According to her website, it says that Esther Barend has an unstoppable need to paint. Can you relate to that?! I certainly can and oh my gosh, I love this woman's work!!! I was so excited to stumble upon her work and feature her on my blog for you to see and be blessed by.
I found out a lot about Esther Barend from her website and Instagram feed. Here's what I found...
Esther was born in an artistic family in the Netherlands. After finishing her studies, she established herself as a designer of jewelry in The Netherlands. Several years later she started taking classes at the Academy of Fine Arts. After three years there, Esther felt like she had to go in a different direction. So, day in and day out, she started experimenting to develop her own distinctive style. Can't you tell?! Looks like she found it. Her style is unlike anything I have ever seen.
Using acrylic paint, Esther explores the human form and re-interprets the female figure with expressive movements and color. This is the very thing that I was drawn to about her art. As an artist that has deliberately shied away from drawing and painting people, I was surprised at my recent desire to want to start painting females. Since I am a colorful and whimsical artist I was wondering how I could possibly incorporate my unique style into my paintings of the female form. I was afraid people would not like abstract female portraits with lots of colors and swirls. This is why I was so excited to stumble upon Esther's work. When I saw her contemporary and fluid brush strokes incorporated into the female form I was speechless.
The flow and expression I saw in her paintings immediately gave me the permission to tap deeper into and unleash the vibrant movements and flow that have been hidden inside of me.
Instead of making clear statements about her work, Esther chooses, instead to invite the spectator to use his/her own imagination. She wants to take the viewer along a journey built by intense colors, contrasts and powerful movements. She wants people to enter another world that only exists in their own mind.
With the strokes and colors she uses, she communicates a very intentional sense of freedom and personal independence. To her, everything is open. There are no fixed standards and no expectations, but total freedom. YES and amen Esther!!!!
Esther develops her portrait images around a focused silhouette. This silhouette then evolves into a progression of high energy painting gestures. These confident strokes lead to visually exotic and beautiful passages of color. Esther’s abstract paintings are non-representational compositions which she describes as “an unspoken, complex inner world that can only be translated with paint brush and color.”
Esther Barend paintings can be found in art galleries, corporate galleries and private collections throughout Belgium, Germany, New York, Luxemburg, Amsterdam, Paris and Tokyo.
Here are some links to find some of her work and find out more about Esther.
Perfect Imperfections Series: https://www.estherbarend.eu/perfect-imperfections/
Blog to follow along her journey: https://www.estherbarend.eu/blog/
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Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Amanda Rita Tardif. I used to blog about really bad ass artists each week but, considering everything I have been experiencing and learning, this blog has changed and is about to get really juicy, delicious and sexy...because I JUST CAN'T HOLD IT ALL IN ANYMORE.