James Panero, executive editor of the New Criterion, reviewing one of her shows, says about Gourlay’s work:
“For Gourlay the painterly sound is rhythmic. She mutes her colors of melody to emphasize the syncopation of her forms. In her large square canvases, often named after instruments, she uses collage to layer horizontal strips of paper that have been tinted along their edges, then adds additional squares of paint like regular punctuations. In other examples she stacks her square blocks of color. In others she plucks an edge into a triangle. The overall results are quiet and harmonic, like an ensemble of world music in otherworldly form, here arranged in sublime surroundings."
This monotype is part of a series inspired by time spent working in Umbria, Italy.
The work was inspired by Gourlay's response to the surrounding color and the geometry of the architecture. They also play with thoughts about sound and music and how that is reflected around a space.
The title kitha is related to a series of works that she titled kithara which is the name for an ancient Greek instrument similar to a lyre.
This series of monotypes was created at The Center for Contemporary Printmaking in the autumn of 2014.
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About The Artist
Elizabeth Gourlay is an American contemporary artist who explores the possibilities of color, form and architectural space in her abstract paintings.Read More
About The Gallery
160 FERNHEAD ROAD,
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