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Elizabeth Gourlay

United States

6 Works exhibited on Kooness

Current location

Chester, (CT)

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Works by Elizabeth Gourlay

BK 2



40 x 50cm

3193,00 €




47 x 33cm

2838,00 €




45 x 47cm


Kitha 5


Prints , Drawings , Mixed Media

38.1 x 40.5cm


Portal 5


Paintings , Mixed Media

30 x 22.9cm


Pinck 2


Paintings , Mixed Media

30 x 22.9cm


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 media 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.


Gourlay thinks of her work as a meditation on colours, lines and forms, leading to a complex network of shifting shapes and colours. "The shapes and lines create my own vocabulary of abstract forms."

She has an interest in elements found in nature, architecture and music, drawing lines, grids and geometric shapes to demonstrate it. Indeed, her work is often described by its musicality and architectonic connotations.

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



Gourlay's work is featured in various private and corporate collections including The Lewitt Collection, The Marriott Family and Yale University.


Elizabeth Gourlay has extensively exhibited in solo and group shows on the US East Coast.



Tempos , Fox Gallery NYC, New York, New York

New Work , ArtHelix, Brooklyn, New York


Sogno , works on paper, The Chester Gallery, Chester , CT


A Year Long Song , Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT


Selected Paintings and Works on Paper , Brick Walk Fine Art, West Hartford, CT


The Color of Harmony, The Gallery at Kinderhook, Salisbury, CT

Meridians , eo art lab, Chester, CT


New Work , Diane Birdsall G allery, Old Lyme, CT


Rhythmic Relativism , eo art lab, Chester, CT

Etudes , Diane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, CT


Saturated , Paesaggio Fine Art, Hartford, CT


Grids and Gardens , Moira Fitzsimmons Arons Art Gallery, Hamden, CT

New Work , Paesa ggio Fine Art, Hartford, CT


A Chronology , Cummings Arts Center at Connecticut College, New London


New Work , Paesaggio Gallery, West Hartford, CT


The Chester Gallery, Chester, CT


Recent Works, Paesaggio Gallery, West Hartford, CT


Elizabeth Gourlay, Paintings, 369 Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland



State of Abstraction, curated by Daphne Anderson Deeds, Washington Art Association, Washington, Connecticut

Among Friends, DUMBO, 55 Washington St, Brooklyn, New York

Mighty Minis, curated by Suzan Shutan, Melanie Carr Gallery, Essex, Connecticut


Big Idea, The Painting Center, New York, New York

Abstract, curated by Susan Classen-Sullivan, The Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery, Manchester Community College, Manchester, Connecticut

Visual Impressions: Josephine Burr, Elizabeth Gourlay, Anna Helper and David Hornung, Cynthia Winings Gallery, Blue Hill, Maine

Maniac Episode V, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, Connecticut

Becoming: 30 Hotchkiss Artists, The Tremain Gallery, The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT

Interplay: Joseph Byrne & Elizabeth Gourlay, curated by Ann Finholt and Walter Kendra, The Annual Maxwell Shepard Memorial Invitational exhibition, The Gallery on the Green, Canton, Connecticut

Mighty Minis, curated by Suzan Shutan, Souterrain Gallery, West Cornwall, Connecticut

Black Box, Boeckercontemporary, Heidelberg, Germany traveling to Centre d'art Contemporain, Metz, France


Laura Moriarty and Elizabeth Gourlay, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, New York

Featured flat-file artist for HUE[S]PACE, an installation by Debra Ramsay, ODETTA Gallery, 229 Cook Street, Brooklyn, New York

DristiA Concentrated Gaze, curated by Elizabeth Heskin and Patricia Spergel, 1285 Avenue of the Americas Gallery, New York, New York

Recursive Threads: Elizabeth Gourlay and Ann Stewart Conrad, The Tremaine Gallery, The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Connecticut

2nd Hand Pulled Print Exhibition, SITE:BROOKLYN, Brooklyn, New York

Art & Design 20/21, Garvy Rita Art & Antiques, Boston, Massachusetts

4rth National Monotype Exhibition, The Monotype Guild of New England, Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, Massachusetts


 Art on Paper , Gallery Molly Krom, Pier 26, New York

 Seeing Sound , ODETTA, flat files, Brooklyn, New York

 Lost Cat , Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, Massachu setts

 Family Ties , 500X Gallery, Dallas, Texas

 Going Big , Central Booking, New York, New York

  Evolution of Immediacy , Ball & Socket Arts, Cheshire, Connecticut

 8th Annual Art & Design 20/21, Gar vy Rita Art & Antiques, Boston


 Second Family , curated b y Julie Torres, New York

 Mid - Year Exhibition : 2013 - 2014, Nat ional Academy School, New York

 Perception Illusion Magic, The Westport Art Center, Westport, CT

Summer Sheets : Selected Works on Paper, Brick Walk Fine Art, West Hartford, CT

The Boston Internatio nal Art Fair, Garv ey Rita Art & Antiques, Boston


Working It Out , The Paint ing Center, New York

Creative Mischief, The National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, New York

