Esther Nienhuis: TRACKS at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery
Currently on at the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery in Charlotte Street is Dutch artist, Esther Nienhuis’ stunning exhibition of new works, entitled TRACKS. With her art Nienhuis seeks to expose symbolic thresholds that distinguish the here and now from alternative realities and times. The central theme of Nienhuis’ work is the desire to be somewhere else; a longing for the unknown.
Nienhuis’ astonishingly beautiful oil paintings seem to come to life as their energy seeps off the canvas. Viewers are drawn into becoming a part of Neinhuis’ life and memories, as they are also invited to explore their own, summoning deep feelings of nostalgia and longing.
In ‘Saudade 63’ and ‘Saudade 62’ viewers are given a slightly obscured view from behind a rain covered windscreen of a car. This represents a physical boundary. The rain puts an imperceptible blur over the otherwise clear, transparent glass, leaving what lies beyond in an abstract appearance. Many of the paintings feature a child or children, most of them are viewed from behind, as they appear to be focused on what is in front of them and where they are heading next, even if it is just a few steps forward.
Nienhuis’ works are created from a mixture of volatile and precise brushstrokes. The excruciating effort put into the small details of each painting is especially pleasing to the eye. Her paintings may appear slightly abstract up close, but from a distance they become more and more realistic, almost appearing as photographs.
The human eye tends to be driven to infinity, to continue looking forward and beyond what we can physically see, however sometimes there is a concerning boundary that blocks the path between here and elsewhere. Tracks explores the notion of reaching beyond that boundary, pushing it aside and continuing to look forward with our journeys of delivering ourselves to somewhere new.
The Rebecca Hossack Gallery continuously plays home to some of the most beautiful and breath taking artworks and this month is no different with ‘TRACKS’. Every inch of each painting offers its own simple and elegant charm, delicately whisking viewers away as they become absorbed in the exhibition.
‘Tracks’ is on display until September 29th at the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, Charlotte Street. More information may be found here.