Deborah Gourlay (b.1956) was born in Argentina and spent much of her childhood in Latin America. She now lives in Farnham, Surrey. Her love affair with art began with watercolour painting and much of her early work was inspired by the colourful and patterned textiles of Guatemala. Gourlay has a degree in Fine Art and a diploma in Printmaking.
In 2012, Gourlay was Artist in Residence at the Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village spending a year teaching, working with young offenders, prisoners and the homeless. The year culminated in a solo exhibition of works inspired by Mary Watts’ Chapel. Gourlay also spent three years creating work inspired by the atmospheric interiors of Grange Park in Northington. She spent many hours drawing and absorbing the spirit of the house, often perched high in the rafters, sometimes alone and other times as the house came alive to the sound of opera. In 2017, she held an exhibition in the interior of the mansion as part of the newly formed Grange Festival. She has also exhibited at Glyndebourne for the last few years, inspired by the characters, costumes and atmospheric theatre sets.
Gourlay has exhibited in various regional and London galleries including The Lightbox, Moncreiff-Bray Gallery in Petworth, Grange Festival, Pallant House , National Open Art, Mall Galleries, The Royal College of Art and the Royal Watercolour Society in London. She has also won many awards from organisations including the Royal Institute of Watercolour, Farnham Fine Arts Society and Pallant House.