Liz Coats


About the Artists:

Liz Coats is an abstract painter who has been exhibiting paintings in solo shows since the mid-1970s. She works in series that explore enduring questions about colour perception and spatial relations.

Liz recognizes painting as a sensory medium as well as an intellectual enquiry. More than just painted surfaces, she is concerned with the expressive potential of paint materials to communicate generative principles, mediating perception between the physical nature of painting and virtual spaces.

October 2017 saw the Drill Hall University curate a long overdue retrospective exhibition of Liz Coats works, covering more than 30 years of art practice. An outstanding monograph was produced with Toby Oates which can be purcahsed through the University. 


Solo Exhibitions:
2017  Liz Coats: Active Seeing, Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra
2013-17  Utopia Art Sydney
2014  Megalo Print Studio Gallery, Canberra
2008  See, Hear, Know series, Utopia Art Sydney.
            Selected paintings from See, Hear, Know series, Tivoli Gallery, Waiheke  Island, NZ
2006  Strata, Utopia Art Sydney
2004  Liquid Light, Utopia Art Sydney
2003  Lilian Ida Smith Acquisitive Award exhibition, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui, NZ.
            New Paintings, Utopia Art Sydney  (paintings & glass)
            New Work : paintings & glass, Studio Gallery, Te Tuhi-The Mark, Manukau City, NZ.
2002  Paintings & glass, X Space, Auckland University of Technology, NZ.
            Paintings, Quay Gallery, Whanganui Community Polytechnic, NZ.
2001  Shifting Geometries, Hocken Library Gallery, Dunedin, NZ. (paintings & glass)
            Shifting Geometries, The Physics Room, Christchurch, NZ. (paintings & glass)
2000  Shifting Geometries, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui, NZ. (paintings & glass)
1998  Installation of paintings & glass, Art Gallery of NSW, Level 2 
            The Sieve, Nets & Everything, Creation Gallery, Beijing
            Morphic paintings, Annandale Galleries, Sydney
1997  Returning series, glass, Annandale Galleries, Sydney
1996  Lattice paintings, Annandale Galleries, Sydney.
1995  Lattice paintings, Brooker Gallery, Wellington, NZ
1994  Knot paintings, Annandale Galleries, Sydney
1993  Selected paintings, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne
            Works on Paper, Brooker Gallery, Wellington
1992  Cicadas, Annandale Galleries, Sydney
1991  Magnetism, Syme/Dodson Gallery, Sydney
            Magnetism, Brooker Gallery, Wellington
1990  The Fisherwoman & the Gardener, Syme/Dodson Gallery, Sydney
1989  Growing paintings, Syme/Dodson Gallery, Sydney
1987  Growing Paintings, Garry Anderson Gallery, Sydney
1986  Soundings, Garry Anderson Gallery, Sydney
1985  Bridges, Garry Anderson Gallery, Sydney
1984  Dark water, ?owing light, Garry Anderson Gallery, Sydney
1983  Avago, Sydney
1981  Kores, David Reids’ Gallery, Sydney
1978  Chameleons & Tapestries, Gallery Data, Auckland, NZ
            Chameleons & Tapestries, Riverina College of Advanced Education, Wagga Wagga
1977  Chameleons, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne University Union
Selected Group Exhibitions:
Always Slipping Away, Sophie Quinn, Merryn Lloyd, Liz Coats, Tributary Projects, Canberra
Abstraction: celebrating Australian women abstract artists, Geelong Gallery (a National Gallery of Australia Exhibition) 
Abstraction-Celebrating Australian women abstract artists, curator: Lara Nicholls, National Gallery of Australia touring exhibition

Vice-Chancellor’s College Artist Fellows, Foyer Gallery, ANU School of Art, Canberra Cornucopia, Utopia Art Sydney

Ground Truthing – Artists and Archaeology, curator: Ursula Frederick, Foyer Gallery, ANU   School of Art, Canberra Abstraction #14, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

