ESTHER ERLICH CV                                  


March 2023 Shortlisted for “Goddess” public art hoarding for Metro Tunnel project Melbourne

October 2022 Semifinalist Doug Moran National portrait Prize

September 2022 Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Award, National Trust Sydney

June 2022  Finalist Darling Portrait Prize At National Portrait Gallery Canberra

June 2022 Henley festival with Panter and Hall UK

April 2022 Finalist Percival Portrait Painting Prize Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Qld

April 20-24 2022 London Art Fair,  4 works with Panter and Hall London

March 2022 Melbourne Art Book Fair NGV 

August 2020 Finalist in the Kilgour Prize, Newcastle Art Gallery NSW

May 2020 Finalist The Percival Portrait Painting Prize at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Qld

February exhibiting in the 2020 L.A. Art Show USA – represented by Panter and Hall London

August 2019 Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Award (Sydney)

November 2018 Finalist Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, Grafton regional Gallery

November 2018 Finalist Black Swan Prize AGWA (Perth)

October 2018 Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Award (Sydney)

April 2018 Finalist, Highly Commended, Percival Portrait Prize  QLD

October 2017 Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Prize (Sydney)

October 2017 Semi-Finalist Doug Moran national portrait Prize (Sydney)

August 2016 Finalist Kilgour Prize Newcastle Art Gallery

August 2016 Finalist Paul Guest Drawing Prize Bendigo Art Gallery

May 2016 Finalist in the Percival Portrait Painting Prize Perc Tucker Regional Gallery QLD

May 2016 Residency at the Art Vault (Mildura)

September 2015 Finalist in the Hobart City Art Prize (TMAG Tasmania)

August 2015 exhibiting in “Pain/ting” curated by Juan Arata. at Open Walls Gallery Berlin

March 2015 New York AAF with Panter and Hall Gallery London.

Finalist in the 2014 Portia Geach Memorial Award (Sydney)

Finalist for the 2014 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing  (Sydney)

Finalist for the 2014 Rick Amor Drawing Prize (Ballarat Art Gallery)

PLAIN curated by Dr Guy Morag 2013 international artists touring exhibition (Israel)

Finalist in the 2012 Black Swan Prize (WA)

Finalist in the 2011 Swan Prize (WA)

Finalist in the 2009 Banyule Works on Paper Award

Exhibited in the 2009 James Farrell Invitation Self Portrait Award (Castlemaine Art Gallery)

Finalist in the 2009 Black Swan Art Prize (WA)

Selected for the 2009 Archibald salon des Refuse (National Trust SH Ervin Gallery Sydney)

Finalist in the 2008 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture (WA)

Finalist in the 2008 Shirley Hannan Art prize.

Selected for the 2008 Salon des Refuse exhibition (National Trust SH Ervin Gallery & Tweed River Art Gallery)

Finalist in the 2007 Archibald Prize with “Tim” (portrait of Tim Rogers)

Finalist in the 2007 Dobell Prize at the AGNSW 

Finalist in the 2007 Hutchins Art Prize (Tasmania)

Finalist in the 2007 Whyalla Art Prize (South Australia)

Finalist in the 2007 Portia Geach Memorial Award

Exhibited in the 2006 Delhi Art & Design Fair, and Australian High Commission Delhi India.

Exhibited in Art Singapore, stand AP03 Suntec Singapore

Exhibited March 2007 in group show at New Delhi India, Gurgaon (Gallery Alternatives)

Finalist in the 2006 Doug Moran National Portrait prize.

Finalist in the 2005 Archibald Prize with “Lindy Wills”

Finalist in the 2005 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

Finalist in the 2005 Banyule Works on Paper Art Award

Curated in “Lost and Found” digital sequences of images displayed at Federation Square (Melb)

Finalist in the 2002 Archibald Prize with “Deborah Conway” & included in the Salon des Refuse with “Man Working”( portrait of Colin Hay).

Finalist in the 2002 Portia Geach Memorial Award 

December 2001, painting of Lynne Golding exhibited as Victorian Arts  Centre’s  Artwork  of the Month”

2001 invited to exhibit in the National Tour of, “Portraits 2001 – An Australian Odyssey”

Finalist in the 2001 Portia Geach Memorial Award

Winner of the 2000 Archibald Prize Peoples’ Choice Award in Sydney & Melbourne with ”Never Been Better”,( portrait of Bill Leak).

