1990s painting set including oil tubes, paint brushes and palette used by Helen Ilich towards the end of her career.

Helen migrated to Melbourne from Croatia in 1953 with her two children, her husband already having arrived. She had always wanted to be an artist but rarely had the opportunity or parental support to pursue her passion. This continued in Australia but she found a degree of artistic outlet by working in three ceramic studios around Melbourne - Ellis, Isobel (a small independent business) and Guy Boyd's studio which she particularly enjoyed. At the Boyd studio she painted many ceramic pieces with Australian landscape and Aboriginal motifs, produced for the domestic and tourist markets. Helen later joined the Heidelberg Artists' Society and taught painting at home, producing many works of her own.

Physical Description

Pine wooden box, with a small vinyl handle and metal clasps. The top section of the box contains two wooden pallets, one oval and one rectangular. The lower section of the box has an assortment of oil paints and paint brushes.

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