Rachel Coad

1971 | Western Australia

Rachel Coad's painting practice spans more than 20 years.

Her monumental-scaled work focuses on figuration and is characterised by a limited palette and subtle tonal shifts.

Since her first solo show in 2004, Coad has shown in both Australia and the UK. She has been shortlisted for numerous painting awards including the Doug Moran Portrait Prize on multiple occasions, the Lester Prize and the Kilgour Art Award. At the end of 2013, Coad was shortlisted for the BankWest Painting Prize and was voted
as the winner of the People’s Choice. In 2016, she won one of Australia’s most prestigious art prizes, the $50,000 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture.


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born 1971, Western Australia 


1989–91 Diploma in Art and Design, WA Met. School of Art and Design 

1994–03 Designer, The West Australian Newspaper

2007-12 Residency at Customs House, Fremantle

2009 Propel Youth Arts Mentor

2010 Studio Escalier, Paris, Winter at the Louvre drawing program

2018 Studio Escalier, Paris, Winter at the Louvre drawing program


2024 Season, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2019 Flock, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2017 Restoration, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2016 RETRO-spective, Holmes à Court Gallery, Margaret River, WA

2015 District, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2014 Juncture, Gallerysmith, Melbourne 

2012 Rachel Coad, Perth Galleries, Perth

Frontier, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2011 New Work, ROA Gallery, London

2010 New Paintings, Gunyulgup Galleries, WA

Legacy, Perth Galleries, Perth 

2009 Pack, Gallery 27, London

2008 Gunyulgup Galleries, WA

2007 Clusters, Perth Galleries, Perth

2006 Narrative, Gunyulgup Galleries, WA

2005 48 King St, Perth, WA

2004 Murray St, Perth, WA


2023 Salon des Refusés, S.H. Ervin Gallery, NSW

2022 Doug Moran Portrait Prize, online exhibition

Swan 2022, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, WA

2019 Light and Dark, WA Art Collective

2017 Scratching the Surface: a selection of works from the Janet Holmes à Court Collection, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA

2013 The Art of Sound, with the National Film and Sound Archive, Holmes à Court Gallery, WA

2010 Wagner Art Gallery, NSW

Melbourne Art Fair, Perth Galleries

Ten, Holmes à Court Gallery, WA

2007 Customs House open studio, WA

Mine Own Executioner, Mundaring Arts Centre, WA

2006 Perth Galleries, WA


2022 Finalist, Doug Moran Portrait Prize

Finalist, Mandorla Art Prize 

Highly Commended, Swan Art Prize 

2021 Semi-Finalist, Doug Moran Portrait Prize

2020 Finalist, Lester Prize

2019 Finalist, Doug Moran Portrait Prize

2018 Finalist, Kilgour Art Prize

2017 Finalist, Black Swan Portrait Prize 

2016 WINNER, Black Swan Portrait Prize 

Finalist, Kilgour Art Prize

Finalist, Albany Art Prize 

Finalist, Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize 

2015 Semi-finalist, Doug Moran Portrait Prize 

Finalist, Black Swan Portrait Prize 

Finalist, Bankwest Art Prize 

2014 Semi-finalist, Doug Moran Portrait Prize 

Finalist, Black Swan Portrait Prize 

Finalist, Lethbridge Small Scale Art 

2013 Finalist and People's Choice prize WINNER, Bankwest Art Prize 

Finalist, Albany Art Prize 

2011 WINNER, Artitude open category

2007 Finalist, Metro 5 Gallery 

2006 Finalist, Metro 5 Gallery 

2004 Finalist, Cromwell's art prize 



McDonald, John, The Sydney Morning Herald, ‘The portraits that didn’t make the Archibald Prize cut’, 11 May

Final Draft, Interview with Andrew Pople, 2SER radio, Sydney

SmartArts by Bernard Caleo, 3RRR radio 

Wakeham, Alison, 'Comic Relief,' The Sunday Times magazine

Jansen, Ara, ‘Glowing with Heart’, Medical Forum Weekly

Artbeat, RTRFM 92.1, interview 28 July

Coad, Rachel, New York City Glow, Upswell Publishing, 2023, debut graphic novel


England, Nicole, Resident Dog, Thames and Hudson, 2018


Holmes à Court, Janet, eds White, Terri-Ann, Muse: a journey through an art collection, UWA Publishing: WA 


RETRO-spective, ex. cat. with essay by Marita Smith. Heytesbury Publishing, WA


Rule, Dan, ‘In the Galleries’, The Age, review of District, 15 August


Diceiero, Lyn, Fight and Flight’ The West Australian

Rule, Dan, ‘In the Galleries’, The Age


Spencer, Ric, ‘Legacy burnt into artist’s approach’, The West Australian, Review, 21 May

Liveris, Flora, ‘My Space’, The West Weekend Magazine, March, pg 34

‘Face to Face’, Insite Magazine, Spring edition, p. 204

Expat Eye, Australian Art Market Report, issue one, 2010


'Meet the artist,’ The London Paper

‘Coad breaking,’ The Australian Times, London, 12 May, 26 May, pg 3.

‘Artists puts expats in big picture,’ The West Australian


Bettison, Louise, ‘Portraits from face-to-face,’ The West Australian

Artists Chronicle, Cover image, November

RTR Fm radio interview

‘Rachel shines again,’ The Fremantle Gazette 


‘Ms Coad cracks it,’ The Fremantle Herald

‘Young artist in hunt for coveted national prize,’ The Fremantle Gazette


‘WA pair up for prize,’ The West Australian

The Great Outdoors, channel 7 – Painting featured in The Outram Hotel


PostcardsWA – Gallery interview and review – channel 9


‘Moving pictures,’ Perth Woman Magazine, Artscape 


‘Artist frames brothers; Portrait of the Mickelberg Brothers,’ The West Australian


Janet Holmes à Court Collection

St John of God Hospital Collection 

Cromwell Collection

Santa Maria College collection