Finalist in the 2000 Portia Geach Memorial Award

Finalist in the 1999 Portia Geach Memorial Award

Winner of the 1998 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize with “Gaunt and Glorious”,( portrait of Steve Moneghetti)

Finalist in the 1998 Portia Geach Memorial Award

Finalist in the 1996 Portia Geach Memorial Award

Finalist in the 1995 Portia Geach Memorial Award

1993 included in the Salon des Refuses (Archibald)

1993 exhibited  at  the  International  Womens’ Exhibition in Kyushu’ Japan

Finalist in the 1990 Doug Moran National Portrait  Prize .

Finalist in the 1989 Winsor Newton Prize (Sydney);

Finalist in the 1989 Portia Geach Memorial Award

Second  prize winner of the 1987 VTU Art Prize.



DATE                                    GALLERYJune 2019 

May 2022                           ” Eye Can See Your Halo” Fox Galleries (Melbourne)

June 2021                           “Fashion Dictates” Harvey Galleries (Sydney)

September 2020             “An Intimate Distance” as part of The Great Curve, at Fox galleries (Melbourne)

June 2020                         “The Beholder” Panter and Hall (London)

June 2019                          “Audacious”  Fox Galleries (Melbourne)                 

June 2018                          “The Female Gaze”    Fox Galleries (Melbourne)

Dec 2016-Jan 2017             Qdos Gallery (Lorne)

June 2016                             Work on Paper Frances Keevil Gallery (Sydney)

Feb 2015                               Frances Keevil Gallery (Sydney)

August 2014                        “Ensemble” Frances Keevil Gallery (Sydney)

April 2014                             “4 works” Panter and Hall London

March 2014                          “Invisible” Libby Edwards Gallery (Melbourne)

November 2013                   “Farenheit” 19 Karen (Queensland)

August 2013                         Perth Concert Hall -in conjunction with Gadfly Gallery (WA)

December 2012                   “Rapscallions” Libby Edwards Galleries (Melbourne)

October 2012                       “Sirens Ablazing” Gadfly Gallery (Perth)

July 2012                              “Traffic Jam” Richard Martin Art (Sydney)

September 2011                  “Curiouser” Libby Edwards Galleries (Melbourne)

November 2010                   “Animal Instinct” Richard Martin Art (Sydney)

October 2010                       “Menagerie” Gadfly Gallery (Perth)

April 2010                             Jinks Creek Winery Gallery (Vic)

March 2010                          “You Know You Want To” Libby Edwards Galleries (Melbourne)

June 2009                             “Hand in Glove” Gadfly Gallery (Perth)

September 2008                  “Subtext” Libby Edwards Galleries (Brisbane)

February 2008                     “Tiaras and Boxing Gloves” Libby Edwards Galleries (Sydney)              

November 2007                   “Works on Paper” Libby Edwards Galleries (Brisbane)               

November 2007                   “Encore” Perth Concert Hall (WA)                                                  

October 2007                       Jinks Creek Winery “Superheroes & Celebrities”                                          

July 2007                              “Human Kinds” Gadfly Gallery (Perth)                                                          

February 2007                     “Ties that Bind” Libby Edwards Galleries (Melbourne)              

September 2006                  “Modest” Libby Edwards Galleries (Brisbane)                             

February 2006                     “Emancipated” Libby Edwards Galleries (Sydney)                     

April 2005                             “Go Figure” Gadfly Gallery (Perth)  

May 2005                               Perth Concert Hall            

November 2004                 “Rumors” Libby Edwards Galleries (Melbourne)                           

May 2004                             “Confection” Barry Newton Gallery (Adelaide)                                          

September 2003                  “Wall Flowers” Libby Edwards Galleries (Sydney)                      

August 2003                           Portraits Retrospective Libby Edwards Galleries (Melbourne)

May 2003                             “Hairspray” Bark Modern Art (Hong Kong)                                

October 2002                         Barry Newton Gallery (Adelaide)                                                  

July 2002                              “Basic Black” Libby Edwards Galleries (Melb)                                           

February 2002                     “Pick-up Lines’ Libby Edwards Galleries (Sydney)Works on Pap            

August 2001                         “Hoopla” Libby Edwards Galleries (Sydney)                                               

September 2000                  Libby Edwards Galleries (Sydney) Miniatures                             

August 2000                         “No Standing” Libby Edwards Galleries (Melbourne)                

