Rhys Coren was born in Plymouth, UK, in 1983. Coren graduated from the University of West England, Bristol, in 2006 and completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art, at the Royal Academy Schools, London, in 2016.
Coren works across animation, writing, performance and painted marquetry. He explores rhythm, colour and texture in work that is characterised by cartoon-like clouds, grids of colour, shadows and the interplay of lines. Inspired by music, Coren credits the structures found in electronic dance music, jazz and disco as central to his work.
Coren was recently commissioned to create a nine metre long public artwork made from bespoke terrazzo, displayed behind Bond Street Crossrail station in London. In 2018, he was commissioned to create an animation as part of the Lumiere Festival, London. Entitled Love Motion, the animation was projected across the Royal Academy of Arts building and was accompanied by a bespoke soundtrack.
Coren’s solo exhibitions include Seventeen, London (2021, 2019, 2017); Frans Kasl Projects, Eindhoven (2021); Grimm Gallery, New York (2018); Galerie pcp, Paris (2016) and Jerwood Project Space, London (2014). Group exhibitions include Drawing Room, London (2021); University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield (2019); Bluecoat, Liverpool; Screen City Biennial, MS Sandnes Boat, Stavanger, Norway (2017); Seventeen, London; Royal Academy of Arts, London (2016); Slate Projects, London (2015) Site Gallery, Sheffield (2014); Test Space, Spike Island, Bristol; Design Museum, London (2013); FACT, Liverpool (2009) and Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2007). Coren has completed residencies in the UK, USA, and Italy.
Rhys Coren lives and works in London.
News, Events & Museum Exhibitions
Rhys Coren is nominated for the John Moores Painting Prize 2023
Rhys Coren in group exhibition in LA
T-shirt designed by Rhys Coren for Brainstrust
Permanent installation by Rhys Coren unveiled in London
Limited edition football shirt designed by Rhys Coren
Rhys Coren takes part in Drawing Biennial 2021
Rhys Coren shows new marquetry in solo exhibition
Rhys Coren exhibits new video work in the US
Rhys Coren in conversation with Helen Waters
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