Elizabeth Gourlay

United States 1961

Abstract Art


Elizabeth Gourlay
Elizabeth Gourlay
United States
November 12, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Elizabeth Gourlay is an American contemporary artist who explores the possibilities of color, form and architectural space in her abstract paintings, works on paper, and prints. She uses a wide range of media including oil, acrylic, ink and graphite to produce her unique pieces.

Abstract Paintings by Gourlay

Gourlay - Double Six - 2014 - painting / Kloste 2 - 2014 - painting
Elizabeth Gourlay – Double Six – 2014 (Left) / Kloste 2 – 2014 (Right)

Gourlay works through an intuitive process of layering color and forms to infuse the act of painting with her thoughts, emotions, and observations of the nature. The elements taken from music, architecture and the world around the artist, drive her compositions and colour combinations.

The colours in her artworks are sharply and fully chosen ranging from almost monochromatic to highly polychromatic. The artist permanently examines ways to broaden the scale of color interaction and expression. Repetitions of shape, color and line create pieces that are playful and serious, but also mysterious, meditative and stimulating.

Work by Gourlay - Saffron Slate - 2015 (Left) / Rufous Slate - 2015 (Right)
Elizabeth Gourlay – Saffron Slate – 2015 (Left) / Rufous Slate – 2015 (Right)

Born in 1961, Elizabeth Gourlay earned her BA (First Class Honors) from Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1983 and her MFA in Painting from Yale University School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut in 1985. She is the recipient of several grants and fellowships, including two Individual Artist State Grants from the DECD/Connecticut Office of the Arts.

Her work has been included in numerous individual and collective shows at galleries and museums throughout the United States and beyond including Fox Gallery NYC, New York; ArtHelix, Brooklyn, New York; 500X Gallery, Dallas, Texas; The National Academy Museum & School, New York, New York; The Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, Connecticut; DNA Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts; and The Hecksher Museum, Huntington, New York, among others.

Her work is held in many collections including the Marriott Family; the LeWitt Collection; Agnes and William Peelle, West Hartford, CT; Alliance Capital Management; The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; and Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland.

She is represented by IdeelArt.

Gourlay - Stammel - 2014 (Left) / Open Letter with 3 Forms - 2012 (Right)
Elizabeth Gourlay – Stammel – 2014 (Left) / Open Letter with 3 Forms – 2012 (Right)

Elizabeth Gourlay is based in Connecticut.

