Liz Muir

Liz Muir

AVALON BEACH, New South Wales, Australia

About Liz Muir

Born in Sydney, early education and art courses in Rome, later Abbotsleigh, Wahroonga under Betty Archdale as Head Mistress. Worked in Hong Kong, traveled to London, and spent three years flying with Qantas as an international hostess and then three years living in Singapore.

Taught sketching and drawing at a young age in Rome, she enthusiastically nurtured it through future school years, Liz took this most important and essential armory of a fine artist and started painting in oil with Brian Agnew in 1979 where she learnt traditional landscape art. Under Liz Nicholson, there are works from this period in UK, USA, Canada and Australia.

Changing her "˜nom de plume' to Muir in the 90's entertained the next phase of her career. She dedicated herself to watercolor, spending two years working with Helen Goldsmith, one of Australia's top four female watercolor artists. Worked with acrylic in 1996 at Willoughby Workshop with models, toning up, sketching and figure work. Finally under advice of galleries moved back to oil in 1998. Working on her own in her studio she moved from a passion to an obsession.

Heavily influenced by Rothko (USA), David Williams (Australia) and Monet, Liz works on site using sketches, watercolor notes, swatch samples, color mixing and photos taken during many delivery trips around the coast and country areas of New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. Liz's paintings start quite quickly and when the ideas are down, comes in with thick oil for texture then pure pigment and oil glazes for intense color and sheen, finishing with either oil varnish, damar varnish or resins, methods that are guaranteed to last for decades. Whilst Liz still paints all forms of fine art genre, she is drawn to the impasto impressionist and contemporary using oils on canvas(all products used are archival).

Education

Abbotsleigh Ladies College Wahroonga
Bachelor of Fine Art Curtin University

Events

Murray Waldren, “Artist paints Artist” The Australian 2004
Rod Bennett, Kasey Sealey at Catalina 2007
Rod Bennett, Art is Alive & Well, Stepping Out, 2006, Manly Daily,Gallery is Booming, Manly Daily 2006
Danielle Nicastri, Manly Daily, “Art to the Rescue” , 2010
Artist of the Month Pittwater Online 2016
Operating from Catalina Gallery Avalon NSW 2107 2017-2021

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2005 Dale Thomas Gallery
2005 Antipodes Gallery, Connecticut USA
2006 Gallery at The Wentworth
2007 Moree Gallery
2007 Macintosh Mercedes Exhibition
2007 Gallery 2, Edward Street Brisbane
2008 Mooch inside Kilcare
2009 Gallery at The Wentworth
2010 Gallery 41 Wooloomooloo
2011 Newport Artworks NSW
2011 Avalon Community Centre
2012 Avalon Community Centre

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2004 Dale Thomas Gallery
2004 Mosman Artists Colony
2005 Dale Thomas Gallery
2005 Portia Geech, R Erwin Gallery
2006 Art 06 Fox Studios
2008 Gallery at The Wentworth
2008 Abbotsleigh Centenary Exhibition
2009 Arwun Gallery, Canberra
2010 Emmas Cottage, Hunter Valley
2010 Joint show Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW Broken Bay
2011 Emmas Cottage, Hunter Valley
2014 Parliament House Joint Exhibition
2015 Chosen for Clyde & Co Art Project
2016 Palm Beach Art Gallery June –December
2017 Newmans’ Fine Art Monavale currently
2018 Catalina Gallery Avalon
2020 Velia Galleria Ettalong
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