Esther Erlich

Represented Artist

Esther Erlich

Represented Artist

Esther Erlich is a Melbourne-based Australian artist who has been exhibiting since 1983. She is best known for her gritty style of portraiture which has won her the prestigious Doug Moran National Portraiture Prize, the Archibald People’s Choice Award and finalist positions in the Archibald Prize multiple times. Esther is represented in both public and private collections nationally and abroad.

Erlich’s iconic style is raw, vital and spontaneous, yet also displays the skill and gloss of a well-seasoned artist. It is the brilliant combination of striking, even haunting portrait-like features with the light, grace and somewhat abstract fluidity that makes her work so exciting.

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Esther’s iconic style is raw, vital and spontaneous, yet also displays the skill and gloss of a well-seasoned artist. It is the brilliant combination of striking, even haunting portrait-like features with the light, grace and somewhat abstract fluidity of her more decorative style that makes her work so inspiring. Be it in the muted haze of a retreating figure, the subtle turn of an outstretched ankle, or the provocative expression of her subject, Erlich brings us face to face with our own reality, but softens the blow with a hint of froth and bubble.

Esther Erlich is best known for her gritty style of portraiture. In 1998 she won the prestigious Doug Moran Portrait Prize, has been a finalist in the Portia Geach Memorial Award and the Archibald Prize multiple times.
Cleverly, the artist manages to hold our attention with the intense stare of her subject, whilst seducing us with the sometimes frivolous but eternal search for beauty.
Erlich’s artistic career spans over 28 years and she is represented in both public and private collections nationally and abroad, including the CAE, Victoria, Performing Arts Museum, National Portrait Gallery , ALP Building, A.C.T., and the National Library, Canberra.

Since 1983, Esther Erlich has exhibited extensively both in Australia and internationally in Japan (1993) and Hong Kong (2003 & 2007), totaling more than 45 solo exhibitions and 22 group exhibitions. Of these, seventeen solo exhibitions have been held with Libby Edwards Galleries in Melbourne, Portsea, Sydney and Brisbane.

Winner of The Doug Moran Portrait Prize 1998; Winner Archibald Peoples’ Choice 2000, Dobell Drawing Prize Finalist 2007 & Charlatan Ink Prize Finalist 2011 (New York)

EXHIBITIONS

Esther Erlich has had over 45 solo exhibitions and 64 group shows since 1983.

