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Esther Stewart · Makin' Plans


30th April, 2013
Lucy Feagins
Tuesday 30th April 2013

'Backwards Barbie' by Esther Stewart, 2013, 90cm x 60cm from her upcoming show, Makin' Plans at Utopian Slumps.

Left - 'Don't Let Trouble Make Up Your Mind' by Esther Stewart, 2013, 90cm x 60cm, right - 'Nickels and Dimes' by Esther Stewart, 2013, 90cm x 60cm.

'After the Gold Rush' by Esther Stewart, 2013, 90cm x 60cm from her upcoming show at Utopian Slumps.

After we wrapped up TDF Open House in December last year, there were a handful of beautiful things we just kept getting emails about, and Melbourne artist Esther Stewart's incredible paintings were pretty high on top of that list!  It seems you guys just couldn't get enough of Esther's amazing colour combinations and her bold, angular shapes - in retrospect I think we could have sold each piece about 3 times over!

With this in mind, we figured we'd better keep you all well informed about Esther's upcoming show - her first exhibition with Utopian Slumps gallery in Melbourne!

Entitled Makin' Plans, this show brings together a series of enamel paintings on board, characterised by a careful balance of geometric shapes and beautiful muted colours.  Esther’s work plays with perspective, using colour and form to produce the illusion of space and depth within the flat surface of each work.  'I'm interested in learning about composition and colour, and developing rules/syntaxes that I can create more works from' says Esther when asked to describe this latest body of work.

For a little more background info on Esther, you might like to re-visit our original post about Esther dated May last year. (ie BEFORE our big website re-design, hence the slightly irregular formatting!).

Makin' Plans opens this Saturday May 4th, from 4.00pm - 6.00pm, and runs until May 25th.  The works are priced from $1600.

Makin' Plans by Esther Stewart
Open from 4th to 25th May 2013
Utopian Slumps
Ground floor, 33 Guildford Lane
Melbourne, VIC 

'Made of Stone' by Esther Stewart, 2013, 90cm x 60cm.

Left - 'It's my Time' by Esther Stewart, 2013, 90cm x 60cm,  'I Wanna Fall in Love' by Esther Stewart, 2013, 90cm x 60cm.

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