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 eighteen years. She is represented at the Meyerovich Gallery in San Francisco. 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

  • Meyerovich Gallery, San Francisco, Ca. 2018
  • Imagination Runs Wild, Solo Show, One River School, Frisco, Tx, 2018
  • The Dot: Contemplating Universal Mysteries, Solo show, Dallas Institute of Humanities, 2017
  • Take a Closer Look, Northaven Garden Gallery, Juried Show, winner 2 prizes, Dallas, Texas 2017
  • ART and Light, Lights Fantastic Pro gallery, Solo Show, Lewisville, Texas 2017
  • PAA Show, Global Reflections, Plano, Texas 2017
  • TVAA Juried Show, Dallas, Texas, 2017
  • Texas Artist Coalition, Juried Show, Ft Worth Community Art Center, 2017
  • 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 2010TVAA 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 2009TVAA 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