Elaine d'Esterre

Feminist Visual Artist – Paintings, Mixed Media and Etchings

Latest Exhibition titled “Littoral”


Invitation from Elaine d'Esterre

Invitation from Elaine d’Esterre

Everyone is welcome and I hope that you can pop in for a chat and view all the gallery’s artwork at your leisure.

Artworks in this exhibition consist of large oil painting, gouache and pastel, frottage and etching collaged onto handmade paper and small etchings. The title “Littoral” refers to the seashore, between tide lines as they meet the rocky outcrop forming a small promontory called Point Roadknight which contains, in part, unusual mineralised shapes sometimes called “the petrified forest”.

Within the artwork in this small exhibition at 69 Smith Street Gallery I explored,  observed, responded, interpreted  and created fantasies about several themes about this environment.  Firstly, the loss through persistent erosion of an intriguing landform, then how some of its elements resembled ancient ruins now lost to the sea. Landscape as memento mori?

Then I depicted a figurative image, a diver who unlike the Narcissus mythic figure, (often used in allegory to describe the process of looking), grasped  meaning from beneath surface reflection.

As well there are 2 small etchings in which I express my romantic streak by depicting craggy rocks at sunrise concentrating on light and shadow. Some other works’ titles are self-explanatory such as, Point Roadknight Erosion, Entablature, the Weathered Columns and Resurface 2.

Author: elainedesterre

I have been producing oil paintings, mixed media, prints (etching), digital prints and drawings for many years travelling to the Australian outback and overseas for inspiration and further education. My formal education consists of a PhD in painting and a BA in printmaking and my artwork is represented in public and private collections. My purpose and ongoing challenge is to create a gender-balanced and environment-focused iconography within the Western canon of European oil painting. These themes find expression within imagery about time, memory and identity as well as in geomorphology of evolutionary and environmental significance.

2 thoughts on “Latest Exhibition titled “Littoral”

  1. Good luck with the exhibition Elaine, wish I could come and see it!