Esther Erlich

Australia 1955


Esther Erlich
Esther Erlich
January 8, 2016
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Esther Erlich is one of Australia’s most respected portrait artists whose career spans over three decades. She is best known for her raw, intense and spontaneous pieces which include eye-catching figurative paintings, portraits and sculptures. Erlich’s works are spontaneous and brilliant mixture of thought, beauty, provocation and wit, often with a touch of irony and humour. Ever vivid and evocative, Erlich is noted for her portraits depicting sensuous, self-possessed, sprightly, cheerful and outgoing subjects.

Art by Esther Erlich

Works by the Australian artist Esther Erlich - Two Debs, 2013 (Left) / Sisters, 2014 (Right)
Esther Erlich – Two Debs, 2013 (Left) / Sisters, 2014 (Right)

Born in Melbourne in 1955, she studied at Melbourne State College and Chisholm College, graduating with Dip. Ed. and Diploma in Fine Arts. After graduation she rapidly became one of the well-known figures in the Melbourne art scene but also beyond Victoria’s coastal capital. In 1988 Erlich won the highly regarded and one of the richest portrait prizes in the world – Doug Moran National Portrait Prize – with a portrait of marathon runner Steve Moneghetti and was a finalist in the same Prize two years later. She is also a 4-time finalist in the Archibald Prize, winning the People’s Choice Award – voted for by the public visiting the Archibald exhibition – in 2000 for her portrait of Bill Leak. She has been a finalist in the Portia Geach Memorial Award on eight occasions.

Portraits by Esther Erlich

Works by the Australian artist Esther Erlich - Still Life with Supermodel and Cocky / Husband Romanticized Version / Blossom
Esther Erlich – Still Life with Supermodel and Cocky / Husband Romanticized Version / Blossom

Since the early 1980s her work has been exhibited in numerous individual and collective exhibitions in galleries throughout Australia and beyond including Frances Keevil Gallery, Sydney; Libby Edwards Galleries, Melbourne; Gadfly Gallery, Perth; S.H. Ervin Gallery, New South Wales; Barry Newton Gallery, Adelaide; George Adams Gallery, Melbourne; Mary Place Gallery, Sydney; Kyushu Municipal Gallery, Japan, to name a few.

She is represented by 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace in Mermaid Beach. Her debut solo exhibition in the Queensland-located gallery was Fahrenheit in 2013. In August 2015 she participated in group show Pain-Ting, organized by 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace and hosted by Open Walls Gallery in Berlin.

Artworks by Esther Erlich

Esther Erlich - Pose, 2014 (Left) / Casting Shadows, 2014 (Right)
Esther Erlich – Pose, 2014 (Left) / Casting Shadows, 2014 (Right)

The artist is based in Melbourne.

