Esther Stewart

Esther Stewart

Esther Stewart (b.1988Katherine, Australia) lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. Stewart creates paintings and installations that examine the endless possibilities offered by the visual language of architecture, design and geometry. Working at the nexus of art and design, Stewart explores ways to reimagine, collapse and expand spaces through painting and architecture, while examining historical influences and their respective social and political implications. Recently, Stewart has collaborated with architects and craftspeople to extend the spatial and material possibilities within her practice.

Esther Stewart completed a Bachelor with First Class Honours at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne in 2010, where she has lectured in the School of Sculpture and Spatial Practice, and is currently completing a Masters of Architecture. Stewart has worked on major commissions for Bendigo Hospital, SlowBeam, ChenChow Little, and Shepparton Art Museum. In 2018, during her Gertrude Contemporary Studio residency, Stewart exhibited new work in a solo presentation at the Melbourne Art Fair, which was awarded Best Stand prize. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at galleries and art fairs, including at the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne. Stewart was the winner of the 2016 Sir John Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney and was recently commissioned by the University of Melbourne to produce a major work for the Academia di Belle Arti di Firenzi. In 2015, Italian designer Valentino engaged Stewart to collaborate on the translation of her paintings into the textiles for the Autumn/Winter 2015-2016 menswear collection. Stewart’s work is held in public and private collections internationally, including Artbank, Australia; Ballarat Art Gallery; and Lyons House Museum, Melbourne.

Selected works

    Setting the stage

    Esther Stewart

    Setting the stage 2017

    Make it up

    Esther Stewart

    Make it up 2018

    Autofiction

    Esther Stewart

    Autofiction 2020

    Pressed and ordered

    Esther Stewart

    Pressed and ordered 2017

    She abandoned melodrama for realism

    Esther Stewart

    She abandoned melodrama for realism 2017

    Admission of liability

    Esther Stewart

    Admission of liability 2017

Exhibitions

  • Autofiction

    Esther Stewart

    Autofiction

    19 September - October 17, 2020

  • Melbourne Art Fair

    Esther Stewart

    Melbourne Art Fair

    2 - August 5, 2018

  • Sydney Contemporary

    Sydney Contemporary

    Esther StewartJonny NiescheJamie NorthGemma SmithKoji Ryui

    6 - September 10, 2017

  • Melodrama

    Esther Stewart

    Melodrama

    25 May - June 24, 2017

  • Spring 1883

    Spring 1883

    Gemma SmithBrendan Van HekSarah MoscaJoyce HinterdingJonny NiescheMatthys GerberEsther StewartChristopher HanrahanNicola Smith

    17 - August 21, 2016

  • Behind Closed Doors

    Esther Stewart

    Behind Closed Doors

    8 April - May 7, 2016

  • Spring 1883

    Spring 1883

    Gemma SmithBrendan Van HekEsther StewartJulie FragarHuseyin SamiJonathan ZawadaElizabeth PulieKoji RyuiMatthys GerberNicola SmithJohn NicholsonTodd McMillanJustin TrendallAndreas Reiter Raabe & Franz West

    10 - September 12, 2015