December 1999                   Libby Edwards Galleries (Sydney) Recent Acrylics                    

February 1999                     “Suburban Spectacles” Libby Edwards Galleries                                        

March 1996                          Convent Gallery (Daylesford) “Realm of the Knave’                 

April 1994                             “The Joker is Wild” Libby Edwards Galleries                                               

December 1993                   New Robin Group (Japan)                                                               

July 1993                              Barry Newton Gallery (Adelaide)                                                   

November 1992                   Barry Newton Gallery (Adelaide)                                                   

June 1991                             Libby Edwards Galleries                                                                  

March 1990                          Libby Edwards Galleries                                                                  

April 1989                             Weather Vane Gallery (Flinders)                                                    

May 1988                             Toorak Library                                                                                  

November 1987                   Graphic Illusions

September 1986                  Graphic Illusions

July 1984                              Young Originals 

ESTHER ERLICH           


February 2022                    ” Things  I Didn’t Know” Fox Galleries

February 2020                    “Sparks”  Fox Galleries (Melbourne)

October 2018                       Frances Keevil Gallery (Sydney)

October 2017                       Pop up Show 550 Swan Street Richmond (Melbourne)

March 2014                          Guest Artist, Panter and Hall (London)

February 2014                     Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing (Sydney)

January 2014                       Rick Amor Drawing Prize (Art Gallery of Ballarat)

July 2012                              Gallery One (gold coast)

October 2011                       “Plain” curated by Dr Guy Morag exhibiting 240 international artists in a touring exhibition in Israel

Nov 2010                              “Hang Your Doodle” Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

July 2010                              Richard Martin Art, Sydney

November 2009                   Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide

November 2009                   Castlemaine Art Gallery- J.F. Invitation Self Portrait Award

March 2009                          SH Ervin Pavillion National Trust Salon des refuse

June 2008.                            Bega Valley regional Gallery, portrait exhibition.

March 2008                          Salon Des Refuse at SH Ervin Gallery & Tweed River Regional Gallery

October 2007                       Hutchins Art Prize at The Long Gallery (Tasmania)

October 2007                       Chairs for Charity at Flemington Atrium

September 2007                  Portia Geach Award at SH Ervin Gallery

August 2007                         Dobell Prize for drawing at the Art Gallery of NSW

March 2007                          Archibald Prize at AGNSW; Mural Hall Melb; Manning , Grafton, Bega Valley and Broken hill Regional Galleries,

October 2006                       Artwork for Baby Proms at Sydney Opera House

September 2006                  Art Singapore at Stand AP03 Suntec Singapore

October 2006                       Art and design Fair New Delhi at the Australian High Commission

April 2006                             Moments in Art at Chapel Galleries- Chapel off Chapel

March 2006                          Doug Moran National Portrait Prize at State Library of NSW   

October 2005                       Banyule Works on Paper at  Banyule Art Space

 April 2005                             “The Body in Question” G.W.Bot, Esther Erlich, Barbie Kjar at  Gadfly   Gallery Perth

 April 2005                             Archibald Prize at AGNSW; Newcastle & Albury Regional Art Galleries;  Moree Plains Gallery; Cowra Art Gallery & Victoria Arts Centre

 October 2005                       National Small Sculpture Prize at  Woollahra Municipal Council

March 2005                          Lost and Found”, Curators & Artists digital sequences of images and text creating double narratives for 3 artists; Olive Cotton, Rosalie Cogan and Esther Erlich, out of the Archives of the Women’s Art Register. Displayed at Federation Square Melbourne, Gertrude St Contemporary Art Spaces, RMIT Gallery.

February 2004                     “Precious Platters “ Jewish Museum of Australia, at  Sotheby’s

April 2003                             Kosher Culture The Jewish Museum

July 2003                              Superstars Unzipped , , Jeans for Genes Retrospective Sydney Town Hall

April 2003                             Jewish Museum of Australia, Kosher Culture

September 2002                  Portia Geach Award at SH Ervin Gallery

August 2002                         Gadfly Gallery (WA)

July 2002                              AGNSW Jeans for Genes Generations Art Exhibition 

June 2002                             Archibald Prize AGNSW; George Adams Gallery (Melb) & regional tour

June 2002                             Salon des Refuse at SH Ervin Gallery Sydney

December 2001                   Portraits 2001 – An Australian Odyssey touring Logan, Toowoomba, Shepparton and Tamworth City Art Galleries and, Dalby, Hervy Bay, Manning, Port                                                            Macquarie-Hastings, Tweed River; Port Pirie, and Albury Regional Art Galleries

December 2001                   Victorian Arts Centre selected as artwork of the month.

