current

Creation of Helen Bankers Photography Limited
Full time Commercial Photographer

Including work for client such as:
Bauer Media
BlackSand
Nestle
Ogilvy
Periscope Design
Publicis Mojo
Saatchi & Saatchi
Special Group
TBWA Whybin

Specialising in Lifestyle photography. Interior Space, People, Still life Botanicals

Career Highlights


2017

Group show Kings Art Sale 2017 Kings College Auckland
Group show “New Leaf” Seed Gallery @ Allpress Studio Auckland
 “In De Ruimte” Exhibition at Grey Gallery featured her dark and brooding floral works, revealing the influences of the 17th century Dutch Masters.


2016
Joined with Art Associates – Original artworks for Sale, Lease and Hire - by contemporary New Zealand artists.
 
MAGS Art Show – Group exhibition
Mt Eden Normal Primary School Art Show – Group Exhibition
New Botanicals works exhibited at Blush Florist Parnell
Ongoing

2015
Collaboration of Fine Art Botanical Images with Back to the Wall – Bespoke Wallpaper Producer Worldwide.

2014 -2016
TVNZ Campaign Rebranding Photography for: Seven Sharp, Go Girls, Sunday, The Amazing Race

2012 - 2014
Shooting National campaigns for Breast Cancer Research Trust in conjunction with Lancome

2004 – 2010
Travel Photography for Commercial Travel Client
Extensively travelled through New Zealand, Europe, Singapore, Australia, Pacific Islands, Jeju (South Korea)
 
2007
Worked with United Nations Photo journalism - covering the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Papua New Guinea

About

 

Auckland-based artist Helen Bankers has always been attracted to the natural world. Her work has taken her around the world for a myriad of publications and brands, but when she’s not on assignment Helen loves exploring the creative side of photography.

“Throughout my career I’ve learnt a lot about the importance of leading a balanced life,” says Helen. “I realised that I have an overwhelming desire to produce a more artistic and illustrative side of work.”

Outside of her magazine and commercial projects, Helen can be found in her home studio creating work that celebrates the natural world. She has a sharp eye for detail and particularly likes working with flora and fauna.

“I’m inspired by the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe, and Australian florists such as Saskia Havekes at Grandiflora. I enjoy looking at the fine form and intricacy of flowers and plants,” says Helen, who lives with her engineer husband Dan and daughter Isla, in the eastern suburbs. 

“From that passion grew a series with a focus on botanical studies.”

The abstract images, which often combine close-up detail, colour and texture, form the basis of Helen’s Limited Edition Fine Art Prints collection. 

As well as having a passion for photographing nature, Helen has a talent for interiors and portrait photography. “I have a love for people and interiors,” she says. “I love telling the story of someone’s life journey through their homes and how their homes reflect the lifestyle they lead,” she says.

*From my experience shooting interiors, I’ve been inspired to create a range of botanical images that people can enjoy in and around the home.”

Helen’s Limited Edition Fine Art Prints are available on this site.

For art work leasing, please contact www.artassociates.co.nz

Available for private commissions – please enquire helen@helenbankers.com

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