Liquid Light: Red #15 (detail), Liz Coats, 2004, acrylic on canvas, courtesy the artist and Utopia Art Sydney.

Liquid Light: Red #15 (detail), Liz Coats, 2004, acrylic on canvas, courtesy the artist and Utopia Art Sydney.

Exhibition space: Active seeing – a feast for the eyes

Liz Coats has devoted decades to researching the interaction of paint colours and how people perceive them. Simon Jenkins reports.

The work of Liz Coats mesmerises. Just like a kaleidoscope showing various prisms of light and colour that partially cross over each other and enhance those beneath, her abstract paintings draw the viewer ever deeper into their centre (almost intentionally as if to attract and capture their sight forever). At the same time, they treat the eye to a feast of colour that evokes visual insight in the present moment.