Art as Abstract Allows for Liberty of the Mind

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BYRON Bay has long attracted artists and people who are interested in getting the most out of life. It is a place of vast natural beauty, serenity within the natural environment, and it has a large community of creative folk.

There are more than 1500 practicing artists in our region, many attracted to living in the area and working here as an artist. Hele Ellis is one such artist who settled in Byron Bay in 1995. Hele immigrated to Australia from the northern region of Germany after having studied at the College of Fine Arts and Art Therapy in Ottersberg. She worked as an artist and art therapist in Europe before settling in Byron Bay.

Hele has an exhibition of her works on at Lismore Regional Gallery. The show, called Abstract Moves, consists of a selection of works that Hele has painted since arriving in Byron Bay almost 15 years ago. Hele is very productive. She has painted many diverse, and consistent, abstract paintings. The show reflects this diversity, and portrays a changing style that has developed over the years.

Hele's paintings ask the viewer to experience the immediacy of painting, without the distraction of narrative or pure representation. She says: "I paint to create a completely new sphere, something that has not been seen before". …