The locations of many of Andersen’s paintings are unknown, so this site offers owners of her work a way to identify themselves and the artwork(s) they have. If you have a Helen Andersen piece, please use the Contact link in the menu bar to have your piece entered into this database.
Even if you do not own a Helen Andersen piece, but know the present location of one of the images in the thumbnails, please share that information so that it can be recorded.
Art historians and archivists
Helen Andersen is a relatively unrecognized artist but she knew and studied with contemporary artists of note. Bob Davidson, Jacques de Tonnancour, John Koerner, Joe Plaskett, Bill Porteous, Bill Reid and Jack Shadbolt were among her teachers, friends and correspondents.
A fairly extensive collection of original documents pertaining to Helen Andersen’s artistic career have been preserved, including notes, letters and photographs. They could be made available to scholars, archivists, universities or museums if the purpose is a good one. Please use the Contact link if you want to discuss this possibility.
How the archived images were obtained
Most of the images were scanned from colour photographs or 35mm slides that were in the effects of Helen’s husband Fritz Raabye Andersen after his death in 2005. They were taken in less than ideal conditions, evidently in an effort to catalogue works, but not to produce reproduction quality images.
Images of works whose locations are known have been photographed more accurately, but are still not reproduction quality. The purpose of the images presented here is to allow recognition of particular pieces, not to represent them as they are. Colours, crops and details are sometimes incorrect.