Christine Hellyar

Grape Leaf Life Raft, Puriri Life Raft, Nikau Pod Life Raft, Lacebark Life Raft, Grape Leaf Soft Pot


Christine Hellyar’s connection with nature has long been an influence on her work. These magical sculptures are transformations of plants gathered from the beaches of North Taranaki where she grew up. Extraordinary miniature creatures evolved to sit upon these natural forms and were then cast in bronze. Hellyar says “I try to make my work in the landscape dance, fly or float.” 

Hellyar graduated with a Diploma of Fine Arts (Hons) in 1969 from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. She was one of the first artists in this country to cast natural foliage and vegetation in bronze. In response to this, a unique casting technique was developed by a leading bronze foundry to create her work. One of New Zealand’s most well known sculptors, she has exhibited throughout the country as well as internationally in Japan, US, Hungary, Singapore and Australia. Most recently Hellyar won the 2009 McConnell Property Supreme Award at Stoneleigh Sculpture in the Gardens.

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