Inspired brush strokes

Artists Helen Tuthill and Rika Bendler have been living and exhibiting in Sydney for over 40 years. Sydney and the surrounding regions have inspired many of the paintings in their current exhibition. Both women work in a variety of media, including oils, watercolours, pastels and charcoal.

Helen Tuthill at work in her studio Photo: Anna Christopher
Helen Tuthill at work in her studio Photo: Anna Christopher

Helen’s paintings – landscapes, harbour views, still lifes – explore current issues and thought-provoking themes.

Helen Tuthill was born in Cronulla in 1943. She was fortunate to have her grandmother visiting and encouraging her painting regularly. Helen now lives in Camperdown. She has one son, two daughters and six grandchildren. Helen has been enjoying the extra time to further develop her painting since her retirement in 2006 from teaching art at Sydney Boys High School.

She studied art at the National Art School, Darlinghurst. There she met Lyndon Dadswell, whose enthusiasm for art gave her hope. Yet the NAS was dry and dull. A student who had found John Ogburn persuaded her to join the Studio.

At the Studio her understanding of art and her development increased. Having seen what John Ogburn had taught and inspired in his studio was remarkable. Helen remains grateful to have the opportunity provided by the Harrington Street Gallery to exhibit in a non-commercial environment, with like-minded people. She has exhibited with the Harrington Street Gallery since soon after it was first opened in 1973.

Rika has beautifully captured the Three Sisters of the Blue Mountains. She also has been inspired to create vibrant collages following her recent trip to Japan.


Helen and Rika’s exhibition is at the Harrington Street Gallery, 17 Meagher St, Chippendale, until June 12. Opening Night: Tuesday May 2, 6-8.30pm. Open daily (except Mondays), 10am until 4pm. Phone 9319 7378.

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