Elizabeth Gower

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Thursday 9th February 2012

Various details from the work of Melbourne artist Elizabeth Gower

Respected Melbourne artist Elizabeth Gower makes amazing geometric paper-cut artworks using collected printed ephemera, packaging and magazine pages.  By re-purposing these remnants of popular culture, Elizabeth explores ideas of consumerism and consumption – a topic she has been inspired by since the 1970’s.

In an impressive career spanning over 30 years, Elizabeth has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including grants from the Australia Council and Victorian Ministry for the Arts.  Her work has been commissioned for many high profile public buildings including the Melbourne World Trade Centre, MCG and the Sydney Olympics Superdome, and has been acquired by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Victoria and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra!

Elizabeth says her works over the past few years have all had different starting points, and are heavily influenced by her surroundings and by travel.  ‘My last show was Cuttings from New York, made exclusively from papers collected in New York while I had the residency at the Australia Council studio in 2009. The format or design was derived from the gridded layout of Manhattan. Other shows have been Savings, using up all the papers I had saved for over 20 years, or Cuttings from Paris referencing wallpapers from the Musee Carnalvalet on papers collected while at the Cité International des Arts.’

Elizabeth’s newest show opens tomorrow at Sutton Gallery in Fitzroy.  The exhibition, entitled ‘Monochrome’, showcases a striking new body of work created entirely from black and white pages sliced from glossy magazines and advertising imagery – well worth a look if you’re in Fitzroy this weekend!

Elizabeth Gower – Monochrome
Opens Saturday 10th Feb until March 10th 2012.

Sutton Gallery
254 Brunswick st

Gallery Hours – Tuesday to Saturday, 11.00am – 5.00pm

Artwork by Elizabeth Gower for her new show at Sutton Gallery Monochrome

Artwork by Elizabeth Gower for her new show Monochrome

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Thursday 9th February 2012


  • julie @ tractorgirl 5 years ago

    Such amazing work! I have been viewing a lot of fabric/surface design work of late, and it is such a common thing to have the repeat motif….but the subtle images hidden within the cuts are what lifts hers to the extraordinary. In some ways a little bit Rosalie Gascoigne (another of my favourite artists!) I have to do a double take every time I see her work.

  • gluten free gift 5 years ago

    How I wish I wasn’t so far away!! I’ve just double clicked on pretty much everything on her web site. Right up my alley… I live by the x-acto blade. Thanks so much for introducing me to this amazing work!!

  • Margie 5 years ago

    beautiful work.

  • Jodi 5 years ago

    Amazing stuff! I love the concept of collecting printed ephemera and creating artwork that are just so striking. I’ll definitely have to get along to ‘Monochrome’.

  • Em 5 years ago

    Stunning work and brilliant medium.

  • Zoe 5 years ago

    You have just introduced me to a whole new world of pattern…bliss! thank you!

  • Giselle 5 years ago

    Beautiful. I really want to zoom into the colour ones to see the detail but I can’t, not even on her website. Perhaps I’ll have to see the exhibition..

  • Style Chic 5 years ago

    What an amazing inspirational lady.. love those prints

  • I’m loving these patterns. Amazing!

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