Elizabeth Gourlay earned her MFA at Yale University School of Art and her BA from Edinburgh College of Art. Her work has been shown extensively throughout the United States and she is the recipient of numerous residencies, fellowships, and awards including Artist in Residence at the studio of Sol LeWitt in Spoleto, Italy. Gourlay’s work has been written about in The New Criterion, Painters’ Table and many other publications and she has been interviewed by Gorky’s Granddaughter.
Her work is shown nationally and internationally including at MASS MoCA, The National Academy and School of fine Arts, the Cummings Arts Center at Connecticut College, the Hecksher Museum and the Widener Gallery at Trinity College, and at the Drawing Center NYC. She teaches 2D Design, Color Theory and Painting and Abstraction in Continuing Ed at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Abstract Painting and Color at The Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.
Elizabeth Gourlay’s paintings are gradual and progressive meditations on color and form. Her shapes and lines create a distinct vocabulary of abstract marks. The work resonates with inner emotional states, elements of feelings or subconscious thoughts combined with conscious thought about color, form and geometric structure. Shifting bars, lines and blocks of color around the picture plane are analogous to moving musical notes and chords around the score.