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

A full list of solo and group exhibitions can be found on her CV page.



2023 Essence: experiments with organic pigments, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW

Exploring the use of natural botanical pigments. Layers of translucent colour dance and weave, minutae of texture and patterns shift across the surfaces.

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2022 Chutespace exhibition space, M16 Studios, Canberra

Procion dye colours on Japanese silk.

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2022 Pop up, Foyer Gallery, ANU School of Art and Design

Pop up exhibition of paintings from storage archive.

2020 ‘Interdependence’, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW

Inspired by the structure of rocks, these new paintings might be understood as a kind of aggregate, a collection of colours applied to a stable ground, liquid colour which kept shifting as the artist painted.

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2017 ‘Active Seeing: A Survey’, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT

Liz Coats’ impressive survey exhibition, ‘Active Seeing’, encompassed a selection of works created over four decades of the artist’s career. A book, Liz Coats – Active Seeing, accompanied the exhibition.


2023 WAYOUT_BLP, A Cementa Initiative, Kandos, NSW

An exhibition conceived and coordinated by Margaret Roberts.

2022 Returning C, 1997, Art Gallery of NSW

Glasswork from the collection of the Art Gallery of NSW, showing in the new installation of the 20th century galleries, alongside paintings about colour and music.

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2021 Abstraction, Utopia Art Sydney

The works in this exhibition, whether by indigenous or non- indigenous artists, all demand an engagement with line and colour, the way shapes interact on a plane, the ability of subtle differences in tone to transform.

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2020 Highlights from the ANU Art Collection, ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra, ACT

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2020 Abstraction 20,  Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria.

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2019 ‘Celebrating Australian Abstraction’, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW

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2019 ‘Australian Landscapes’, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW

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2019  ‘ANU & Geoscience Australia : Art of the Collection’, coordinator: Ruth Waller, ANU School of Art, Canberra, ACT

Stones and rocks, and indeed the ground I walk on, holds so much more than surface appearances might suggest. I’m reminded how initial impressions, on closer inspection of surface, tell of substances within that make appearance what it is.” 

2018  ‘Texture & Line : 1980s Abstraction from Charles Nodrum Gallery’, Burringa Cultural Centre, VIC

2018   ‘Liz Coats, Sophie Quinn, Merryn Lloyd’, Tributary Projects, Canberra

2017  ‘Abstraction : Celebrating Australian women abstract artists’, curator : Lara Nicholls, A National Gallery of Australia travelling exhibition to Geelong Art Gallery, VIC.; Newcastle Art Gallery, NSW; Cairns Art Gallery, QLD; Tweed Regional Gallery; QUT Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

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2016  ‘Art and Futures : Energy, Climate, Culture’, Exhibition & Symposium, Dunedin School of Art & Otago University, New Zealand

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