Liz Coats

Liz Coats is an abstract painter who has been exhibiting in solo shows since the mid-1970s. She works in series that explore enduring questions about colour perception and spatial relations. She has had a long interest in light-affected surface patterns and the fabric underlying surface appearance.

Coats has worked in studios and exhibited paintings in Australia, Japan, China, France, England and New Zealand, while Australia is her primary residence. Her work is included in the major public collections of New Zealand and Australia, including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and Auckland Art Gallery.


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Liz Coats acquired by Art Gallery of NSWAugust 2023

The Art Gallery of NSW has acquired a major work by the leading Australian abstract artist Liz Coats.

Goulburn Art AwardFrom May 14 to June 13, 2022

Peter Maloney, John R Walker and Liz Coats are finalists in this year's Goulburn Art Award at the Goulburn Regional Gallery.  Liz Coats' work was acquired by the winner of the prize. 

Liz Coats major acquisitionSeptember 2021

Liz Coats' painting has been acquired by the ACT Legislature Art Collection in Canberra.

GEO Art of the CollectionAugust 7 - 31, 2019

Geoscience Australia invited artists to spend time with their collection of rocks, crystals and minerals.  A symposium and exhibition are being held at the School of Art, ANU, Canberra.


Liz Coats: Active seeing20 October - 17 December, 2017

ACTIVE SEEING: a survey of works by Liz Coats

From the beginning, her work has explored the materialisation and perception of colour and light and has demonstrated an integrity of purpose and highly refined, unifying vision.

Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University


Abstraction: celebrating Australian women abstract artists24 February, 2017 to 26 August, 2018

Liz Coats exhibiting in Abstraction.  

Drawn from the extensive collection of the National Gallery of Australia, and including 38 artists, ‘Abstraction' is an exhibition which celebrates female artists who have made a significant contribution to the genre.
Curated by Lara Nicholls, the exhibition tours to Geelong Art Gallery (20 February - 7 May), Newcastle Art Gallery (21 May - 23 July), Cairns Art Gallery (15 September - 24 November), Tweed Regional Gallery (2 March - 27 May, 2018), QUT Art Gallery (1 June - 26 August, 2018)

Liz Coats - Megalo Print StudioNovember 2014

An exhibition of work by Liz Coats will be opening at Megalo Print Studio, Kingston ACT on Thursday 27 November, 6pm.


Liz CoatsMarch 2014

This Saturday 15 March will be the last day of Liz Coats’ exhibition 'Streaming' - not to be missed!

Liz CoatsSeptember 2013

exhibiting new paintings at Megalo Print Studio / Gallery
Canberra, until 21st September

Introducing Dr Liz CoatsDecember 2012

Liz Coats has completed her doctoral work at the Australian National University on ‘Organic Growth and Form in Abstract Painting.’ Well done Liz!

Liz Coats: New PaintingsMay 2012

A solo exhibition of paintings by Liz Coats, the culmination of her post-doctoral research over the past three and a half years, will be at the School of Art Gallery, Australian National University from 7 June - 15 June, opening 6pm 7 June.

Liz Coats at ANU and BegaOctober 2011

See works by Liz Coats in the exhibition 'Mallee' at the Australian National University School of Art Gallery, 7 – 29 October 2011, and at 'Far Enough: Aesthetic Responses to the Far South Coast of NSW', Bega Valley Regional Gallery, 30 September – 4 November 2011.

Congratulations to Liz CoatsJune 2011

Congratulations to Liz Coats for winning a 2011 Winsor & Newton Studio Scholarship! Liz is a PHD candidate at the ANU School of Art.