Another charcoal portrait which is currently touring 9 Australian regional art galleries for 18 months as part of the JADA (Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award). 

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About Ray Coffey

Ray Coffey was born in Liverpool, England, and at an early age emerged himself in European comic books, fascinated by the amazingly detailed art. He spent most of his youth copying his favourite artists hoping one day to become one himself.  At the age of 17 Ray became a commercial artist and worked on a great number of projects for over 25 years. After emigrating to Australia in 2004 and becoming a citizen in 2009, Ray decided it was the right time to change direction and follow a long ambition of becoming a fine artist. In a small studio at his home and working mostly in charcoal, Ray creates highly detailed portraiture, full scale figures and images of imagination. Ray has also exhibited around Australia and has made the final of several National art prizes as well as being awarded 3 people's choice awards this year.




Moreton Bay Region Art Awards 2013: Finalist

Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2013: People’s Choice Award Winner

Marie Ellis Drawing Prize 2013: Finalist

Northern Rivers Portrait Prize 2013: People’s Choice Award Winner

Lethbridge 10,000 2013: Highly Commended

Milburn Art Prize 2013: Highly Commended

Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2013: People’s Choice Award Winner

Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award 2012: Finalist

Marie Ellis Drawing Prize 2012: Finalist

Lethbridge 10,000 2012: Finalist

Arts Alliance of Pine Rivers 2012: First Prize Drawing

Arts Alliance of Pine Rivers 2012: Highly Commended Portrait

Marie Ellis Drawing Prize 2011: Finalist 

Arts Alliance of Pine Rivers 2011: First Prize Drawing


University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery: 2013 Joint Exhibition (with George Baldessin).

Caloundra Regional Gallery: 2013 Group Show

Blake House Gallery: 2013 Joint Exhibition (with Duncan Mattocks).

Griffith Regional Gallery: 2013 Group Exhibition

Hervey Bay Regional Gallery: 2013 Group Exhibition

Post Card Show Grafton Regional Art Gallery: 2013 Group Exhibition

New England Regional Art Museum: 2013 Group Exhibition

University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery: 2013 Group Exhibition 

Adelaide Perry Gallery: 2013 Group Exhibition

Redcliffe City Gallery: 2013 Group Exhibition

Semi-Permanent Book: 2013

Grafton Regional Gallery: 2012 Group Exhibition

White Silence: Collaborative Art Project at Jugglers Art Space: 2012 

BARI Exhibition: 2012 Group Exhibition

Solo Exhibition at Jugglers Art Space: 2012

50/50 Show: 2011 Group Exhibition