Common Ground: recent work by ANCA Studio Artists, ANCA Gallery, Canberra

Abstracting the Collection, curator: Gemma Weston, Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Univ. Western Australia, Perth
Now and When: contemplating climates on the South East Coast, Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre, Eden, NSW
No Boundaries, Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre, Brighton, Melbourne

Word of Mouth, curator: Mark Bayley, Canberra Museum & Art Gallery
Abstraction #11, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne Paperworks, Utopia Art Sydney
Far Enough : Aesthetic Responses to the Far South Coast, Bega Valley Regional Gallery, NSW
Mallee [Maeli] : Art from Arid Places, School of Art Gallery, ANU, Canberra
Single State – A unique take on the land, Megalo Print Studio Gallery, Canberra
This Way Up, three exhibitions on abstraction, curators: Ruth Waller & Peter Maloney, School of Art Gallery ANU, M16 & ANCA Galleries, Canberra, with illustrated catalogue.
Engaging Visions : Your place in one art, Curator John Reid, ANU School of Art Gallery, with illustrated catalogue. Museum III, Utopia Art Sydney
Pinned and Framed – works on paper, Utopia Art Sydney
Engaging Visions: A Benalla Field Study, Benalla Art Gallery, Vic.
Abstraction 8, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne.
Korean International Art Fair, CO-EX, Korea.
Foresight: Work from the University of Sydney Union Art Collection, curator: Connie Tornatorie-Loong, Sydney University Art Gallery.
Paperwork: works on paper from the Bundanon Artist in Residence collection, Shoalhaven City Art Centre, Nowra.
Shaping Perspectives: Sydney College of the Arts Alumni, current postgraduate students and staff of the Glass Studio, curator: Lee Mathers, Horus & Deloris Contemporary Art Space, Sydney.
Fragile Absolute, Delmar Art Gallery, Curator: Brad Buckley, Sydney.
Australian Abstraction, Utopia Art Sydney.
Three Abstract Painters: Liz Coats, Helen Eager, Peter Maloney, Utopia Art Sydney
Norsewood Contemporary Art Award exhibition, Hastings, NZ.
Space Between Words, Brown’s Cows Art Projects, Gosford, NSW
Bits and Pieces, Utopia Art Sydney
Wanganui Exposed, Percy Thomson Gallery, Stratford, NZ.
Mosman Art Prize exhibition, Sydney
Melbourne Art Fair, Utopia Art Sydney Gallery, Melbourne.
So you Wanna be a Rock’n’Roll Star: Australian Painting from the NGV Shell Collection, toured by the National Gallery of Victoria to Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery; McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park & Hamilton Art Gallery.
The Year in Art, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
Dawn Light, Gosford Regional Art Gallery, Gosford, NSW, in association with Dawn Light Symposium.
Blue, Glasmuseet, Ebeltoft, Denmark
Paddington Art Prize exhibition, Marlene Antico Fine Arts, Sydney.
From Big Things, Little things Grow, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
Hazelhurst Art Award exhibition, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, NSW.  
Abstraction 4, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne.
Norsewear Art Award exhibition, Hawkes Bay Exhibition Centre, Hastings
House of Dowse, Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, NZ
Museum II, Utopia Art Sydney
Southern Exposure: A Survey of New Zealand Glass, curators: Grace Cochrane & Angela Lassig. Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui, Objectspace, Auckland, NZ and Glasmuseet, Ebeltoft, Denmark.
Abstracting the Collection, curators: Zara Stanhope & Kendrah Morgan, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne.
Recent Acquisitions, Christchurch City Art Gallery, Christchurch
Wanganui Arts Review, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui.  Merit Award
Melbourne Art Fair 2004, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
Art and the Horizon of Meaning, curator: Rod Pattenden, Macquarie University, Sydney.
Hidden Treasures, Campbelltown City Art Gallery, NSW
The Wonder of Water, Unesco year of water.  Curator: Teresa Gooden, Community Arts Centre, Wanganui.
Mosman Prize exhibition, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney.
Winner of Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Exhibition curator: Felicity Fenner, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney.
Good Vibrations: The Legacy of Op Art in Australia, curator: Zara Stanhope, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne.
Wallace Art Awards, Auckland War Memorial Museum & Massey University, Wellington Campus, NZ. (Special Jury Award).
Liz Coats & Eva Heimer, curator: Nick Vickers, Sir Herman Black Gallery, University of Sydney Union.
A Silver Lining & a New Beginning, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, Sydney. 
The Year in Review, Utopia Art Sydney
Melbourne Art Fair 2002, Royal Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne
