Profile

ARTIST STATEMENT

Esther Ritz, born New York City, has been working as an abstract painter and contemporary artist in Dallas and Santa Fe for the last fifteen years. Her paintings were recently featured in the Huffington Post, including an extensive interview. She is a lifelong painter who began experimenting with color at an early age. Esther vividly remembers her parents taking her, as a child, to Greenwich Village in New York City. They went to an art supply store to purchase a real artist's box, with oil paints and brushes. The acquisition of authentic art supplies solidified a vote of confidence in her artistic talent. Esther has studied at intensive workshops with French and American master painters. In 2010 her work was juried and selected to be in the national magazine, Studio Visit. Esther was recently awarded Best in Show by the Texas Visual Artists Association in 2013. Esther allows her energy to flow freely onto the canvas in the form of paint. She is inspired by the rhythm of upbeat music, from musicians such as Buddy Holly, Al Green, Elton John, and Aretha Franklin. Her paintings are guided by a compelling sense of color and a strong instinct for pattern and texture. Her uninhibited exploration of collage is mesmerizing. Esther harnesses her imagination without restraint.  The power of her unconscious results in a creative process that is quite astonishing. "I like to let the freedom, play, emotion, and energy of the moment take over and guide each work of art. This demands I pay attention, stay in the moment, and enter into a new relationship. Each painting becomes an absorbing mystery, with its unique possibilities, expectations, frustrations, and surprises."

I hope my paintings touch the viewer deeply, so they too can feel their own mysterious power within.

 

 

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

TVAA Group Show, Dallas, Texas, 2016

TJAA Juried Show, Dallas, Texas, 2016

ART 7 Gallery, Fort Worth, Texas 2016

TVAA Members Show, Dallas, Texas 2016

MOD Artist Gallery, Group Show Dallas, Texas, 2015

Fort Worth Community Art Center, TJAA Juried Show, 2015

TJAA Members Showcase, Dallas, Texas, 2015

TVAA juried Citation Show, Dallas, Texas, 2015

MOD Artist Gallery, Solo Show, Dallas, Texas, 2014, 2015

Texas Jewish Arts Association, Juried Group Show, 2014

MOD Artists Gallery, Group Show, Dallas, Texas, 2014

TVAA: Driven to Abstraction, Group Show, Dallas, Texas, 2014

 

Fort Worth Community Art Center, Texas Jewish Artist Association  group show, 2014

 

Ilume Gallery, Modern Artists Group Show, Dallas, Texas, 2014

 

Murray Covens Contemporary Gallery, Solo Show, Dallas, Texas, 2014

 

TVAA: Collage, Printmaking, and Assemblage, Group show, Dallas 2013, Best in Show

 

Plano Art Association: “Change”, Group Show, Plano, Tx 2013

 

TVAA : In the Eye of the Beholder, Group Show, Dallas 2013, Honorable Mention 

 

Dallas Jewish Historical Society Art Fest, 2013

 

Trinity Grove Art Fest, Dallas, 2013

 

Arthouse at the Jones Center, 5×7 Show, Austin, Houston, Dallas 2013

 

TVAA Juried Citation 2012 Show, Pfamily Arts of Plano Gallery, 2012

 

TVAA Print Making, Collage and Assemblage, Downtown Gallery, 2012

 

Arthouse at the Jones Center, 5×7 Show, Austin, Houston, Dallas 2012

 

Haley-Henman Gallery Group Show, Dallas, TX 2012

 

Arthouse at the Jones Center, 5×7 Show, Austin, Houston, Dallas 2011

 

“Connections,” site-specific installation, Dallas, TX 2011

 

Creative Arts Center Juried Membership Show  Dallas, TX 2011

 

“Favorites and Previews,” Group Show, Haley Henman Gallery Dallas, TX 2011

 

TVAA Gallery “From Blues to Hip Hop,” Dallas, TX 2011

 

The ArtsGallery, “Self Portrait Show” Collin College, Plano, TX 2011

 

Fort Worth Community Arts Center – Juried Show, “Sustaining Artists and their Environment” Fort Worth, TX 2011

 

TVAA Day of the Dead Juried Show, Dallas, TX 2010

 

TVAA Citation Juried National Show, Plano, TX 2010

 

Haley-Henman Gallery Solo Show, Dallas, TX 2010

 

McKinney Avenue Contemporary (MAC) Members Show, Dallas, TX 2010

 

The Chambers Solo Show, Dallas, TX  2010

 

Arthouse at the Jones Center, 5×7 Show, Austin, Houston, Dallas, TX 2010

 

TVAA Non-Objective Group Show, Dallas, TX 2010

 

500 X Gallery Group Show  Dallas, TX  2009

 

TVAA Citation Juried National Show, Plano, TX 2009

 

TVAA Non-Objective Group Show, Dallas, TX  2009

 

Haley Henman Gallery, Group Show, Dallas, TX 2009

 

Arthouse at the Jones Center, 5×7 Show, Austin 2009

 

Winter Show at the Bathhouse Cultural Center, Dallas, TX 2008

 

TVAA Citation Juried National Show, Plano, TX 2008

 

Oldfield Davis Gallery Group Show, Dallas, TX 2008

 

Arthouse at the Jones Center, 5×7 Show, Austin 2008

 

AllSo Gallery, Group Show, Dallas, TX 2007

 

The Arthouse, five x seven, Group Art Splurge & Exhibition, Austin, TX   2007

 

Goodrich Gallery, Drama in Black and White Exhibit, Dallas, TX 2007

 

Dunn and Brown Contemportary, 5 x 7 On the Road Dallas, TX 2006

 

Arthouse, 5 x 7 Show Austin, TX 2006

 

AllSo Gallery, Group Show Dallas, TX 2006

 

AllSo Gallery, Group Show Dallas, TX 2005

 

Read Johnson Contemporary Gallery, Solo Show Santa Fe, NM 2005

 

The Contemporary, Group Show Dallas, TX 2002, 2003, 2004

 

Dallas Visual Art Center, Group Show Dallas, TX 1998, 1999, 2000

 

Arlington Museum of Art, Group Show Arlington, TX 1999, 2000

 

Dallas Museum of Art, Beaux Arts Show Dallas, TX 1998

 

 

 

EDUCATION

 

University of Texas Bachelor of Arts 1963

 

Southern Methodist University, J.D. 1975

 

Napoule Art Foundation, Cannes, France 1995

 

Design Study – John Brookes, Instructor – Sussex, England 1996

 

Institute for American Universities, Marchutz School of Arts 2000

 

Alan Roberts, Instructor – Aix en Provence, France

 

Centre de Formations a la Peinture, Moulin de Perrot 2001, 2002, 2006, 2009, 2011

 

Anne Cleac’h, Jerome Tisserand, Pierre-Henry, and Thibaut de Reimpre, Instructors - 

Gilhac et Bruzac, France

 

Brookhaven Community College – Chung Chu, Instructor 2002

 

The Painting Experience – Molokai, Hawaii  2007, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014

 

Master’s Workshop w/ Robert Burridge 2009

Arroyo Grande, California