Elizabeth Munro

Elizabeth Munro was born in London in 1939 and currently lives near Porthmadog, in North Wales. She is a painter and art/life practitioner. She was influenced early on by Harry Thubron, her inspirational mentor at Leeds College of Art- and  later by the groundbreaking Judson Dance Theatre where she participated in various performances. Arlene Rothlein, Malcolm Goldstein, and Philip Corner became good friends. Yvonne Rainer was a powerful influence.

Her paintings have been exhibited in various galleries in the U.K. and New York. In the Eighties in Upstate New York she met and collaborated with Linda “Rosita” Montano, performance artist,  as well as becoming a friend of hers for life.

Elizabeth Munro calls her work “Survival Art” and now sees it as a healing response to her childhood sexual abuse.  She attributes her freedom of movement in painting- and the painting itself- inspired by the influence of Sam Francis, Jackson Pollock and the Abstract expressionists-in helping to create a Lifeline for her: for escape, survival, and healing from early child sexual abuse.

At the moment she has her studio in Wales and plans to do whatever she wants to next.

Currently reading: The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche, Ninth Street Women by Mary Gabriel, Look At Me  by Anita Brookner and Self- Help by Lorrie Moore.


Scroll painting by Elizabeth Munro – ‘Millstream’, early spring, pink rushing water, Woodstock N.Y.
Photo from my dear friend Sky’s natural burial in Boduan Wood, Eternal Forest Trust, near Pwllheli in Wales. Birds were singing as I scattered flowers and rosemary on the wicker casket.
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  1. […] Elizabeth Munro spoke to us from Wales. At the moment, she is taking a new view of her life, looking at all of the experiences she has had, particularly the recent experience of being with a dying person, witnessing their last breath and arranging for everything that comes after death. At the same time, Munro has been looking at all her work from the past and gaining a new perspective on her life. All of this, of course, is through the lens of the pandemic. Munro has been signing petitions and fighting to lift the patents on the vaccines so that places like India, which is trapped in a catastrophic second wave of disease, can have access to enough immunizations. To hear more about Elizabeth’s reassessment of her life and art, the details of her friend’s passing and how every facet can be viewed as a piece of it, listen to the complete interview. […]

  2. […] Elizabeth Munro spoke to us from Wales. At the moment, she is taking a new view of her life, looking at all of the experiences she has had, particularly the recent experience of being with a dying person, witnessing their last breath and arranging for everything that comes after death. At the same time, Munro has been looking at all her work from the past and gaining a new perspective on her life. All of this, of course, is through the lens of the pandemic. Munro has been signing petitions and fighting to lift the patents on the vaccines so that places like India, which is trapped in a catastrophic second wave of disease, can have access to enough immunizations. To hear more about Elizabeth’s reassessment of her life and art, the details of her friend’s passing and how every facet can be viewed as a piece of it, listen to the complete interview. […]

  3. Brainard, the caption under the second photo seems to be missing-
    it was above it when I sent it to you-
    “Photo from my dear friend Sky’s natural burial in Boduan Wood,
    Eternal Forest Trust,near Pwllheli in Wales. Birds were singing as I scattered flowers and
    rosemary on the wicker casket.”
    The photo needs the caption under it.
    Then I will feel it is all complete.