Liz Coats & Eva Heimer, curator: Nick Vickers, Equrna Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The Numbers Game: Art and Mathematics, curator: Zara Stanhope, Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University, Wellington.
Meeting Lines: Margaret Roberts and Liz Coats, Otago Polytechnic Art School, Dunedin.
Silver, Curator: Nick Waterlow, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney.
Primary Colours: Red, Annandale Galleries, Sydney.
Optics, Curator: Nick Vickers, Sir Herman Black Gallery, University of Sydney Union.
Australian Watercolour Institute, Contemporary Invitational '98, curator: Jo Holder, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney.  
After the Masters 1993-7, selected work. Curators: Jennifer Hardy & Nick Waterlow, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney.
Co-Existence - Australian Artists Against Racism, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney.
Primary Colours: Blue, Annandale Galleries, Sydney.
Art-Inter-Change, Exhibition in conjunction with 2nd IAAH Pacfic Rim Conference on Adolescent Health, Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Sydney.
AAAR! WIK Jigsaw, Conference for Reconciliation, Melbourne,
18-26 May. AAAR! Message Sticks, Field of Dreams, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney. 
Drawing on the Diaphanous (glass artists in association with Ausglass Conference) Michael Nagy Gallery, Sydney.
Skirting Abstraction: Twelve Women Abstract Painters, Curator: John Hurrell, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, NZ.
Unavailable Space, Curator: Suzanne Bartos, Performance Space, Sydney.
Mosman Art Prize exhibition, Sydney.
Australian Contemporary Painting, Annandale Galleries.
Minima:Maxima, Liz Coats, Jim Croke, Jon Plapp. Curator:Nick Vickers, Sir Herman Black           Gallery, Sydney University Union.
Bathurst Art Purchase exhibition, Bathurst Regional Gallery.
D.O.T.S. – Door Open Table Set (a Synapse event), The Performance Space Gallery.    
Horst Kiechle, Margaret Roberts & Liz Coats, Parliament House Gallery, Sydney.
Traces: Aberdeen to – from Sydney, curator: Adrian Hall 
Three artists: Liz Coats, Esther Morgan Leigh, Geoff Thornley, Brooker Gallery, Wellington, NZ.
Circle, Line, Square: Aspects of Geometry, curator: Sioux Garside, Campbelltown City Art
Gallery. (Touring: Newcastle, Albury, New England Regional Art Galleries).
Contemporary Australian Paintings: Works from the Allen,Allen & Hemsley Collection, curator: Ewen McDonald. Melbourne International Festival, Victorian Arts Centre.
Town & Gown, Victoria University Collection, Wellington, NZ.
Works on paper, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, and Solander Galleries, Canberra.
Thought Painting, Curator: Scott Redford, Michael Milburn Gallery, Brisbane.
The New Metaphysic, curator: Felicity Fenner, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney.
Frames of Reference: Aspects of Feminist Art, curator: Sally Couacaud, Artspace @ Pier 4/5, Sydney, in association with Dissonance forum).
Abstract Paintings, Brooker Gallery, Wellington, NZ.
Abstraction, Curator: Victoria Lynn, Art Gallery of NSW.
Tokyo Connection: Twelve Australian Artists, Heineken Village Exhibition Centre, Tokyo.
The Radiant Core – Liz Coats, Leah McKinnon, Lee Friedlander
Works on Paper, Brooker Gallery, Wellington, NZ.
Modern Australian Paintings, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne.
Australian Watercolours, Drawings, Prints, 1935-1989, Charles Nodrum Gallery
Maiden Voyage, First Draft Gallery, Sydney.
Structures of Necessity, First Draft Gallery, Sydney.
Surface for Reflexion, curator: Tony Bond, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney.
The Subject of Painting, curator: Paul McGillick, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney.
In Visible Pursuit, curator: Merilyn Fairskye, Artspace, Sydney.
Acquisitions, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery.
Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne.
Perspecta, curator: Bernice Murphy, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney.
Artspace Special Event, Curator: Judy Annear, Artspace, Sydney.
From the Inside Out, Women & Arts Festival, Sydney.
Ten Years After, Ewing & George Paton Galleries, Melbourne University Union Group show, Coventry Gallery, Sydney.
Women’s Art at Work: A mobile exhibition of women’s art on tour, Victoria.
Capital Permanent Invitation Exhibition, Geelong Art Gallery.
Women’s Electoral Lobby Exhibition, Niagara Gallery, Melbourne.
The Map Show, Ewing & George Paton Galleries, Melbourne Univ. Union.
Wagga Wagga Annual Invitation Exhibition, Wagga Wagga.
The Women’s Show, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide.
Self Images, La Trobe University, Melbourne.
International Women Artists’ Slide Exhibition, The Ford Foundation, New York.
Twenty Women Artists, Auckland Society of Arts Galleries, Auckland, NZ.

