Esther Barend

Born in 1964 - Netherlands

BIOGRAPHY

Esther Barend was born in an artistic family in the Netherlands. After finishing her studies, she worked and lived in Paris and Amsterdam and established herself as a designer of jewellery in Eindhoven (The Netherlands).

Several years later she started classes at the Academy of Fine Arts. After 3 years she felt she had to go her own way. She started experimenting day in, day out and this is how in the course of the years she developed her very own style. Nowadays she works and lives in Antwerp (Belgium) and her paintings can be found in private and corporate collections from the USA, all over Europe, Emirates, Japan to Australia.

Esther Barend has an unstoppable need to paint. The paintings in her abstract-series are mostly autobiographical in nature, inspired by her rich and complex inner world, her current emotions and contemporary events. She examines the entire life inevitable from her personal perspective as an artist. The portraits in her figurative series are open-minded refelections of perfect imperfections.

However, instead of making clear statements about her work, Barend wants to stimulate the specatator to use his/her own imagination. She wants to take the viewer along into a fascinating spectacle, which has been built by intense colours, contrasts and powerful movements ... into another world that only exists in your own mind. Everything is open, no fixed standards, no expectations, but total freedom.

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EXHIBITIONS

2015
Group Exhibition Atelier Gerri Grijsen | Winterswijk - The Netherlands
Group Exhibition Galerie 713 | Knokke - Belgium .
Love Art Fair - Toronto - Canada | Represented By Mz Urban Art (New York - Usa)
Solo Exhibition Galerie De Kei | Nuenen - The Netherlands.
Group Exhibition Galleries Creutzberg | Van Dun | Oisterwijk, The Netherlands.
Affordable Art Fair (Aaf) New York City | Mz Urban Art | New York - Usa.
Group Show Chelsea 27, Mz Urban Art | New York - Usa.

2014
Cover For Dutch Singer-Songwriter Anouk's 9th Album 'Paradise And Back Again', On Commission.
Solo Exhibition Metropolitan Gallery238 | Amsterdam - Netherlands.
Gallery Haamstede - Kunstschouw | Burgh Haamstede - Netherlands.
Duo Exhibition '2of A Kind' @ Pop Up Gallery | Lommel - Belgium.
Duo Exhibition Gallery In De Oude School | Stroe - Netherlands.

2013
Solo Exhibition @ Pop Up Gallery | Lommel - Belgium.
Group Show, Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery | New York City - Usa
Solo Exhibition, Van Bellen Art | Willemstad - Netherlands
Solo & Group Exhibition, Galerie Radeski | Liège - Belgium

2012
Solo Exhibition - Galerie De Kei | Nuenen - Netherlands.
Solo Exhibition - Artishox Art Gallery | Hasselt - Belgium
Solo At Galerie Manjefiek | Maastricht - Netherlands

2011
Solo Exhibition At Van Bellen Art | Willemstad - Netherlands.
Art Fair Blooom/Art21 | Cologne - Germany.
Solo At Galerie Tatiana Tournemine | Paris - France.
'Seize' Group Show At Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery | New York City - Usa.
Solo Exhibition - Artishox Art Gallery | Hasselt - Belgium.
'Nowhere@150' At Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery | New York City - Usa.

2010
Art Fair Lineart | Gent - Belgium.
Art Fair Blooom/Art21 | Cologne - Germany.
Solo At Galerie De Kei | Nuenen - Netherlands.
Group At Galerie Tatiana Tournemine | Paris - France.
Art Fair Artquerfeld | Basel - Switzerland.
Solo Exhibition - Artishox Art Gallery | Hasselt - Belgium.

2009
Duo At Gallery Jules & Jeremy | Utrecht - Netherlands.
Art Laren 2009 | Laren - Netherlands.
Group At Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery | New York City - Usa.
Solo At Gallery Art–Ist | Geel - Belgium.
Duo At Suite Gallery | Loenen A/D Vecht - Netherlands.
Art Fair Primavera 2009 | Rotterdam - Netherlands.

2008
Solo At Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery | New York City - Usa.
Solo At Gallery De Kei | Nuenen - Netherlands.
Art Fair Lineart 2008 | Gent - Belgium.
Aaf Amsterdam | Amsterdam - Netherlands.
Duo At Gallery Delfi Form | Zwolle - Netherlands.
Duo At Amstel Gallery | Dronten - Netherlands.
Duo – Gallery Tracé | Maastricht - Netherlands.
Arti Fair With Gallery De Kei | The Hague - Netherlands.
Art Fair Primavera 2008 | Rotterdam - Netherlands.

2007
Group At Models In Art | Delft - Netherlands.
Salon Libr'art 2007 | Libramont - Belgium.
Duo At Gallery De Kei | Nuenen - Netherlands.
Duo – Gallery Tracé | Maastricht - Netherlands.

2006
Duo At Gallery De Oude Barrier | Hasselt - Belgium.
Group At Galerie El Greco | Lommel - Belgium.

2005
Group At Gallery Haamstede | Burg-Haamstede - Netherlands.
Solo At Castle Rhederoord | De Steeg/Arnhem - Netherlands.

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