is an Australian painter who has her drawing inspiration from project homes built for post-war European migrants in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s in Australia and America.
Eliza Gosse’s paintings depict Australian Suburbia. Working out of a lineage of Australian artists who have debunked the stereotypes of suburbia under a “super flat” lens, Gosse rather comes to her painting from a background of architecture. Studying at the University of Sydney before completing a Bachelor of Fine Art at the National Art School (2017), the mantra of “form follows function” finds renewed validity in her paintings. Turning to a style of architecture from the post war period – The International Style – Gosse’s paintings use flat planes of colour, clean geometric forms, and play off utopian architectural ideals with a nostalgic inflection.
She is interested by issues surrounding national identity, and the delayed impact of design histories, and how that has allowed an “Australianess” to enter the Modernist style. She plays this out in her colour palette; washed out, chalky and neutral, a reflection on the industrial materials used in these buildings, such as concrete and steel. Most recently, Gosse has been included as a finalist in some prestigious Art Prizes including the 2018 Ravenswood Female Art Awards and for the second year running in the Waverley Art Prize.
Gosse is currently undertaking her Masters at The National Art School and was one of the few students included in Sydney Contemporary Art Fair with them in 2018.