Tesselate Marisa Purcell Marisa Purcell - Tesselate
Tesselate 2018
TesselateMarisa PurcellTesselate
mixed media on linen
153 x 137 cm
$11,000  ENQUIRE
Veneer Marisa Purcell Marisa Purcell - Veneer
Veneer 2018
VeneerMarisa PurcellVeneer
mixed media on linen
183 x 168 cm
Signal Marisa Purcell Marisa Purcell - Signal
Signal 2018
SignalMarisa PurcellSignal
Mixed Media On Linen
153 x 137 cm
Threshold Marisa Purcell Marisa Purcell - Threshold
Threshold 2018
ThresholdMarisa PurcellThreshold
mixed media on linen
153 x 137 cm
$11,000  ENQUIRE
Twine Marisa Purcell Marisa Purcell - Twine
Twine 2018
TwineMarisa PurcellTwine
mixed media on linen
153 x 137 cm
Fabricate Marisa Purcell Marisa Purcell - Fabricate
Fabricate 2018
FabricateMarisa PurcellFabricate
mixed media on linen
168 x 183 cm
Tether Marisa Purcell Marisa Purcell - Tether
Tether 2018
TetherMarisa PurcellTether
mixed media on linen
153 x 137 cm
Domain Marisa Purcell Marisa Purcell - Domain
Domain 2018
DomainMarisa PurcellDomain
mixed media on linen
198 x 168 cm
Field Marisa Purcell Marisa Purcell - Field
Field 2018
FieldMarisa PurcellField
mixed media on linen
198 x 153 cm
Portal Marisa Purcell Marisa Purcell - Portal
Portal 2018
PortalMarisa PurcellPortal
mixed media on linen
183 x 168 cm
$13,500  ENQUIRE
Expanse Marisa Purcell Marisa Purcell - Expanse
Expanse 2018
ExpanseMarisa PurcellExpanse
mixed media on linen
183 x 153 cm
$13,000  ENQUIRE

"When I paint it feels as though the verbal part of my brain goes quiet.

Its like the pre-frontal cortex wakes up.

What emerges usually surprises me. The painting unfolds itself as I watch on. Every action connects like a spider web or a network of fungus linking an entire forest. One thing affects the other. The system is interdependent and co-dependant. I’ve always been interested in Einstein’s description of how mass affects the space around it. Space curves and every object sits in its own gravitational field, whilst still affecting its surrounds. Everything is a part of a system.

My ongoing interest in veils, curtains, looms, shields, cosmology and liminal spaces continue to be investigated in these latest paintings. These paintings attempt to create Realms, other possibilities, alternative zones - beyond realities we so carefully construct for ourselves. They reveal a space that sits just beyond me, one that can only be seen once the veils are pierced.

For me, the veil acts as a screen - mimicking the way the brain erects definitive boundaries to construct reality. The veil, though, in these paintings transformed itself into a curtain - a flimsy liminal device that implies movement. This movement makes it possible for me to activate the paintings’ surface- changeable depending on the viewing position. Like a mirror, my interest in reflective pigments allows the painting to exist amongst multiple versions of itself.

The way my paintings dictate themselves are (seemingly) akin to the universal laws of nature. They are a distillation of the endless possibilities available to me, condensed into one flattened surface. They are cross-sections of time and being. Painting is my way of filtering through the doppler effect of noise - and sit with the ubiquitous human desire to understand the unfathomable vastness of it all."

Marisa Purcell 'Transmission'

For Marisa Purcell, paint acts as a medium between the empirical world of knowing and a release into the unknown. As she works, her method stretches paint’s physical qualities by combining thinly veiled layers of colour, allowing paint to pool and dry slowly. Through this she builds strange relationships of shape and scale while marking graphic rhythms at varying speeds and densities, risking awkward crises that stand as metaphors for everyday life.

Purcell employs her depth of experience with oil, acrylic, watercolour, and drawing media to conjure an internal landscape at symbiotic play with notions of micro and macro cosmologies. She says, “the most beautiful thing occurs when discord is integral to the resolution of a painting: there must be something at stake, or you haven’t pushed your own sense of what you’re capable of doing”.

Marisa holds a Master of Visual Arts from Sydney College of Arts, University of Sydney and a Master of Art Administration from the University of New South Wales, College of Fine Art. Her work is exhibited and collected nationally and internationally and she has received numerous awards, residencies and fellowships. She was recently a finalist in the Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2021.

October 18, 2022


Marisa Purcell is a finalist in the 2022 Fisher's Ghost Art Award with her work 'Yesterday's Song' (image below).

The Award is an annual art prize inviting artists to submit works in a variety of artistic categories and mediums. Now in its 60th year, there is $72,000 in prize money to be won. The Open Award is acquisitive to the Campbelltown City Council collection and in 2022, in celebration of the 60th Anniversary; the award is valued at $60,000.


