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 thoughts and emotional responses to the color and geometry of the architecture of Umbria, Italy.
It was created with Master Printer Taka Maruno at The National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts in the winter of 2013.
In the background layer, Gourlay was exploring different viscosities in the ink combined with a range of densities of color and shape with the foreground layer.
She likes the immediacy and experimental quality of monotypes, in addition to the element of surprise.
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Elizabeth Gourlay is an American contemporary artist who explores the possibilities of color, form and architectural space in her abstract paintings.Read More
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