Esther Erlich

23 June — 12 July 2018
Opening: Saturday, 23 June, 5:00 — 7:00 pm


Fox Galleries is proud to present paintings and works on paper by Esther Erlich, 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.

Framed at an intimate distance, and locking eyes with their viewer, they seem to capture the visual experience of beholding the person you are falling in love with. Delightful contrasts in light, colour and detail only deepen the fantasy, inviting us to playfully wonder what we can know about another person, simply by looking at them.

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.


2016 Esther Erlich: New Work, Frances Keevil Gallery, Sydney

2015 Frances Keevil Gallery, Sydney

2014 Invisible, Libby Edwards Galleries, Melbourne

2013 Perth Concert Hall in conjunction with Gadfly Gallery, Perth

2012 Rapscallions, Libby Edwards Galleries, Melbourne


2017 Pop Up Show, Libby Edwards Galleries, Melbourne

2016 Trailblazing Women, The Global Women’s Project, Neospace Gallery

2015 Pain/ting, Open Walls Gallery, Berlin

2014 Panter and Hall, London, UK

2014 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, The Croydon Centre for Art, Design & Technology, Sydney

Full CV