Esther Leigh – Idle Fleet

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1989   Bachelor of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University

1992   Master of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts


Selected Exhibitions

2000   September, Esther Leigh and Katherine McCool, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland

2001   The Contingency of Vision, curated by Peter Shand, The Suter, Nelson

2001   Interior Horizons, curated by Elizabeth Leydon, Te Tuhi The Mark, Auckland

2002   January, The Contingency of Vision, Te Tuhi The Mark, Auckland

2003   April, Women Abstractionists, Te-Wa Gallery, Wanganui

2003   October, Solo Show, Gallery Romerapotheke, Zurich

2005   November, Te Tuhi Gallery, Iris Fischer Award, Winner

2005   July, Drawings Out of Exile, Te Tuhi Gallery, Auckland

2006   October, Solo Show, RogerWilliams Contemporary, Auckland

2007   February, Waikato Society of Arts, Merit Award, Hamilton

2008   June, CoCA, Anthony Harper Art award

2008   December, 64Zero3, Group Show, Christchurch

2009   June, Antoinette Godkin Gallery, 4 Artists, Auckland

2009   August, Snowwhite Gallery, Into the Wilderness, Unitec, Auckland

2010   February, Hamilton Gardens, WSA Painting and Printmaking Award- Supreme Award Winner

2010   August, Antoinette Godkin Gallery, Idle Fleet, Solo Show, Auckland

2012   February, Running on Pebbles, curated by Allan Smith, Snakepit Gallery, Auckland

2012   May, Group Show, Antoinette Godkin Gallery, Auckland

2013   February, Open Edition, Hastings City Art Gallery, Hastings
2017   August, Esther Leigh, Britt Alpe, Antoinette Godkin Gallery, Auckland



Selected Publications

Slide Show, essay John Hurrell, Govett Brewster Art Gallery, May 1999

Monique Jansen and Esther Leigh, essay Natassha Conland, June 2000

The Contingency of Vision, Peter Shand, 2001

Out of the Dark, essay J Clarke, ASA Gallery publication, 2002

Interior Horizons: Art on the Verge of Architecture and Design, E Leydon, 2003

Esther Leigh, Gallery Romerapotheke, Zurich, 2003


Selected Reviews

Blurry Abstractions Confound and Seduce the Eye, William McAloon

Sunday Star Times, 2 July 2000

Seeing is not Always Believing, Graeme Stradling

The Nelson Mail, 5 September 2001

Boxed Light Outside the Frame, John Hurrell, Artbash, October 2006

 4 Artists, John Hurrell, eyeCONTACT, John Hurrell, July 2009

Gorman and Leigh, eyeCONTACT, John Hurrell, August 2009

Idle Fleet, eyeCONTACT, John Hurrell, August 2010

Running on Pebbles, eyeContact, John Hurrell, February 2013


Selected Articles

Visualising with Mr Bean, Wendy Grace Dawson, Art New Zealand, Autumn 2002

Sea Through Wall, John Hurrell, Art New Zealand, Autumn 2007