Art Forms : An exhibition of Artist Fellowship Recipients, Constitution Pla za, Hartford, Connecticut

SOLOS 2013 , The Westport Art Center, Westport, Connecticut

New Work: Elizabeth Gourlay and Kevin Finklea, 91 Orange Street Gallery, Fred.Giampietro, New Haven, Connecticut


Modesty : a Policy, The Bogart Salon, Brooklyn, New York

Paper New England : A 5th Anniversary Look, Manchester Community College, Manchester, Connecticut


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, Brick Walk Fine Art, West Hartford, Connecticut

Synesthesia , eo art lab, Chester, Connecticut

Library Science , Artspace, New Haven, Connecticut


Architectural Digest Show, New York, NY, eo art lab, Chester, CT


183 rd Annual: An Invitational of Contemporary American Art , National Academy Museum & School of Fine Art New York

 Focus New Haven , PNE, Paper New England, Hartford, Connecticut


Blue Print , The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, Connecticut


Work from The LeWitt Colle ction , Real Art Ways, Hartford, Connecticut


Crossing the Line - Elizabeth Gourlay/Zach Zau s , Bendheim Gallery, Greenwich, CT


The 25th Annual Drawing Center Benefit Exhibition , The Drawing Center, New York


Criss - Cross: Elizabeth Gourlay, Sol LeWitt, Ken Morgan, Cary Smith, Paesaggio Gallery, West Hartford, Connecticut


Collecting at Paesaggio , Paesaggio Gallery, West Hartford, Connecticut


4 Painters: 4 Women, Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana

Connecticut Commission on The Arts Fellowship Exhibition , Hartford

Sum + Substance, Widener Gall ery, Trinity College, Hartford, CT


Eclectic Landscapes , Jorgensen Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Co n necticut


The Connecticut Open , Real Art Ways, Hartford, Connecticut


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


Contemporary Still Life , The East Hampton Center For Contemporary Art, East Ham p ton, New York


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


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


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



James Panero, The New Criterion, Gallery cronicle, Tempos: Selected Works by Elizabeth Gourlay 2013 - 2015, Fox Gallery, NYC, November, 201 5.

Janis Mink, In Historical Context: Some thoughts about the work of Elizabeth Gourlay, Exhi bition catalog essay for Tempos: Selected Works by Elizabeth Gourlay 2013 - 2015, Fox Gallery NYC, October, 2015

Brett Baker, Painters' Table, Elizabeth Gourlay: Vision Images (December 26, 2013), Painting in Connecticut (December 10, 2012) , Elizabeth Gourl ay: Studio Visit (July 2, 2012).

Richard Benari and Lauren Henkin, Backstory: Elizabeth Gourlay, Tilted Arc, a journal of art, ideas, opinion and verse. (December 16), 2013

Stephen B MacInness, Have you met...Elizabeth Gourlay?, Painter's Progress, (Novemb er 18), 2013

Gorky's Granddaughter, documentary video interview with Zachary Keeting and Christopher Joy, (May), 2012

Joanne Mattera, A Connecticut Afternoon, (November), 2012

Kristin Rasich Fox, Abstract Principles at the Fairfield Art Center, FC Buzz, Arts & Culture of Fairfield County, (September 21), 2011

Sharon Butler, Elizabeth Gourlay's Simple Means, Two Coats of Paint, (October 22), 2009

John Haber, The 2008 National Academy Annual, New.York.Art.Crit, (June 12), 2008

Steve Starger, Physical Culture : Abstracts by Elizabeth Gourlay, Zbigniew Grzyb, Letty Fonteyne, Elizabeth Macdermid and Pamela Stockamore, Art New England (December 2003/January 2004)

Patricia Rosoff, What am I supposed to think? How to read the abstraction of LeWitt, Gourlay, Morgan and Smith, The Hartford Advocate (September 5), 2002

Matt Damsker, Elizabeth Gourlay Evokes Emotion From Strictured Shapes, Hartford Courant (April 30), 2000

2012 – 13

Artist Fellowship Grant from the DECD/CT Office of the Arts


Invited artist in residence, studio of Sol LeWitt, Spoleto, Italy


Invited artist, The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, Connecticut


Site - specific painting, The New London Cancer Center, Waterford, Connecticut


Two site - specific wall drawings, The Ashforth Company,Stamford, CT

2000 - 2001

Connecticut Commission on the Arts Fellowship Grant

1986, 1988 & 1993

Fellowship Grant at The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont


Fellowship at Yale/Norfolk Summer School of Music & Art, Norfolk, Connecticut

1981 & 1982

The Andrew Grant Traveling Scholarship, Edinburgh College of Art