Valerie Coursen

Valerie Coursen

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    Mixed Media Paintings

    Artist's Biography

    Valerie Coursen was born near Boston, Massachusetts and now is living near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and she has been creating artwork her entire life. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design she had a flourishing career as an illustrator creating designs for books and paper and textiles. After a few years she longed to work larger again and started painting on canvas at the historic Emerson Umbrella in Concord, Massachusetts. She later moved to Philadelphia and was inspired by the new city and the larger art studio and other artists. The studio in Philadelphia brought experimentation in painting and printmaking where she continued to take classes at the University of the Arts. She kept up her freelance and book illustration work, continued to paint and today she works in a barn shaped studio close to her house and teaches workshops there and in Nantucket.

    Artist's Statement

    I approach my creative process thinking of color and color relationships. I am drawn to things that are weathered and have a patina and like to experiment with mark making, unconventional tools and printmaking techniques. These techniques are applied to natural papers such as rice paper and then pinned to the studio wall and look like layers of falling colorful leaves. They are cut and torn and added to my mixed media paintings. I never tire of exploring with paint, building layers, creating patterns and laying a swath of solid color next to a layered detailed area. Painting is a language all its own and one I am always invigorated by learning more of.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Two- and Three-Person
    2017
    Two Person Show, East End Gallery, Nantucket, MA

    2016
    Three Person Show, East End Gallery, Nantucket, MA

    Group
    2015 - 2021
    Main Line Arts Center, Haverford, PA
    Invitational and juried exhibitions

    Curated
    2013
    Arts and Re-Creation Tri-Annual Art Show for Visiting Artists, Penn Charter Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Other
    1998 - 2021
    Open Studios, Valerie Coursen Studios, Narberth, PA

    1995 - 1997
    Open Studios, Brown Street Studios, Philadelphia, PA

    1994 - 1995
    Open Studios, 915 Spring Garden Street Studios, Philadelphia, PA

    1994
    Open Studio, Emerson Umbrella, Concord, MA

    Publications

    2000
    The Poodle Who Barked at the Wind, Henry Holt and Co., New York, NY

    1999
    Clever Letters, American Girl Company

    1995
    Mordant's Wish, Henry Holt and Co., New York, NY

    1994
    Sisters, Running Press, Philadelphia, PA
    Illustrator

    Professional Experience

    Nantucket Art Association, Nantucket, MA
    Instructor

    Valerie Coursen Studio
    Instructor

    Residencies

    2021
    Nantucket Art Association, Nantucket, MA
    Artist in Residence

    2008
    Nantucket Art Association, Nantucket, MA
    Artist in Residence

    Previous Residencies
    Little Compton, RI
    Artist in Residence

    Awards and Honors

    Cuffie Award
    Most promising new illustrator for children's book Mordant's Wish

    Print Magazine Award
    Illustrations and Book Design

    Affiliations

    East End Gallery, Nantucket, MA
    LAA Collective, Wayne, PA

    Commissions

    Large scale paintings for Hilton Hotel Lobbies
    Private commissions of paintings and painted paper collages

    Education

    Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
    BFA, Printmaking and Illustration

    Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
    Continuing Education, Painting and Ceramics