Helene Athanasiadis was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1969.
Beginning her career in 1989 as a Fashion Design graduate from RMIT University, Helene worked within various facets of creative fashion that included costume design and photographic styling. In 1999 she took a sudden career change and enrolled in an archaeological degree at La Trobe University graduating in 2006 with a dual honours degree in Archaeology and Art History. Since then she has worked professionally as an archaeologist, archaeological technical photographer, illustrator heritage designer. She has also been an exhibiting artist since 2008.
Although Helene has always been creative, it has only been in the last few years that she has been able to devote much of her time to creating fine art photography and mixed media works. In both mediums she is guided by archaeological concepts; layered, stained and aged, all rendered in muted & textured tones. She is also inspired by rural landscapes and botanicals often transforming them into abstract forms.
Helene's latest body of work combines botanical imagery with Ancient Greek mythological figures, rendered through the medium of photogravure. The process of photogravure has given Helene the freedom to experiment with deep muted tones and textures, controlling contrast depths thus creating a dramatic sense of mystery and stillness within the compositions.
Helene currently divides her time between Melbourne and Castlemaine in Country Victoria.
2018 Works on Paper , The Chapel, Castlemaine Gaol, 2018 Castlemaine Arts Open Festival
2016 Antipodean Palette, Group Show, Steps Gallery, Carlton.
2016 Alpha, Solo Exhibition, 69 Smith Street, Gallery, Melbourne
2016 Terrain, An exhibition with Jinari Mountain as part of Castlemaine Arts Open
2015 Entourage, Window installation, Mount of Alex Bookshop, Castlemaine Sate Festival
2014 Land- escapes, Group show, Melbourne City Library, Melbourne
2014 Assemblage II, Open Studio Exhibition 2014 Castlemaine Arts Open Festival
2014 Arise, Solo Exhibition Apple Annie’s Café Gallery, Castlemaine
2013 Assemblage I, Open Studio Exhibition, Studio Launch, Lot 19 Artspace, Castlemaine
2013 A Curiously Antiquarian View of the World, Installation, 2013 Castlemaine State Festival
2010 Wood & Feathers, Pallete entry & display, The Exquisite Palette, St. Luke, Collingwood
2008 Archaic Stratum, Window Installation, Journal Cafe, Melbourne
2006 Bachelor of Arts, Double Hons. Archaeology and Art History
1991 Bachelor of Arts, Fashion Design, RMIT University
Final year elective major: Photography