All Images Courtesy © Elizabeth Gourlay

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015TemposFox Gallery NYC, New York, New YorkSolo
2015New WorkArtHelix, Brooklyn, New YorkSolo
2015Art on PaperGallery Molly Krom, Pier 36, New YorkGroup
2015Family Ties500X Gallery, Dallas, TexasGroup
2015Going BigCentral Booking, New York, New YorkGroup
2015Seeing SoundOdetta Gallery, Brooklyn, New YorkGroup
2015Evolution of ImmediacyThe Art Garage, Ball & Socket Arts, Cheshire, CTGroup
2014Second Family2 Rivington Street, New York, New YorkGroup
2014Perception, Illusion, MagicThe Westport Art Center, Westport, ConnecticutGroup
2014Summer Sheets: selected works on paperBrick Walk Fine Art, West Hartford, ConnecticutGroup
2014Mid-Year ExhibitionThe National Academy Museum & School, New York, New YorkGroup
2013Working It OutThe Painting Center, New York, New YorkGroup
2013Creative MischiefThe National Academy Museum & School, New York, New YorkGroup
2013Art Forms, An Exhibition of Artist Fellowship RecipientsThe Gallery at Constitution Plaza, Hartford, ConnecticutGroup
2013SOLOS 2013The Westport Art Center, Westport, ConnecticutGroup
2013New WorkFred. Giampietro 91 Orange Street Gallery, New Haven, ConnecticutGroup
2012A Year Long SongGiampietro Gallery, New Haven, ConnecticutSolo
2012Modesty: a PolicyThe Bogart Salon, Bushwick, New YorkGroup
2012Paper New England: A 5th Anniversary LookManchester Community College, Manchester, ConnecticutGroup
2011Selected Paintings and Works on PaperBrick Walk Fine Art, West Hartford, ConnecticutSolo
2011Shared Sensibilities: Sol LeWitt and His FriendsThe Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, ConnecticutGroup
2011An exchange with Sol LeWittMass Moca, North Adams, MassachusettsGroup
2011Abstract PrinciplesFairfield Art Center, Fairfield, ConnecticutGroup
2011Out of LineArtspace, New Haven, ConnecticutGroup
2011AbstractedDNA Gallery, Provincetown, MassachusettsGroup
2011Off the Grid: Selected Works on Paper by Elizabeth Gourlay and Peter AchesonBrickwalk Fine Art, West Hartford, ConnecticutGroup
2011The San Francisco Art Faireo art lab, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011Library ScienceArtspace, New Haven, ConnecticutGroup
2010Shared Responseeo art lab, Chester, Connecticut Group
2009The Color of HarmonyThe Gallery at Kinderhook, Salisbury, ConnecticutSolo
2009Meridianseo art lab, Chester, ConnecticutSolo
2008New WorkDiane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, ConnecticutSolo
2008183rrd Annual: An Invitational of Contemporary American ArtNational Academy Museum & School of Fine Arts, New York, New YorkGroup
2008Focus New HavenPNE - Paper New England, Hartford, ConnecticutGroup
2008Red DotNew York City and Miami, eo art lab, Chester, ConnecticutGroup
2007Rhythmic Relativismeo art lab, Chester, ConnecticutSolo
2007EtudesDiane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, ConnecticutSolo
2007Blue PrintThe Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, ConnecticutGroup
2006SaturatedPaesaggio Fine Art, Hartford, ConnecticutSolo
2005Grids and GardensMoira Fitzsimmons Arons Art Gallery, Hamden, ConnecticutSolo
2005New WorkPaesaggio Fine Art, Hartford, ConnecticutSolo
2005Work from The LeWitt CollectionReal Art Ways, Hartford, Connecticut Group
2004A ChronologyCummings Arts Center at Connecticut College, New London, ConnecticutSolo
2004Crossing the Line-Elizabeth Gourlay/Zach ZausBendheim Gallery, Greenwich, Connecticut Group
2003New WorkPaesaggio Gallery, West Hartford, ConnecticutSolo
2003The 25th Annual Drawing Center Benefit ExhibitionThe Drawing Center, New York, New YorkGroup
2002Elizabeth GourlayThe Chester Gallery, Chester, ConnecticutSolo
2002Criss-CrossPaesaggio Gallery, West Hartford, ConnecticutGroup
2001Recent WorksPaesaggio Gallery, West Hartford, ConnecticutSolo
2001Collecting at PaesaggioPaesaggio Gallery, West Hartford, ConnecticutGroup
2000Recent Paintings & Works on PaperPaesaggio Gallery, West Hartford, ConnecticutSolo
20004 Painters: 4 WomenAnderson University, Anderson, IndianaGroup
2000Connecticut Commission on The Arts Fellowship ExhibitionHartford, ConnecticutGroup
2000Sum + SubstanceWidener Gallery, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut Group
1997Eclectic LandscapesJorgensen Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs, ConnecticutGroup
1995The Connecticut OpenReal Art Ways, Hartford, ConnecticutGroup
1994Measurement, Metaphor and ColorMaryland College of Art and Design, Silver Spring, MarylandGroup
1991Paintings369 Gallery, Edinburgh, ScotlandSolo
1990Contemporary Still LifeThe East Hampton Center For Contemporary Art, East Hampton, New YorkGroup
1989Curator’s Choice/New DirectionsThe Hecksher Museum, Huntington, New York Group
1988The Drawing ShowThe Koslow Gallery, Los Angeles, CaliforniaGroup
1986Selections 34The Drawing Center, New York, New YorkGroup