Maryanne Coutts

M a r a n n e   C o u t t s


My work is increasingly an exploration of the relationship between drawing and time. I have two strands to my practice. One is a series of ritualistic daily projects, like Dress Code, where each day since 2013 I have made a drawing of what I wore that day. The other primarily uses watercolour to focus on imagery that evokes psychological spaces.

Born in Ballarat, New South Wales, Maryanne Coutts studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne (1979 to 1981) and City Art Institute, Sydney (1984) before completing a PhD (Painting) at the University of Ballarat in 1999. She has taught at Monash University, Federation University, La Trobe University, the Australian Catholic University and the National Art School, where she is currently Head of Drawing.

Coutts has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions at commercial and regional galleries throughout Australia, as well as in the UK, Spain and Thailand, including a Survey Show, Maryanne Coutts: Telling Tales, at Ballarat Fine Art Gallery (2008).

Among her awards are the Blake Prize (joint winner, 1982), the Portia Geach Memorial Award (2007) and the Williamstown Festival Award (1990).

Her work is represented in public, corporate and private collections throughout Australia, including the Art Gallery of Ballarat; Horsham Regional Gallery, Victoria; Monash University, Melbourne; St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney; Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne; Swan Hill Regional Gallery, Victoria and the Australian Catholic University, Sydney.

Elected a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute in 2014, Maryanne Coutts lives and works in Sydney.

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