Now Representing – Esther Erlich – Tuesday, 13 March 2018
Esther Erlich, Back to Bach (2017), Acrylic on canvas, 137 x 92 cm, Erlich’s latest portrait, of The Velvet Addiction lead guitarist Aaron Bach
Fox Galleries now represents Esther Erlich, 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.
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.
Erlich’s first solo at Fox Galleries will open 23 June. Preview the exhibition here.