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ARTISTS | Rachel Coad


Rachel Coad’s figurative painting practice spans 20 years. Well know as a figurative painter, she was awarded the $50,000 Black Swan Prize for portraiture in 2016. Figuration offers a vehicle for Coad to delve into existentialism, and the engagement of viewer to subject is key to the success of her work. Her monumental-scaled work is characterised by a limited palette and subtle tonal shifts.

Rachel Coad has shown in both Australia and the UK. In addition to Black Swan Prize, she has been shortlisted for numerous awards  including the Metro 5 Award on two occasions (2006, 2007) and the Albany Art Prize. At the end of 2013, Coad was shortlisted for the BankWest Painting Prize and was voted as the winner of the People’s Choice.

REVIEW: Juncture, 2015
THE human movement at play within Rachel Coad’s vastly scaled, astutely painted oils might be mistaken for that of contemporary dance or performance. The beautiful young woman who assumes the role of the painter’s model is captured in various…
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Rachel Coad, Mumtaz III, oil on linen, 170x220cm


Restoration, 2017

District, 2015

Juncture, 2014

Frontier, 2012


Restoration | Rachel Coad

Restoration is an ambitious series of portraits which capture the expressions that occur in the moment before a response to an idea or a question is articulated. In a return to the themes which dominated Coad’s 2014 series, Juncture, the artist endeavours to describe another unguarded moment in human interaction. Her figures engage with a series of situations which are not apparent to the viewer in a bid to examine the role of the spectator. She says, “We all find ourselves in conversations where, in a moment, we are observing rather that participating. I seek to recreate the dynamics in the observed moment.”
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Adriane Strampp install shot for Denfair

DENFAIR 2017 | an art and design fair in Melbourne

DENFAIR is a boutique art and design fair held over three days in Melbourne. The fair presents a carefully curated selection…

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Rachel Coad
born 1971, Western Australia
1989–91 Diploma in Art and Design, WA Met. School of Art and Design
1992–93 Travel UK
1994–03 Illustrator and designer, The West Australian Newspaper
5-year Residency at Customs House, Fremantle
2009  Propel Youth Arts Mentor
2010  Studio Escalier, Paris, Winter at the Louvre drawing program
2016 Retro-spective, Holmes a Court Gallery, Margaret River, WA
2015  District, Gallerysmith, VIC
2014  Juncture, Gallerysmith, VIC
2012 Rachel Coad, Perth Galleries, WA
Frontier, Gallerysmith, VIC
2011  New Work, ROA Gallery, London
2010  New Paintings, Gunyulgup Galleries, WA
Legacy, Perth Galleries, WA
2009  Pack, Gallery 27, London
2008  Gunyulgup Galleries, WA
2007  Clusters, Perth Galleries, WA
2006  Narrative, Gunyulgup Galleries, WA
2005  48 King St, Perth, WA
2004  Murray St, Perth, WA
Black Swan Prize for Portraiture – WINNER
Bankwest Art Prize – finalist
Doug Moran Prize – semi-finalist
Black Swan Prize for Portraiture – finalist
Bankwest Art Prize – finalist
Holmes a Court Gallery, The Art of Sound, with the National Film and Sound Archive, WA
Bankwest Art Prize – finalist and winner of People’s Choice Award
Albany Art Prize, – finalist
Gallerysmith, Threehundredandthirty, VIC
Perth Galleries, WA
ROA Gallery, London
Artitude open category – winner 2010
Wagner Art Gallery, NSW
Melbourne Art Fair, Perth Galleries
Holmes a Court Gallery, Ten, WA
Customs House open studio, WA
Mine Own Executioner, Mundaring Arts Centre, WA
Metro 5 Art Award – finalist Vic
Perth Galleries, WA
Metro 5 Art Award – finalist
Cromwell Art Prize – finalist
Australian Journalism Association – Print graphics prize
Katanning Art Prize – Highly commended
Walkely Award – nominated for ‘artwork’
2015 The Age, In the Galleries, review of District by Dan Rule, 15 August, 15
2012 The West Australian, ‘Fight and Flight’ by Lyn Diceiero
2012 The Age, In the Galleries, by Dan Rule
2010 Legacy burnt into artist’s approach, The West Australian, Review by Ric Spencer, May 21
My Space, The West Weekend Magazine, March
Face to Face, Insite Magazine, Spring, p. 204
Expat Eye, Australian Art Market Report, issue one, 2010
2009 This is London Magazine
In London
The London Paper  – Meet the artist
The Australian Times, London – Coad breaking
The West Australian – Artists puts expats in big picture
2007 The West Australian– Portraits from face-to-face
Artists Chronicle– Cover image, Nov
RTR Fm radio interview
The Fremantle Gazette  – “Rachel shines again”
2006 The Fremantle Herald  – “Ms Coad cracks it”
The Fremantle Gazette – “Young artist in hunt for coveted national prize”
2005  The West Australian– “WA pair up for prize”
The Great Outdoors, channel 7 – Painting featured in The Outram Hotel
2004 PostcardsWA – Gallery interview and review – channel 9
2003 Perth Woman Magazine  – Artscape “Moving pictures”
2002 The West Australian– “Artist frames brothers”, Portrait of the Mickelberg Brothers
Holmes a Court Collection
Cromwell Collection
Santa Maria College Collection
Private collections: Australia, Holland, Hong Kong Singapore, USA, UK and Japan
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