Words: Erin Irwin
James Makin Gallery has recently announced that Emma Coulter has joined its stable.
Coulter’s practice utilises colour and colour sequences across a range of disciplines, with a recent emphasis on site-specific and public art. She uses a bold palette and compositional techniques informed by modernist abstraction and minimalism to create meaning through colour. Her larger site-specific works, or ‘spatial deconstructions’, aid in forming relationships between her works, their context and their viewers.
Her move to James Makin Gallery follows many recent successes. These include a 2021 commission to create a 130-metre-long spatial deconstruction in central Melbourne, and another for the façade of the Footscray Community Arts Centre. She also took out the top prize in the mural category at the Footscray Art Prize. Previously, she has received the Linden New Art Prize in 2016 and 2018, an Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant, and a place at QUT Art Museum’s fourth Alumni Triennial.
James Makin Gallery will present a solo exhibition of her work in Infinite Systems this year, and the artist has several more public artworks in the pipeline in both Victoria and NSW.
This article was posted 24 January 2023.
Image: Artist portrait. Courtesy: the artist and James Makin Gallery, Melbourne. Photography: Laura De Ve.