October 18, 2022


Marisa Purcell is a finalist in the 2022 Mosman Art prize with her work 'Hovering Overhead' (image below).

Established in 1947, the Mosman Art Prize is Australia's oldest and most prestigious local government art award. It was founded by the artist, architect and arts advocate, Alderman Allan Gamble, at a time when only a small handful of art prizes were in existence in Australia and the community had very little support and few opportunities to exhibit their work.

As an acquisitive art award for painting, the winning artworks collected form a splendid collection of modern and contemporary Australian art, reflecting all the developments in Australian art practice since 1947. Artists who have won the Mosman Art Prize include Margaret Olley, Guy Warren, Grace Cossington Smith, Weaver Hawkins, Nancy Borlase, Lloyd Rees, Elisabeth Cummings, Adam Cullen, Michael Zavros, Natasha Walsh and Salote Tawale.

The 2022 judge of the Mosman Art Prize is Rhana Devenport ONZM.


June 29, 2021


Marisa Purcell is a finalist in the 2021 Sulman Prize with her work 'That Time of Day'. Administered by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the prize was first awarded in 1936. Each year the trustees invite a guest artist to judge the competition.

Marisa's work 'That time of day' considers those moments between day and night, where the last burst of blue lets itself dissipate into the darkness. These transitory spaces are intrinsic to human experience everywhere.

The painting contemplates layers of light and colour and the affect it can have when you are surrounded by it. Supported by a warm ground of raw linen and pink, veils of transparent colour shift in and out of perceptibility, activating an awareness of looking. This is a human-scaled painting, intended as an opportunity to feel and connect with this shared human experience.

August 17, 2019


Through the Margaret Olley Art Centre, the Tweed Regional Gallery offers a unique experience of Margaret Olley’s home studio, provide insight into Australian art history and practice, and honor the artist’s legacy of mentorship and patronage. The Nancy Fairfax Artist-In-Residence (AIR) studio program encourages arts practice and creative engagement between artist, community and place.

The AIR studio will extend and complete the re-creation of Margaret Olley’s home studio at Tweed Regional Gallery. Throughout her professional life, Margaret Olley supported many artists through mentorship and financial assistance. To Margaret, the most productive ways of supporting artists were to encourage the public exhibition of an artist’s practice and to encourage sales. It is widely known that Olley mentored a number of younger artists and encouraged their representation in public and private collections. She actively supported artists and advanced their careers through purchasing works for collections or offering artists the opportunity to further their development through fellowship programs.

The AIR studio program will offer artists an opportunity to stimulate their practice in a creative environment. The Gallery will administer and promote a program which will see at least two invited artists participate in funded residency programs at TRG annually. The artwork resulting from these residences will be included in the Gallery’s exhibition program and displayed in the Friends of the Gallery.

Marisa Purcell will take up the Residency in 2020.


August 9, 2019


Marisa Purcell has been awarded a Kedewatan Residency in Ubud which she will take up later in 2019.

The Kedewatan Residency Program was established by artists as a space for professional contemporary artists, writers, curators, dancers to make work, while providing the opportunity to immerse themselves in the vibrant community of Ubud. The studio residency offers a private residence for both the research and creation of new work.


August 3, 2018


Marisa Purcell's work Tesselate has been selected as a finalist in the Redland Art Awards.

This is a biennial contemporary painting competition open to all Australian artists. Redland Art Awards 2018 features four prizes, totalling over $20,000.

Now celebrating its 31st year, the competition is presented at the Redland Art Gallery in Brisbane. Opened in 2003, Redland Art Gallery is a vibrant cultural destination with a varied exhibition program of innovative and traditional works.

Sunday 2 September - Sunday 14 October 2018. Read more HERE.

May 14, 2018


Marisa Purcell is a finalist in the 2018 Ravenswood Art Prize with her work 'Cage'. More than just an art prize, The Ravenswood is a visual art movement championed by women. 

Approximately 70% of art school graduates nationally are female. However, female artists are significantly underrepresented in gallery exhibitions and prize recipients. ‘The numbers just don’t add up for women in the visual arts world,’ said Edwina Palmer, Head of Visual Arts at Ravenswood School for Girls. 

The prize is designed to promote and connect Australia’s female artists. It consists of two categories; the Professional Artists’ prize valued at $35,000, and an Emerging Artist prize valued at $5,000, making the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize the richest professional art prize for women in Australia.

‘I see it very much as a space for women, and we hope we can do a lot for them. The Art Prize gives women another opportunity to build their careers, and to put the spotlight on women in art,’ said Palmer.  

Established in 2017, the inaugural Art Prize was an extraordinary success with over 780 entrants. Palmer was stunned with the reception the Prize received. 

March 6, 2018


Marisa Purcell's work 'Conceal' 2016 has been included in the inaugural exhibition of the new Gippsland Art Gallery title 'imagine' which celebrates the imagination in all its wild and wonderful forms.

