Renee Cosgrave, born in New Zealand of Irish, Scottish and Maori descent (Ngati Tuwharetoa), now lives and works in Melbourne, after graduating with an Honours degree of Bachelor of Fine Art, from Monash University in 2009. She is recognised as an artist of interest by other artists, being put forward for the 2018 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize at the National Art School, Sydney and has been invited to participate in curated exhibitions by Melbourne artist/curators such as John Nixon and Melissa Loughan.
Cosgrave paints mainly on canvas but has worked directly on walls and windows indoors and out – a steadfastly expansive, and at times, deliberately juxtaposed practice. On one hand there are provisional arrangements in subtle shades whereby light pinks and violets meander tentatively over the surface. This palette contrasts with more formal arrangements of order such as grids and vertical lines with a tendency towards bolder and darker colours. Sometimes Cosgrave embeds a conceptual component in works by using leftover or reject paint. It is as if the tradition of abstraction is a territory through which to constantly experiment.
Her paintings have similar elements; a system, an order, a set of rules, but their modality hinges on the crucial relationship between painted line and colour, balancing order and freedom of form, the boundary of the stretcher and the limitlessness of paint.