MAJOR PRIZES & GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 Finalist – Portia Geach Memorial Award
2017 Finalist – Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
2017 Qdos Gallery, Lorne VIC
2016 Trailblazing Women of Herstory Group Show, Global Women’s Project, Neospace, Melbourne VIC
2016 Finalist – Kilgour Art Prize
2016 Finalist – Percival Portrait Prize
2016 Finalist – Paul Guest Drawing Prize
2016 Finalist – Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award
2015 Hobart City Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart TAS
2015 Pain/Ting – An International Group Exhibition About Pain, Open Walls Gallery, Berlin GERMANY
2014 Finalist – Portia Geach Memorial Award
2014 Finalist – Paul Guest Drawing Prize
2014 Finalist – Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing
2014 Finalist – Rick Amor Drawing Prize
2014 Guest Artist, Panter and Hall Galery, London ENGLAND
2012 Finalist in the Black Swan Prize
2012 Gallery One, Gold Coast QLD
2011 PLAIN curated by Dr Guy Morag – International artists touring exhibition ISRAEL
2011 Finalist – Charlatan Ink Art Prize
2011 Finalist – Black Swan Prize
2010 Hang Your Doodle, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne VIC
2010 Richard Martin Art
2009 Finalist- Banyule Works on Paper Award
2009 Exhibited in the James Farrell Invitation Self Portrait Award, Castlemaine Art Gallery VIC WA
2009 Selected – Archibald Salon des Refuse Exhibition
2009 Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide SA
2009 Art Sydney, Libby Edwards Galleries – stand F3, Sydney NSW
2008 Finalist – Black Swan Prize for Portraiture
2008 Finalist – Shirley Hannan Art Prize
2008 Bega Valley Regional Gallery SH portrait exhibition, Bega VIC
2008 Selected – Archibald Salon des Refuse Exhibition
2007 Finalist – Archibald Prize with “Tim” (portrait of Tim Rogers)
2007 Finalist – Dobell Prize
2007 Chairs for Charity, Flemington Atrium, Melbourne VIC
2007 Finalist – Hutchins Art Prize
2007 Finalist – Whyalla Art Prize
2007 Finalist – Portia Geach Memorial Award
2007 Group show, Gallery Alternatives, Gurgaon, New Delhi INDIA
2006 Delhi Art & Design Fair, Australian High Commission, Delhi INDIA
2006 Art Singapore, Stand AP03 Suntec, SINGAPORE
2006 Artwork for Baby Proms, Sydney Opera House, Sydney NSW
2006 Moments in Art, Chapel Galleries, Melbourne VIC
2006 Finalist – Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
2005 The Body in Question, G.W.Bot, Esther Erlich and Barbie Kjar, Gadfly Gallery, Perth WA
2005 Finalist – Archibald Prize with “Lindy Wills”
2005 Finalist – Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize
2005 Finalist – Banyule Works on Paper Art Award
2005 Curated in “Lost and Found” digital sequences of images displayed at Federation Square, Melbourne VIC
2004 Precious Platters, Jewish Museum of Australia at Sotheby’s
2003 Kosher Culture, The Jewish Museum of Australia
2003 Superstars Unzipped, Jeans for Genes Retrospective, Sydney Town Hall, Sydney NSW
2002 Finalist – Archibald Prize with “Deborah Conway” & included in the Salon des Refuse with “Man Working”(portrait of Colin Hay)
2002 Finalist – Portia Geach Memorial Award
2002 AGNSW Jeans for Genes Generations Art Exhibition
2002 Gadfly Gallery, Perth WA
2001 Painting of Lynne Golding exhibited as Victorian Arts Centre’s Artwork of the Month”
2001 Invited to exhibit in the National Tour of, “Portraits 2001 – An Australian Odyssey”
2001 Finalist – Portia Geach Memorial Award
2001 Jeans for Genes, Sydney NSW
2000 Winner – Archibald Prize Peoples’ Choice Award in Sydney & Melbourne with ”Never Been Better”,(portrait of Bill Leak).
2000 Finalist – Portia Geach Memorial Award
1999 Finalist – Portia Geach Memorial Award
1999 Featured Artist – Marymount Arts Festival QLD
1999 Jeans for Genes, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney NSW
1998 Winner – Doug Moran National Portrait Prize with “Gaunt and Glorious”,(portrait of Steve Moneghetti)
1998 Martin Place Gallery, Sydney
1998 Featured Artist – Retrospecta II, Motorworks Gallery
1998 Finalist – Portia Geach Memorial Award
1997 Libby Edwards Gallery
1996 Finalist – Portia Geach Memorial Award
1996 Grand Central Gallery, World in a Matchbox
1995 Finalist – Portia Geach Memorial Award
1995 Ten New Artists, Holdsworth Gallery, Sydney NSW
1994 The Nude in Art, Barry Newton Gallery, Adelaide SA
1993 Included in the Archibald Salon des Refuses
1993 Libby Edwards Gallery
1993 International Womens’ Exhibition in Kyushu JAPAN
1993 Holdsworth Gallery, Sydney NSW
1992 Libby Edwards Gallery
1990 Finalist – Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
1989 Finalist – Winsor Newton Prize
1989 Figurative Exhibition, Libby Edwards Gallery
1989 Finalist – Portia Geach Memorial Award
1988 On a Clothesline, National Gallery of Vic
1987 Second prize winner – VTU Art Prize
1986 Freeman Gallery, Hobart TAS
1983 Young Originals

