Born in Northern Ireland, UK, Emma Coulter, is an Australian visual artist, living and working in Melbourne, having relocated from Brisbane, (2007).
She has a Bachelor of Visual Art, (Painting, 1998) and a Bachelor of Built Environment, (Interior, 2000) with distinction, both from the Queensland University of Technology. As an undergraduate she received multiple awards for her excellence in academic achievement.
Coulter's visual arts practice maps the experiential and the ethereal through abstraction in painting. Within her works, memory, experience and inner thoughts are expressed metaphorically as tangible elements. As the artist describes, 'Influenced heavily by context, my works are visual references that underpin a conceptual narrative through experimentation within the process of painting. Specific elements such as 'place', 'society' and 'experience' combine to inform the process; whilst the juxtaposition of formal elements, such as colour, shape and form unite to define the outcome.'
Coulter has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia, and held her first international solo exhibition, 'viscerality', in Berlin, Germany (2011), upon completion of a residency at TAKT kunstprojektstraum. She was also selected for the Blake Prize Directors Cut (2011). 2012, has seen her undertaking several large commissions for private clients, as well as being selected for several key events such as 'Penthouse Mouse 12', L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festivals', 'Windows by Design Programme', 'Saturday in Design', at Block Projects, and 'From Paradise' at James Makin Gallery.
Her work has been featured widely in both print and online publications including the Melbourne City Weekly, Design Quarterly Magazine, the Melbourne Weekly Times, Artichoke and Indesign. In 2007 she was also selected for interview in ANZ Bank's magazine, 'Inspired', for 'Talent trial', an article on emerging Australian talent.
Her artwork is included in various corporate and private collections throughout Australia and internationally.