mary louise Coulouris
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
About mary louise Coulouris
MARY LOUISE COULOURIS R E
Mary Louise Coulouris is a Slade Graduate, Senior Fellow of the Royal Society of Printmakers, and specialist in public art with six recent commissions to her credit. An interest in people and diverse cultures informs her work and a new interest in landscape painting and ecology has been made possible by her stays in Greece and Spain on various scholarships and Artists Residencies.
In 2004 she was commissioned to do a series of watercolours by the curator of the Palace of Westminster, for the House of Lords.
She usually spends most of the year on the Greek island of Hydra, where she had two very successful one-person show Silouetes in 2005,and Kefi kai Louloudia in 2009.
In November 2005 she took part in a show called Artists and Radio 4 at the Bankside Gallery, London.
In 2008 she was commissioned to produce 7 watercolours inspired by British poets of her choice for the Royal Free Hospital London.
In November 2009 she will take part in an exhibition on the theme of Optimism at the Artzone 42 Gallery, Athens
She is experienced across a broad spectrum of media and her teaching experience includes eight years in various London art schools, with the Open College of the Arts, and masterclasses, more recently on themes such as creativity and art and climate change .
She has exhibited widely and her work is in public and private collections in Britain, France, Italy, Greece, South Africa, Australia and the United States.
ONE PERSON SHOWS
2009Kefi kai Louloudia, Melina Mecouri Centre, Hydra
2007 Galerie Zourntos, Hydra
2006 WILLIAM James Gallery Athens
Cyclops SeriesTechnohoros gallery,Athens
2004 Silouetes Melina Mercouri Centre, Hydra Greece
2003 Bakehouse Gallery, Edinburgh
2001 Artistic Licience, London
1999 Hellenic Centre, London
1998 Club of Greek Fine Art Graduates
1997 Scottish Natural Heritage, Perth
1994 Jill Yakas Gallery, Athens
1991 Kingfisher Gallery, Edinburgh
WORK IN COLLECTIONS
Graphothek, Berlin, Royal Free Hospital, London, Sainsburys Plc, Scottish Natural Heritage, Hambros bank, Collection Baroness Crawley, Clydesdale Bank, Paintings in Hospitals, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Stirling Council, Sheffield City Art Gallery, Bank of Scotland, Trinity College, Oxford, Nuffield Trust, Tayside Regional Council, Howarth Museum, Accrington, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, New York Public Library, House of Lords London, Yale College Wrexham, Skyros Holidays Greece, Scottish Poetry Library, Scotrail, many private collections in Australia, France, Italy, Greece, United States, Scotland, and England.
SCHOLARSHIPS, PRIZES, RESIDENCIES
1997 Residency Scottish Natural Heritage Perth
Residency Fundacion Valparaiso, Spain
Double First Prize in Sainsbury Wine Label competition
1996 Residency Fundacion Valparaiso, Spain
Residency Howarth Museum ,Accrington-Vase project
1992Greek Government Scholarship
Winston Churchill Fellowship
1990-1 Artist Exchange Athens, for Glasgow Year of Culture
1962-4 French Government Scholarship
1988 First Prize Scottish Development Agency Design Competition
PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS
2008 Commission for Royal Free Hospital, London
2002 Mermaid Mosaic Skyros Holidays Greece
Tapestry Commission, Yale College, Wrexham, Wales
2001 Banner, Premiere, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
1999 Three artist designed rugs- new Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh
1993 Print commission Healthcare Arts-Arbroath
1990 Murals-Royal Edinburgh Hospital-Artlink
Community mural project-Linlithgow
1988 Main Childrens playarea-Glasgow Garden Festival
First prize from Scottish Development Agency
Artiists Statement/ Mary Louise Coulouris October/2009-9-9
I feel I have something to say that is different from the many tendencies that are around in the cultural world.
I would like to show in my work that there is still a lot of life in the European humanist, tradition in art and culture.
I find myself at home in Europe because a feel there is a lot to say in painting and in figurative painting in particular.
So I am not very enthusiastic about Post- Modernist ideas which reject painting as well as Modernism. I suppose I am a Post-Post-Modernist !
I am enthusiastic about people and what they achieve every day and what they have the potential to achieve.
People figure strongly in my work, as they did in the European tradition, from Mantegna to Leger.
Drawing is endemic to my work; I often do quick drawings from life .
Colour is essential to my way of working, as it communicates the emotional impact I want to achieve. I have produced several Public Art works in various media.