On Balawan, 2019, acrylic on linen
"At this time I’m recalling a history of circumstances that seem to frame the commitment to a life of colour-work. Perhaps one’s early history sets up an internal rhythm with variations that have visual resonance. Circumstances attune one to polarities needing grounding. Contrasting perceptions and conflicts that are not forgotten, but transformed through the work that one does. All of which leads to colour and light for me, where curiosity about one’s sensory body and place in the environment is repeatedly called to mind".
- Liz Coats
Dr Liz Coats is an abstract colour painter who has exhibited extensively since the mid-1970s in numerous galleries around Australia, as well as in New Zealand, Japan, China, Denmark and Slovenia. In 1997 she completed a Master of Fine Arts from the College of Fine Arts, (UNSW), with research into kiln-fired painting on glass, and in 2012 she completed a doctorate at the School of Art (ANU), Canberra, including an exegesis titled "Organic growth and form in abstract painting". She has been awarded numerous prizes and grants as well as fifteen Australian and international artists' residencies, and has contributed to numerous academic meetings over the last 25 years.
Liz works in series’ that explore enduring questions around colour perception. Her paintings are held in numerous private collections and more than thirty public collections, including the Australian National Gallery, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Queensland Art Gallery and the Auckland City Art Gallery. An inclusive work history can be found on her website: www.lizcoats.com.au
Interdependence exhibition, Utopia Gallery, 2020
On Balawan (detail), 2019, acrylic on linen
Bird’s Eye #9, 1996, glass pigments on float glass
This event continues a series of webinars presented free of charge by the Colour Society of Australia NSW Division during the covid-19 crisis. Registration is essential and limited to 100 participants worldwide, so early registration is advised. These webinars are open to CSA members and non-members around Australia and the world, but as a reward to our wonderful members we make bookings available to members-only for about a week before they are open to nonmembers, to ensure that no member need miss out on a place provided that they register promptly. (Please note that our June webinar with paint-maker Michael Harding was booked out a full week in advance). Successful registrants will be notified by reply email and will be sent the link and instructions to join the webinar on the Zoom platform shortly before the event. RSVP Deadline Saturday September 26, 5 pm.
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