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014 Ensemble, Frances Keevil Gallery, Sydney NSW
2014 Invisible, Libby Edwards Galleries, Melbourne VIC
2013 Fahrenheit, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, QLD
2012 Rapscallions, Libby Edwards Galleries, Melbourne VIC
2012 Sirens Ablazing, Gadfly Gallery, Perth WA
2012 Traffic Jam, Richard Martin Art, Sydney NSW
2011 Curiouser, Libby Edwards Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2010 Animal Instinct, Richard Martin Art, Sydney NSW
2010 Menagerie, Gadfly Gallery, Perth WA
2010 Jinks Creek Winery Gallery VIC
2010 You Know You Want To, Libby Edwards Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2009 Subtext, Libby Edwards Gallery, Brisbane QLD
2008 Tiaras and Boxing Gloves, Libby Edwards Gallery, Sydney NSW
2007 Works on Paper, Libby Edwards Gallery, Brisbane QLD
2007 Encore, Perth Concert Hall, Perth WA
2007 Superheroes & Celebrities, Jinks Creek Winery
2007 Human Kinds, Gadfly Gallery, Perth WA
2007 Ties that Bind, Libby Edwards Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2006 Modest, Libby Edwards Gallery, Brisbane QLD
2006 Emancipated, Libby Edwards Gallery, Sydney NSW
2005 Go Figure, Gadfly Gallery, Perth WA
2005 Perth Concert Hall
2004 Rumors, Libby Edwards Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2004 Confection, Barry Newton Gallery, Adelaide SA
2003 Wall Flowers, Libby Edwards Gallery, Sydney NSW
2003 Portraits Retrospective Libby Edwards Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2003 Hairspray, Bark Modern Art HONG KONG
2002 Barry Newton Gallery, Adelaide SA
2002 Basic Black, Libby Edwards Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2002 Pick-up Lines,Libby Edwards Gallery, Sydney (Works on Paper)
2001 Hoopla, Libby Edwards Gallery, Sydney NSW
2000 Miniatures, Libby Edwards Gallery, Sydney NSW
2000 No Standing, Libby Edwards Gallery, Melbourne VIC
1999 Recent Acrylics, Libby Edwards Gallery, Sydney NSW
1999 Suburban Spectacles, Libby Edwards Gallery
1996 Realm of the Knave, Convent Gallery , Daylesford
1994 The Joker is Wild, Libby Edwards Gallery
1993 New Robin Group, JAPAN
1993 Barry Newton Gallery, Adelaide SA
1992 Barry Newton Gallery, Adelaide SA
1991 Libby Edwards Gallery
1990 Libby Edwards Gallery
1989 Weather Vane Gallery (Flinders)
1988 Toorak Library
1987 Graphic Illusions
1986 Graphic Illusions
1984 Young Original

PUBLIC ACQUISITIONS

National Portrait Gallery , “The Hon. Jim Carlton AO with Cravat”
Tweed Valley Regional Art Gallery , “Gaunt and Glorious”(Steve Moneghetti)
National Library ACT , “Louis Kahan”, “Andrew Sibley” and pencil study for Gaunt and Glorious.
Hutchins Foundation Collection, “Grunt II”
Holocaust Museum Vic. “Mr Socolovitz”
ALP Building Canberra, “Barry Jones”
Royal Overseas League, Australian Collection, “Nine Two Nine”
Performing Arts Museum, Victorian Arts Centre, “Lynne Golding”
Council for Adult Education, “Warming Up”
Macrobertson Girls High School, portrait of Leslie Boston

PUBLICATIONS
Let’s Face It – The History of the Archibald Prize by Peter Ross and AGNSW.
Gallery (Dec.2000 – Jan.2001 edition) National Gallery of Victoria publication.
Portrait of Louis Kahan front and back covers of The National Library of Australia’s 38th Annual Report 1997 – 1998.
Illustrations for,”Making Conversation” 1996 ,Intercom Publishing House, Japan.
Included in Who’s Who of Australian Visual Artists by D.W. Thorpe, November 1995
Cover, Artwork and Article feature in,”Generation Journal’ November 1993, March 1995 and September 1998 issues.
Illustration featured in,”Marmalade’s Book of Cats” distributed by Tower books
Cover and Article – 1991 December Issue of Australian Artist
Included in,”Portraits of Australia” 1990 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Collection
Cover Illustration – Angus and Robertson’s “Middle Aged Maidens by Gwen Kelly
SAA Painters “Video into Art Series”, Schmelling Artvideo Australia.

 

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