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Elizabeth Gourlay

Born in 1961 - United States

BIOGRAPHY

Elizabeth Gourlay is an American abstract artist whose work emerges from a progressive process of layering colour, lines and forms, informed both by inner emotional states and her observation of nature and architecture. She lives and works in Chester (CT).

Elizabeth Gourlay studied Drawing and Painting at the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland where she graduated in 1983, she then went to Yale University School of Art (CT) where she earned an MFA in Painting.

Elizabeth Gourlay uses a wide range of mediums such as oil, flashe, acrylic, ink and graphite to create artfully simple and strong compositions. Her work usually begins with layering washes of colours, then followed by drawings elements. The colours are sharply and fully selected, using a wide range of colour palettes from almost monochromatic to greatly polychromatic.

Her paintings are metaphorical: some of her pieces allude to science by illustrating experiments with coordinate planes and bar graphs. Some refer to music with shapes defining sound and colour defining volume. Furthermore, some paintings suggest history and culture with covering layers of apparent worn or shredded paper.

The use of line suggests influences from Agnes Martin while her play of colour reminds Paul Klee’s work. Elizabeth Gourlay's compositions deal with order and chaos using line, colour and shape.

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EXHIBITIONS

SELECTED SHOWS

2015
Tempos, Fox Gallery NYC, New York, New York (solo)
New Work, ArtHelix, Brooklyn, New York (solo)
Art on Paper, Gallery Molly Krom, Pier 36, New York, New York
Family Ties curated by Julie Torres and Bonny Leibowitz, 500X Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Going Big, curated by Suzan Shutan and Susan Carr, Central Booking, New York, New York
Seeing Sound, with Jane Harris, Alex Paik and Gelah Penn, ODETTA Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
Evolution of Immediacy, curated by Kevin Daly with works by: Cat Balco, Elizabeth Gourlay, Lucy Mink, Sue Post, Karen Schifano, Hannah Calcagni and Kathryn Frund, The Art Garage, Ball & Socket Arts, Cheshire, CT

2014
Second Family, curated by Julie Torres, 2 Rivington Street, New York, New York
Perception, Illusion, Magic, The Westport Art Center, Westport, Connecticut
Summer Sheets: selected works on paper, Brick Walk Fine Art, West Hartford, Connecticut
Mid-Year Exhibition, The National Academy Museum & School, New York, New York

2013
Sogno, works on paper and vellum, Spoleto, Italy, The Chester Gallery, Chester, Connecticut (solo)
Working It Out, The Painting Center, New York, New York
Creative Mischief, The National Academy Museum & School, New York, New York
Art Forms, An Exhibition of Artist Fellowship Recipients, The Gallery at Constitution Plaza, Hartford, Connecticut
SOLOS 2013, The Westport Art Center, Westport, Connecticut
New Work, Fred. Giampietro 91 Orange Street Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

2012
A Year Long Song, Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut (solo)
Modesty: a Policy, The Bogart Salon, Bushwick, New York
Paper New England: A 5th Anniversary Look, Manchester Community College, Manchester, Connecticut

2011
Selected Paintings and Works on Paper, Brick Walk Fine Art, West Hartford, Connecticut (solo)
Shared Sensibilities: Sol LeWitt and His Friends, The Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, Connecticut
An exchange with Sol LeWitt, Mass Moca, North Adams, Massachusetts
Abstract Principles, Fairfield Art Center, Fairfield, Connecticut
Out of Line, Artspace, New Haven, Connecticut
Abstracted, DNA Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts
Off the Grid: Selected Works on Paper by Elizabeth Gourlay and Peter Acheson, Brickwalk Fine Art, West Hartford, Connecticut
The San Francisco Art Fair, eo art lab, San Francisco, CA
Library Science, Artspace, New Haven, Connecticut

2010
Shared Response, eo art lab, Chester, Connecticut

2009
The Color of Harmony, The Gallery at Kinderhook, Salisbury, Connecticut (solo)
Meridians, eo art lab, Chester, Connecticut (solo)

2008
New Work, Diane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut (solo)
183rrd Annual: An Invitational of Contemporary American Art, National Academy Museum & School of Fine Arts, New York, New York
Focus New Haven, PNE, Paper New England, Hartford, Connecticut
Red Dot, New York City and Miami, eo art lab, Chester, Connecticut

2007
Rhythmic Relativism, eo art lab, Chester, Connecticut (solo)
Etudes, Diane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut (solo)
Blue Print, The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, Connecticut

2006
Saturated, Paesaggio Fine Art, Hartford, Connecticut (solo)

2005
Grids and Gardens, Moira Fitzsimmons Arons Art Gallery, Hamden, Connecticut (solo)
New Work, Paesaggio Fine Art, Hartford, Connecticut (solo)
Work from The LeWitt Collection, Real Art Ways, Hartford, Connecticut

2004
A Chronology, Cummings Arts Center at Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut (solo)
Crossing the Line-Elizabeth Gourlay/Zach Zaus, Bendheim Gallery, Greenwich, Connecticut

2003
New Work, Paesaggio Gallery, West Hartford, Connecticut (solo)
The 25th Annual Drawing Center Benefit Exhibition, The Drawing Center, New York, New York

2002
The Chester Gallery, Chester, Connecticut (solo)
Criss-Cross: Elizabeth Gourlay, Sol LeWitt, Ken Morgan, Cary Smith, Paesaggio Gallery, West Hartford, Connecticut

2001
Recent Works, Paesaggio Gallery, West Hartford, Connecticut (solo)
Collecting at Paesaggio, Paesaggio Gallery, West Hartford, Connecticut

2000
Recent Paintings & Works on Paper, Paesaggio Gallery, West Hartford, Connecticut (solo)
4 Painters: 4 Women, Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana
Connecticut Commission on The Arts Fellowship Exhibition, Hartford, Connecticut
Sum + Substance, Widener Gallery, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut

1997
Eclectic Landscapes, Jorgensen Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut

1995
The Connecticut Open, Real Art Ways, Hartford, Connecticut

1994
Measurement, Metaphor and Color, Maryland College of Art and Design, Silver Spring, Maryland

1991
Paintings, 369 Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (solo)

1990
Contemporary Still Life, The East Hampton Center For Contemporary Art, East Hampton, New York

1989
Curator’s Choice/New Directions, The Hecksher Museum, Huntington, New York

1988
The Drawing Show, 1988, The Koslow Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1986
Selections 34, The Drawing Center, New York, New York


AWARDS

Artist Fellowship Grant from the DECD/CT Office of the Arts, 2012-2013
Invited artist in residence at the studio of Sol LeWitt in Spoleto, Italy, 2011 & 2012
Invited artist, The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, Connecticut, 2007
Fellowship Grant at The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, 1986, 1988 & 1993
The Andrew Grant Traveling Scholarship, Edinburgh College of Art, 1981 & 1982


COLLECTIONS

The Lewitt Collection
The Marriott Family
Yale University

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