Curated by Simon Gregg, 'imagine' is about beginnings — the beginning of the world, the birth of consciousness, an awakening to the possibilities before us.


September 19, 2017


Congratulations to artist Marisa Purcell for being a finalist in this years Paddington Art Prize 2017.

The Paddington Art Prize is a $25,000 National acquisitive prize, awarded annually for a painting inspired by the Australian landscape. Established in 2004 by Arts Patron, Marlene Antico OAM, this National prize takes its place among the country’s most lucrative and highly coveted painting prizes.

The prize encourages the interpretation of the landscape as a significant contemporary genre, its long tradition in Australian painting as a key contributor to our national ethos, and is a positive initiative in private patronage of the arts in Australia.

This year welcomes the People's Choice award. Details here.

Exhibition current until Sunday 22nd October.

November 7, 2016


Marisa Purcell is a finalist in the 2016 Grace Cossington Smith Art Award.  

The award is sponsored by Abbotsleigh School and commemorates one of its alumni, Grace Cossington Smith, who is known as a pioneer of modernist painting in Australia.  Artists were invited to submit original two dimensional artworks reflecting the theme of Making Connections. The winning entry will form part of the permanent collection of Abbotsleigh’s Grace Cossington Smith Gallery. 

Read more about the award here.

May 28, 2016

The IN/OUT design blog: Marisa Purcell

The IN/OUT design blog features an article on Marisa Purcell’s ‘Screen’, an exhibition of new paintings. Katrina Arent writes, ‘Abstract art is deeply engaged with science and the natural universe and yet not always in specific ways that are readily apparent. Discovering ways to articulate these often complex ideas provides the central motivation for artist Marisa Purcell…  Intangible concepts about the nature of reality, coupled with the open-ended process of making an artwork, gives rise to paintings that provoke thought and engage the senses.’ Read the full article here

The exhibition is current until 11 June, 2016. For a copy of the catalogue, please email [email protected] or view the exhibition online.

February 6, 2015

Marisa Purcell: Artist Interview on Daily Imprint

Marisa Purcell speaks openly about her practice leading up to her solo exhibition at Edwina Corlette Gallery:

“Getting my first studio was a significant thing for me – and since then I have taken a path of showing my work very regularly – in both artist-run spaces and commercial spaces in Australia and overseas.  Moving overseas and undertaking residencies allowed me to explore European art and see painting from an international viewpoint.”

Read the full interview on Daily Imprint here.

February 6, 2015

Marisa Purcell in the Studio

We paid a visit to Marisa's studio prior to her solo exhibition of new paintings titled, 'Unbounded'. Hear what Marisa has to say about her practice:

February 6, 2015

Art Guide: Preview

Freelance arts writer, Louise Martin-Chew, covers Marisa Purcell's 2015 solo exhibition Unbounded in a preview article for Art Guide Australia. Louise writes:

"In Unbounded, Marisa Purcell explores the natural, the sacred and the spirit through a series of abstract paintings. At turns poignant, moving and arresting in their capture of space, time and memory, they direct the viewer to an ephemeral moment just below the conscious."

Read the full article here.

December 19, 2014

Blake Prize Finalist Marisa Purcell

Congratulations to Marisa Purcell who is a finalist in the 2014 Blake Prize with her beautiful work Quiver. Judges of the Blake Prize, Anne Ferran (artist), Alexie Glass-Kantor (curator), and Alex Norman (religion academic), said submissions had ‘cast aside the leaden notion of religions as simply collections of statements about the nature of things. Here instead we see the religious and the spiritual as diverse, contradictory, uplifting, and mundane, all at once. Some of the works are playful and wry. Equally, we also see darkness, fear, and lamentation. Taken together, a distinctly optimistic and positive sentiment is palpable.’


18 October 2022 – 5 November 2022
‘Light Matter’ featuring Julian Meagher & Marisa Purcell

23 November 2021 – 15 December 2021

5 – 21 October 2021
Marisa Purcell ‘Outside In’

20 April 2021 – 8 May 2021
Marisa Purcell ‘Endlessness’

8 – 28 August 2019

26 June 2019 – 17 July 2019
THE NEW GALLERY SHOW — A Group Exhibition

29 August 2018 – 15 September 2018

16 March 2018 – 7 April 2018
Marisa Purcell ‘Transmission’

14 May 2016 – 11 June 2016
Marisa Purcell ‘Screen’

3 – 28 February 2015
Marisa Purcell ‘Unbounded’

10 September 2013 – 12 October 2013
5th Anniversary Exhibition

26 March 2013 – 13 April 2013
Marisa Purcell ‘Communion’

27 March 2012 – 14 April 2012
Marisa Purcell ‘Murmuration’

14 March 2011 – 2 April 2011
Marisa Purcell ‘Immanence’ (Gallery 1)