audrey coles - Profile

By: Audrey Coles  05-Apr-2012

Audrey was born in the 60s, and grew up in Wellington, NZ. After travelling widely and living in 5 countries she is now settled in Auckland, NZ.

From an early age she engaged in art making but did not consider art as a career option until her early 30s, when it became apparent that a corporate career could not provide the creative outlet she desired. After graduating from art school with a photography major, theft of all her (uninsured) camera equipment saw her turn to painting as a stop gap measure until she replaced the stolen equipment. Nearly 10 years later Audrey is still painting.

"I use art making to question and examine how we seek and relate with God, from both a personal and general perspective. I have been considering our interconnectedness, or lack thereof, as a signifier of this relationship.

Most recently I have been looking at connections to forefathers through what I call 'sacred domestic rituals', specifically the act of using their heirloom china. By elevating the act of drinking a cup of tea to a sacred ritual (by using the good china) it marks the moment and causes me to pause and consider. I can't but think of who once owned these precious cups and jugs, asking what it might have meant to them. This connection to those around me, before me and following is noticing the presence of God."


2010       "Small Packages" (group Show) - Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna Auckland

2008       "Authenticity" - Tardis Gallery, The Depot Artspace. Devonport Auckland

2004       MIT BVA Selected Graduates Group Show, Te Tuhi - The Mark, Pakuranga Auckland


2004 – ‘06   Painting Tutor. MIT School of Art, Certificate in Visual Arts, Rutherford High School

2004       Bachelor Visual Arts, MIT School of Arts, Auckland University

2003       Painting tutor. MIT School of Arts, Foundation Studies, Titirangi Community Centre

1997       Certificate Visual Arts - ASA School of Arts

1989       Postgraduate Diploma Business (Marketing) Auckland University

1987       Bachelor Science (Pure Mathematics) Auckland University


Auckland City Council