Cosette Calder - Arts Canterbury

Cosette Calder


Cosette is originally from Australia. Her childhood and teens were spent in small rural townships across Victoria. Early life was spent exploring the outdoors. In 1994 at age 18 she made the move to Timaru, New Zealand. Enrolling at Aoraki Polytechnic she studied first year Foundation Visual Arts. Following on from that she completed a second year of Fine Arts painting in ’95.

Drawing and painting occasionally over years whilst working and raising a family. Cosette is now able to make more time for her passion for painting.

Historically an oils painter Cosette is currently exploring acrylics, gold and silver leaf and different application techniques on canvas. Cosette enjoys freedom of expression and colour with her mixed media painting.

Inspired by the New Zealand beaches and the beauty of the landscape in New Zealand.

Inspiration also comes by remembering her time growing up in Australia. Memories of much needed rain and the threat of bush fire come through in abstract form. Remembering and celebrating this ruggedly beautiful and dry land.

Cosette resides in Christchurch with her teenage son. She spends her time exploring the arts, painting, acting, reading books, playing tennis and walking the Port Hills. Cosette is also an 8 year throat cancer survivor.

Artistic influences include Vincent Van Gogh, Gustav Klimt, Edouard Manet, Frida Kahlo and Jackson Pollock amongst many others.

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