All images courtesy © the artist and 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Pain-Ting19 Karen, Gold Coast QueenslandGroup
2014EnsembleFrances Keevil Gallery, SydneySolo
2014invisibleLibby Edwards Galleries, MelbourneSolo
2014Adelaide Perry Prize for DrawingAdelaide Perry Gallery, SydneyGroup
2014Rick Amor Drawing PrizeArt Gallery BallaratGroup
2013Farenheit19 Karen, Gold Coast QueenslandSolo
2012RapscallionsLibby Edwards Galleries, MelbourneSolo
2012Sirens ablazingGadfly Gallery, PerthSolo
2012Traffic JamRichard Martin Art, SydneySolo
2012UnknownGallery One, Gold CoastGroup
2011CuriouserLibby Edwards Galleries, MelbourneSolo
2010Animal InstinctRichard Martin Art, SydneySolo
2010MenagerieGadfly Gallery, PerthSolo
2010You Know You Want ToLibby Edwards Gallery, MelbourneSolo
2010Hang Your DoodleAustralian Centre for Contemporary Art, MelbourneGroup
2010UnknownRichard Martin ArtGroup
2009Hand in GloveGadfly Gallery, PerthSolo
2009UnknownHill Smith Gallery AdelaideGroup
2009James Farrwll self Portrait AwardCastlemaine Art Gallery & Historical MuseumGroup
2009Art Sydney Libby Edwards Galleries – stand F3Group
2008SubtextLibby Edwards Galleries, BrisbaneSolo
2008Tiaras and Boxing GlovesLibby Edwards Galleries, SydneySolo
2008Portrait exhibitionBega Valley Regional Gallery SH Group
2008Salon Des Refuse SH Ervin Gallery & Tweed River Regional GalleryGroup
2007Works on PaperLibby Edwards Galleries, BrisbaneSolo
2007EncorePerth Concert Hall, WASolo
2007Superheroes & CelebritiesJinks Creek WinerySolo
2007Human KindsGadfly Gallery, PerthSolo
2007Ties that BindLibby Edwards Galleries, MelbourneSolo
2007Hutchins Art PrizeThe Long Gallery, TasmaniaGroup
2007Chairs for CharityFlemington AtriumGroup
2007Portia Geach AwardSH Ervin GalleryGroup
2007Dobell Prize for drawingthe Art Gallery of NSWGroup
2006ModestLibby Edwards Galleries, BrisbaneSolo
2006EmancipatedLibby Edwards Galleries, SydneySolo
2006Artwork for Baby PromsSydney Opera HouseGroup
2006Art SingaporeStand AP03 Suntec SingaporeGroup
2006Moments in ArtChapel Galleries - Chapel off ChapelGroup
2006Doug Moran National Portrait PrizeState Library of NSWGroup
2005Go FigureGadfly Gallery, PerthSolo
2005Esther ErlichPerth Concert HallSolo
2005Banyule Works on PaperBanyule Art SpaceGroup
2005Archibald Prize at AGNSWNewcastle & Albury Regional Art GalleriesGroup
2005National Small Sculpture PrizeWoollahra Municipal CouncilGroup
2004RumorsLibby Edwards Galleries, MelbourneSolo
2004ConfectionBarry Newton Gallery, AdelaideSolo
2003Wall FlowersLibby Edwards Galleries, SydneySolo
2003Portraits Retrospective Libby Edwards Galleries, MelbourneSolo
2003HairsprayBark Modern Art, Hong KongSolo
2003UnknownJewish Museum of Australia, Kosher CultureGroup
2002Esther ErlichBarry Newton Gallery, AdelaideSolo
2002Basic BlackLibby Edwards Galleries, MelbourneSolo
2002Pick-up Lines, Works on PaperLibby Edwards Galleries, SydneySolo
2002Portia Geach AwardSH Ervin GalleryGroup
2002UnknownGadfly Gallery, WAGroup
2002Archibald Prize AGNSWGeorge Adams Gallery, MelbourneGroup
2002Salon des RefuseSH Ervin Gallery SydneyGroup
2001HooplaLibby Edwards Galleries, SydneySolo
2001Portia Geach AwardSH Ervin GalleryGroup
2001Jeans for GenesSydneyGroup
2000MiniaturesLibby Edwards Galleries, SydneySolo
2000No StandingLibby Edwards Galleries, MelbourneSolo
2000Portia Geach awardSH Ervin GalleryGroup
2000Archibald Prize at AGNSWGeorge Adams Gallery and Regional TourGroup
1999Recent AcrylicsLibby Edwards Galleries, SydneySolo
1999Suburban SpectaclesLibby Edwards GalleriesSolo
1999Portia Geach Award SH Ervin Gallery, SydneyGroup
1999Jeans for GenesMuseum of Contemporary Art, SydneyGroup
1999Marymount Arts Festival QueenslandGroup
1998Doug Moran National Portrait PrizeNational Gallery Victoria & State Library of NSWGroup
1998Portia Geach AwardSH Ervin GalleryGroup
1998UnknownMary Place Gallery, SydneyGroup
1998Retrospecta IIMotorworks GalleryGroup
1997UnknownLibby Edwards GalleriesGroup
1996Realm of the KnaveConvent Gallery, DaylesfordSolo
1996Portia Geach AwardSH Ervin GallleryGroup
1996World in a MatchboxGrand Central GalleryGroup
1995Portia Geach Memorial Award exhibitionSH Ervin Gallery, SydneyGroup
1995Ten New ArtistsHoldsworth Gallery, SydneyGroup
1994The Joker is WildLibby Edwards GalleriesSolo
1994The Nude in ArtBarry Newton Gallery, AdelaideGroup
1993Esther ErlichNew Robin Group, JapanSolo
1993Esther ErlichBarry Newton Gallery, AdelaideSolo
1993UnknownLibby Edwards GalleriesGroup
1993UnknownLibby Edwards GalleriesGroup
1993International Womens Exhibitionthe Kyushu Municipal Gallery, JapanGroup
1993Salon des RefuseSH Ervin Gallery SydneyGroup
1993UnknownHoldsworth Gallery, SydneyGroup
1992Esther ErlichBarry Newton Gallery, AdelaideSolo
1992UnknownLibby Edwards GalleriesGroup
1991Esther ErlichLibby Edwards GalleriesSolo
1990Esther ErlichLibby Edwards GalleriesSolo
1990Portraits of Australia DMNPP Sydney Opera HouseGroup
1989Esther ErlichWeather Vane Gallery, FlindersSolo
1989Portia Geach AwardSH Ervin Gallery, SydneyGroup
1989Figurative Exhibition Libby Edwards GalleriesGroup
1988UnknownNational Gallery of Vic, On a ClotheslineGroup
1986UnknownFreeman Gallery, HobartGroup