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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.

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

About the Artist

1961 , United States

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.

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