Tessa Coe

A FlourishingChatterFragilityAn ocean of meaningDesafinadoDeep simplicityFriends and acquaintancesGhost in the machineHeart beatIt's busy lifeOn becomingPleasurePrimaveraRealisationResilienceSeedlingThe need for speedWorld is crazier and more of it than you thinkYou go way

About Artist

Tessa’s early life was, thanks to her father, very academic. It was also, thanks to her Italian mother, vibrant and visual. These two sides to Tessa’s understanding of the world are still very much with her; Tessa has a degree and a PhD in Physics from Imperial College in London, and she has been drawing and painting from the heart all her life.

“A serious interest in art began when I was a student. The physics department at Imperial College is across the street from the Royal College of Art and a stones throw from the V&A and the Serpentine Gallery. Imperial was a science and engineering college when I was there, and so these juxtapositions were very fortunate for me. During my undergraduate years I was treated to wonderful lunchtime art history and poetry lectures, and had all of the London art galleries to explore.”

“At various stages in my life I have attended courses in drawing, painting and art history, most notably at Winchester School of Art, Southampton University, the Tower arts Centre in Winchester, and at the Juno Studio in Braishfield, in Hampshire. I have been a full time painter and exhibitor for the last fifteen years.”

“The artists whose work I go back to time and again for ideas and support are
Bridget Riley, Ian Davenport, Albert Irvin, John Hoyland, Richard Diebenkorn, and Ian McKeever.”


Tessa has collaborated with several scientists during her painting career, namely:

  • Prof Tim Elliott, Professor of Experimental Oncology, University of  Southampton
  • Dr. Joern Werner, Reader in Structural Biology, University of Southampton
  • Prof. Bernard Moxham, Emeritus Professor, University of Cardiff
  • Prof. Seth Bullock, Chair in Data Science and Simulation, University of Bristol

Work on permanent display

  • Microsoft eScience Research, Los Angeles
  • Somers Cancer Research Building, Southampton General Hospital
  • BioSciences Department, University of Cardiff
  • Faculty of Engineering, University of Bristol


‘Life is Complicated, and Complex’ Solo Exhibition at the Link Gallery, University of Winchester, March 2016

‘Engaging with Complexity’  Solo Exhibition of paintings alongside a variety of student computer generated images ; Level 4 Gallery, Hartley Library, Southampton University 2015.

‘Art@ICSS’ Solo Exhibition, Institute for Complex Systems Simulation, Southampton University 2013/2014

‘Interpretations’ works by Tessa Coe: Science@Microsoft – the Fourth Paradigm, CC 2012

‘Everyday Miracles’ Solo Exhibition , Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham 2011

‘Patterns of Significance’ Solo Exhibition, Biosciences Department, Cardiff University, 2009

‘Triple Vision’  Lauderdale House Gallery, Highgate Hill, London, 2007

‘Fossil Poetry’ Solo Exhibition at the Corn Exchange, Newbury, 2006

‘Art of Pattern’  Southampton Art Gallery, 2006

‘Art Intersect Science’ Lucid Gallery, San Francisco, 2005


Full Catalogue can be downloaded here