Robin Gibson Gallery

modern + contemporary

Elizabeth Rankin


Elizabeth Rankin

Dixie's Night
50×50cm oil & wax on linen

Elizabeth Rankin is a Sydney based painter/ drawer. She holds a Doctorate from the National Art School, Sydney 2021. She has exhibited both in artist run spaces and in commercial galleries. Her work has been recognised in drawing and painting prizes including The Waverly Art Prize, the Mosman Art Prize, NSW The Parliament En Plein Air, NSW and the Marie Ellis Drawing Prize, QLD. She has worked as an intern at the National Art School drawing department and her research published by Sequitor in Boston University as well as presenting the work at Queens University Kingston Canada 9online conference).

Rankin’s abiding concern as an artist has been investigating uncanny true crime tales that emerge from Australian society. Her interest in such stories comes from an awareness of the disjunction between personal and official histories. As a child her life was influenced by her father’s posttraumatic reaction to his service in World War Two. His enactment of “his stories” bore little resemblance to official commemorations. The memories her father recalled were in the present rather than the past. In such narratives, time collapsed and the past was not the past. Due to her father’s dark stories, her work has focused on the abject and the uncanny. Rankin perceives her drawings to be a sort of visual prose through which she describes Australian criminal mysteries. Broadly speaking, Rankin’s work fits the genre of noir.


2022 DFA (Drawing) National Art School
2017 MFA by Research (Drawing), National Art School.
2014 BFA Honours (Drawing), National Art School
2013 BFA (Painting), National Art School

Solo Exhibitions

2023 Lovers and Lunatics Robin Gibson Gallery
2021 Painting Carnival, Robin Gibson Gallery
2021 DFA Final Works Presentation National Art School
2019 The Pyjama Girl Mama Albury
2018 Show,Tell 220 Creative Space, Kings Cross
2017 Did You Kiss the Dead Body? ES74 Gallery/Project Space, Alexandria.
2017 MFA Final Works Presentation Exhibition, National Art School Project Space 2016 Short Stories The Corner Gallery, Stanmore
2014 Fugitive, Chrissie Cotter Gallery.
2012 Box Brownie, At The Vanishing Point

Selected Group Exhibitions

In the Flesh, Bay 43 Circular Quay West
Uncanny, Chrissie Cotter Gallery
Retrospective, Mornington Peninsula Gallery Melbourne
Disorderly Bodies, Articulate Space
Wax on Wood, Articulate Space
Shelter Domestic, Kunstmatrix International
Art for Peace, Stacks
Green, Chrissie Cotter
Domestic Patterns, Factory 49
Ferret, Articulate Space Leichhardt
Pink, 220 Creative Space
A Little Death, Chrissie Cotter Gallery
Beasties, Stanley St Gallery
Ferret Articulate Space Leichhardt
2018Pink 220 Creative Space
2018A Little Death Chrissie Cotter Galllery
Post Grad Show National Art school
Hidden Articulate Project Space
Invitational Home@735 Redfern
3.8. 2017 Home@735 Redfern
Knocking on the Door Big Ci Bilpin
White Barometer Gallery Paddington
Conversations Rayner Hoff Space National Art School
Co Lab Dominik Mersch Gallery
Articulate Space 6th Anniversary Exhibition (in collaboration with Kirsten Drewes)
4 7 11 Dominck Mersch Summer Group Show Jan 29-Feb 28th
Feral 4 Articulate Space Jan 30-Feb 8th
Nature & Narrative Jean Bellette Gallery Hill End April 4-May
Have Your Say Articulate Space December 18
St George Bank Postgraduate Exhibition
Crossing Borders, National Art School Drawing Centre
New Talent Group Show, Robin Gibson Gallery
Vagina Dialogues, Stairwell Gallery, National Art School
From Fieldwork to Folio, Xavier Gallery, St Vincent’s Hospital
Graduate Show, National Art School

Grants + Art Prizes

2022 Finalist Waverly Art Prize
2018 Finalist Marie Ellis Drawing Prize
2017 Finalist NSW Parliament En Plein Air
2015 Finalist Gallipoli Art Prize
2014 Finalist, Mosman Art Prize
2013 Awarded Robin Gibson New Talent Exhibition Award
2013 Finalist, Mosman Art Prize
2012 Finalist, Mosman Art Prize
2012 Awarded Solo Grant (Spotlight on Local Artists)

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