Esther Erlich Finalist in the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture 2018 – Wednesday, 22 August 2018
Esther Erlich, Dignified (2017), Acrylic on canvas, 166 x 107 cm
Congratulations to Esther Erlich for being selected as a finalist in the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture 2018 for her painting Dignified. The painting was previously selected as a finalist in the Percival Portrait Painting Prize 2018.
As described in Art Guide Australia, “From over 500 entries, 40 finalists from across Australia have been chosen for the ‘2018 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture’, Western Australia’s premier art prize. Now in its twelfth year, the prize pool available to professional, emerging and young artists is over $70,000, making it the third richest prize in Australia after the Archibald and Moran competitions.”
Esther Erlich is a Melbourne based artist celebrated for over three decades for her distinctive portraits. Expressive and alluring, Erlich’s figures demand attention from their viewers. Her provocatively beautiful faces are vivid apparitions above abstracted bodies that exist in no space or time.
Esther Erlich has had over 51 solo and 72 group exhibitions since 1983. She won the prestigious Doug Moran Portrait Prize (1998), the People’s Choice Award, Archibald Prize (2000) and has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize and the Portia Geach Memorial Award multiple times. 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.