Eliza Gosse’s paintings depict Australian Suburbia. Having commenced architectural studies before transitioning to a Bachelor of Fine Art at the National Art School (2017) and later completing her Masters of Fine Art (2019), her passion for mid-century architecture is clear.
Focusing upon post-war domestic architecture - Gosse’s minimalist approach of flat blocks of colour and reduced geometric forms captures the essence of her subject matter.
While the paintings depict exterior architectural views they convey humanity and warmth. The artists affection for these structures comes through in the way she allows light to filter through thin layers of matte paint, giving the buildings a sense of presence. We can sense the moment the sun shone at this particular angle, casting these specific shadows. Additionally her titles suggest a narrative, hinting at an interior or an intimate moment.
Her warm depictions of these buildings honour their subjects and follow admirably in the footsteps of the many artists who have been drawn to Australian suburbia. For a young artist to choose to make paintings of houses designed more than half a century ago renews focus on these buildings and what they represent – not simply structures or even homes, but our changing relationship to the built environment.
Most recently, Gosse has been included in the Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW for her work “Spoonfuls of Milo at Kosciuszko.”