Elizabeth Gower


Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.

Elizabeth Gower has been exhibiting innovative work, including collages and wall hanging, since 1976. Her interest lies in the human desire to create order from the chaotic. Gower creates stunning abstract compositions from humble materials, with an emphasis upon translucency, fragility and impermanence. Her practice draws much of its content and form from the world of the everyday - commercial images and objects as well as familiar and domestic materials such as newspaper and tissue paper. Exploiting the associations evoked by such banal material, her work has often been connected with a feminist sensibility; however this framing should be countered with a recognition of the strong aesthetic concerns at play.

Gower has held over 30 individual exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas, including shows at AC Institute, New York, USA, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, Longwood University, Virginia and Arthouse, London. Major group exhibitions, include: Self/Selfie, Ballarat International Foto Biennale, curator Fiona Sweet, 2017; Abstraction: celebrating Australian women abstract artists, Geelong Art Gallery, Newcastle Art Gallery, Cairns Art Gallery, Tweed Regional Gallery, QUT Art Gallery, 2017; Melbourne Now, curators Max Delany and Tony Ellwood, NGV: Australia & NGV: International Melb, 2013; Collage: the Heide Collection, curator Lesley Harding, Heide MoMA, 2013; Black elastic, two umbrellas, a mint leaf and wheels, curator Rosemary Forde, MUMA, Monash University Museum of Art, 2011; Fieldwork: Australian Art 1968-2002, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2002.

Gower's work is held in all Australian state collections including the NGA, Canberra, in addition to Artbank, Deakin University, Geelong Art Gallery, Melbourne University, Monash University, Parliament House Canberra and Wesfarmers, Perth among others. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and residencies, and been commissioned to make artworks for Victorian Ministry for the Arts painted tram project, Melbourne World Trade Centre, MCG Great Southern Stand, Southgate, World Congress Centre, Melbourne and Sydney Olympics Superdome.



2017 CV E Gower

Artwork by Elizabeth Gower

Cutting (from Paris), 2007/2011

paper on drafting film
76 x 59cm