September 2001                  Portia Geach Award at SH Ervin Gallery

July 2001                              Jeans for Genes, Sydney

September 2000                  Portia Geach award at SH Ervin Gallery

March 2000                          Archibald Prize at AGNSW , George Adams Gallery and Regional Tour

September 1999                  Portia Geach Award  SH Ervin Gallery (Sydney)

July 1999                              Jeans for Genes- Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney)

April 1999                             Marymount Arts Festival (Queensland) featured artist

October 1998                       Doug Moran National Portrait Prize at National Gallery Victoria & State Library of NSW

September 1998                  Portia Geach Award at SH Ervin Gallery

August 1998                         Mary Place Gallery (Sydney)

March 1998                          Retrospecta II. Motorworks Gallery featured artist

December 1997                   Libby Edwards Galleries

September 1996                  Portia Geach Award at SH Ervin Galllery                      

February 1996                     Grand Central Gallery, World in a Matchbox

October 1995                       Portia Geach Memorial Award exhibition; SH Ervin Gallery (Sydney)

January 1995                       Ten New Artists , Holdsworth Gallery (Sydney)

March 1994                          “The Nude in Art” Barry Newton Gallery (Adelaide)   

December 1993                   Libby Edwards Galleries

November 1993                   Libby Edwards Galleries   

July 1993                              International Womens Exhibition at the Kyushu Municipal Gallery Japan.

March 1993                          Salon des Refuse at SH Ervin Gallery Sydney

March 1993                          Holdsworth Gallery (Sydney)           

October 1992                       Libby Edwards Gallery

December 1990                   Portraits of Australia DMNPP Sydney Opera House

September 1989                  Portia Geach Award at SH Ervin Gallery (Sydney)                     

June 1989                             Figurative Exhibition Libby Edwards Galleries

December 1988                   National Gallery of Vic, On a Clothesline     

March/July 1986                 Freeman Gallery (Hobart)

April/July/Oct. 1983            Young Originals Gallery


National  Portrait  Gallery , “The Hon. Jim Carlton AO with Cravat” “Portrait of a Lady” (Sonia McMahon)

Tweed Valley Regional Art Gallery , “Gaunt and Glorious”(Steve Moneghetti)

National Library ACT , “Louis Kahan”, “Andrew Sibley” and  pencil study for Gaunt and Glorious.

Hutchins Foundation Collection, “Grunt II”

Holocaust Museum Vic. “Mr Socolovitz”

ALP Building Canberra, “Barry Jones”

Royal Overseas League, Australian Collection, “Nine Two Nine”

Performing Arts Museum, Victorian Arts Centre, “Lynne Golding”

Council for Adult Education, “Warming Up”

Macrobertson Girls High School, portrait of Leslie Boston

Mentone Girls High School, portrait of Jill Dargue

St Catherine’s School, portrait of Laraine Sharr


The Intimate Distance, Spring as part of The Great Curve, Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer set of books by Rebecca Agnew

Illustration for Jonathan’s Thongs by Susan Kliman

Let’s Face It – The History of the Archibald Prize by Peter Ross and AGNSW.

Gallery (Dec.2000 – Jan.2001 edition) National Gallery of Victoria publication.

Portrait of Louis Kahan front and back covers of The National Library of Australia’s 38th Annual Report 1997 – 1998.

Illustrations for,”Making Conversation” 1996 ,Intercom Publishing House, Japan.

Included in Who’s Who of Australian Visual Artists  by D.W. Thorpe, November 1995

Cover, Artwork and Article feature in,”Generation Journal’ November 1993, March 1995 and September 1998 issues.

Illustration featured in,”Marmalade’s Book of Cats” distributed by Tower books

Cover and Article – 1991 December Issue of Australian Artist

Included in,”Portraits  of Australia” 1990 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Collection

Cover Illustration – Angus and Robertson’s “Middle Aged Maidens by Gwen Kelly

SAA Painters “Video into Art Series”, Schmelling Artvideo Australia.