Esther Erlich


1 June — 26 June 2019
Opening: Saturday, 1 June, 5:00 — 7:00 pm

Fox Galleries is proud to present AUDACIOUS by Esther Erlich. Erlich is celebrated for over three decades for her distinctive portraits, and AUDACIOUS is a celebratory response to the latest global wave of women’s empowerment.

The inspiration for this body of work are female figures who standout for their strength of character, be it as a result of their intellect, poise, confidence, allure, flamboyance or daring. The subjects lock eyes with the viewer, demanding not only their attention but also their respect and awe. In AUDACIOUS Erlich aims to intrigue and captivate viewers through a profound sense of energy and purpose that make up the essence of each of the figures portrayed.


Listen to Esther Erlich’s interview for JOY FM’s Sunday Arts Magazine. 


2000 People’s Choice Award, Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales; George Adams Gallery, Melbourne and Regional galleries tour

1998 Winner, Doug Moran Portrait Prize, Moran Arts Foundation, Sydney


2019 Finalist, Portia Geach Memorial Award, S.H Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2018 Finalist, Portia Geach Memorial Award, S.H Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2018 Finalist, Percival Portrait Painting Prize, Townsville City, QLD

2017 Finalist, Portia Geach Award, National Trust S.H.Ervin Gallery, Sydney

2017 Semi Finalist, Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Moran Arts Foundation, Sydney

2016 Finalist, Kilgour Prize, Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle, NSW

2016 Finalist, Paul Guest Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo VIC

2016 Finalist, Percival Portrait Painting Prize, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, QLD


2018 Esther Erlich: The Female Gaze, Fox Galleries, Melbourne

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