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wild garden

wild garden
20th October - 27th November 2021

We are delighted to present this first solo exhibition at Doubtfire by award winning artist Esther Donaldson. "The garden for me is a place of solace, refuge and sanctuary, almost like a temple to plant and wild life. It has witnessed the brevity of life, the joy and transience of beauty, the daily toil, death and re-birth, the seasons of life.” Esther’s work makes reference to the seasons and stages of wild beauty in our gardens and countryside. Her work is becoming increasingly referential, with flamboyant and abstract treatments inviting the viewer's participation and providing a glimpse of the creative journey.


Exhibition Pics

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Esther Donaldson

Based in Port Seton, Esther’s recent work is based on gardens, a colourful cultivation of rich and sometimes exotic plant patterns, very much in vogue in contemporary interiors. “My work is based on trying to reflect the brevity of life, beauty, toil, energy, death and rebirth that is observed in the cycle of life within the garden.”

Her painting is becoming increasingly more referential and not entirely realistic, inviting the viewer's participation and hopefully giving glimpses into the life, toil, death and rebirth of the creative journey.

“In practice I enjoy layering paint, building up rich and varied colours, striving to capture the light and character of the familiar and unfamiliar places I visit.”

Esther Donaldson is a Scottish artist who, since graduating from Edinburgh College of art in 1993, has exhibited and sold work regularly in galleries across Britain, including the Royal Scottish Academy, Society of Scottish Artists, RSW the RBA, Mall Galleries and the Royal Academy summer exhibition 2019, where her work was selected to be in the Academicians’ favourites list. Her work was also selected by the Royal Academy and Celebrities for the ING Discerning Eye exhibition in 2020.

In 2019, she was elected as a professional member of SSA. She was awarded the ‘House for an Art Lover Award’ in the RSW at the RSA in 2018 and has received a VACM Award from East Lothian Council in 2020.