michelle coulson picturesque

“Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it, and above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.” ― Joseph Pulitzer

Michelle Coulson creates beautiful abstract drawings and paintings based on Australian landscapes, seascapes and urban scenes. She also takes reference from artworks by Van Gogh and Matisse and, occasionally, hones in on a singular portrait, animal or building.

With a skilful light touch, Coulson creates intricate patchworks of colour and line, resulting in small-scale renderings that are both picturesque and intimate. Sections of text have started to work their way into a number of her compositions, adding new dimensions to her signature style.

Coulson (b 1967, Melbourne) is an emerging artist and has worked at Arts Project Australia since 2016 and Picturesque is her first solo exhibition presented as a virtual installation in 2020.

She has exhibited in various group exhibitions at Arts Project Australia including Silver Linings, Pleased to Meet You, Whatever You Love, You Are and Annual Gala. She has work in private collections throughout Australia and held within the National Gallery of Australia’s collection.

Walk through the exhibition via entering a virtual room, scrolling the slideshow below or downloading the  Michelle Coulson’s Picturesque Catalogue (this link redirects to a PDF).



Michelle Coulson Picturesque QR

Mapping Our Own Future is a weekly series of solo and group virtual exhibitions curated from the Arts Project Australia stockroom. An extension of the gallery to a virtual space, the series offers a place to connect with APA artists from home. Visit other virtual exhibitions here. Picturesque was produced by Arts Project Australia gallery manager and curator Sim Luttin. 

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