Public Collections:
National Gallery, Canberra; Art Gallery of NSW; Queensland Art Gallery; Myer collection of Art of the Eighties, National Gallery of Victoria; Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne; Bathurst Regional Art Gallery; Campbelltown City Art Gallery; Newcastle Art Gallery; New England Regional Art Museum; University of Melbourne; University of Sydney; University of Western Sydney; University of Technology Sydney. New Parliament House, Canberra; Federal Court of Australia, Canberra; Shell Collection of Contemporary Australian Art; Allens, Arthur, Robinson, Sydney; Artbank, NSW; Macquarie Group; Bundanon Trust, NSW; Cruthers Collection, Perth; Max Watters Collection, NSW; Redlands Westpac Art Collection;
New Zealand:
Auckland City Art Gallery; Christchurch City Art Gallery; Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui; Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, Wellington; Law Commission, Wellington; National Bank of New Zealand, Wellington; Victoria University, Wellington.
Glasmuseet, Ebeltoft, Denmark

2009-2011 University Research Scholarship, Australian National University, Canberra 2004  Merit Award, Wanganui Arts Review, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui, NZ 2003  Lilian Ida Smith Acquisitive Award, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui, NZ. 2002  Westpac Redlands Art Prize, Sydney  Special Jury Prize, 2002 Wallace Art Awards, Auckland, NZ. 1999  Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, New York, USA. 1994  Australian post-graduate scholarship, MFA Research, COFA, University of  NSW 1992  Development Grant, Visual Arts Board, Australia Council 1989
Artist’s Fellowship, Visual Arts Board, Australia Council 1986  Studio & Material Costs, Visual Arts Board, Australia Council 1983  Studio & Material Costs, Visual Arts Board, Australia Council 1981  Assistance towards an exhibition, Visual Arts Board, Australia Council

2007  Sydney College of the Arts, Glass Studio  Hymie Sherman Studio, Bundanon Trust, Shoalhaven, NSW 2006  Ourimbah Campus of Newcastle University School of Art, NSW 2005  The Gunnery @ Artspace, Sydney, NSW Ministry for the Arts Residency 2000  Eastern Institute of Technology, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand 1999  Rita Angus Residency, Wellington, New Zealand 1998  Australian Asialink Residency, Beijing Art Academy, Beijing, China 1996  Artist Residency, School of Art, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin  Artist Residency, School of Art, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ 1987  Tokyo Studio, Visual Arts Board, Australia Council.
Curatorial Projects:
‘Fertile Ground: An artist looks at McCahon’, Hocken Library Gallery, Dunedin, NZ. (with catalogue essay)

Associated Exhibitions

Springtime | Flinders
Manyung Gallery Flinders
1 September - 31 October, 2018
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