Biography

Born in 1982 in London, UK
Lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Esiri Erheriene-Essi is predominately a painter of mid to large-scale paintings concerned with figuration, history and society. She is captivated by history – in particular, images, objects, and documents which we can return to, in order to examine both individual and shared memories and histories. A large part of her practice entails collecting and creating an archive, which could potentially become incorporated into her work. Archives are important to the artist as they create links and orders that she can question and play with – she searches for the discrepancies, the silences, in order to, through painting, create interruptions and assaults on the canonical historical narrative. With hindsight, bias and curiosity, she takes these discordances and brings them up to the surface. Erheriene-Essi continuously re-edits the narratives with the hope of robbing history of some of its tyrannical power by creating new scenarios. Or rather, she is incessantly attempting to imagine more humane and liberating narratives than what has gone before. In the process she perhaps slightly changes our readings of history and thereby shows how we write the present.

In her work, Erheriene-Essi makes many references to popular culture, because popular culture is profoundly mythic and loaded. The canvases she makes are a theatre of popular desires and fantasies, where we all can discover and play with the process of identification. These ‘theatrical scenes’ show the imagined as well as the underrepresented, not only to the viewer but also to the artist herself. The paintings ‘play’ in their own way – they are telling a story, even though the scenes have no beginning, middle or end – they are cut off mid flow, out of context, are frozen, silent and still. Yet they have ‘sound’ as if they are performing and want to be heard. The audience is continuously invited to watch as well as to try and decipher the haphazard plot in which characters are encased in. The good thing about performing on canvas is that anything is possible – and that is what intrigues Erheriene-Essi the most.

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CV

General

Born in 1982 in London, UK
Lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Education

  • 2007-2009 Post-graduate Institute, De Ateliers, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2004-2006 MA (with Merit) Fine Art, University of East London, London, UK
  • 2001-2004 BA (Hons) Media Studies, University of East London, London, UK
  • 2000-2001 Camberwell College of Art (foundation), London, UK

Exhibitions

  • 2020 (Upcoming) Galerie Ron Mandos booth, Armory Show, New York, NY, USA
  • 2019 Prix de Rome 2019, The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL
    Your Voice Matters, Museum Arnhem (De Kerk), Arnhem, NL
  • 2018 The dogs bark, but the caravan goes on(solo), Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
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  • 2017 ZOALS JIJ EN IK (LIKE YOU AND ME), Art Chapel, Amsterdam, NL
    What’s New, Acquisitions, Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, NL
  • 2016 What We Have Overlooked, Framer Framed, Amsterdam, NL
    ROEMERS DRIELING (III),De Nieuwe Bibliotheek Almere, Almere, NL
    ROEMERS DRIELING (II), Bibliotheek Den Haag, The Hague, NL
    Roemers Drieling in Nieuwspoort, International Press Centre Nieuwspoort, The Hague, NL
  • 2015 Museumnacht 2015 – “Parallel Stories – The Whistleblower and the Dreamcatcher”, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, NL
    ROEMERS DRIELING, Centrum voor Beeldende Kunst, Amsterdam, NL
    The Usual Suspects (solo), Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
    Art Amsterdam 2015, Galerie  Ron Mandos booth, Amsterdam, NL
    ‘Levenslang’, het criminele brein ontleed, museum Het Dolhuys, Haarlem, NL
    ZIJ WAS EENS… TETEM Kunstruimte, Enschede, NL
  • 2014 Don’t Support the Greedy (solo), Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, NL
    ‘Levenslang’, het criminele brein ontleed, museum Het Dolhuys, Haarlem, NL
  • 2013 Open Studio, Nordisk Kunstnarsenter Dalsåsen, Dale i Sunnfjord, Norway
    Amsterdam Drawing 2013, Stichting Nieuwe Dakota, Amsterdam, NL
    Jättekatastrof, Mitt Möllan, Malmö, Sweden
  • 2012 Open Studio, Nordisk Kunstnarsenter Dalsåsen, Dale, Norway
    Big Show 7, Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY, USA
  • 2011 PERFORMANCE (solo), Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
    De Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs 2011, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, NL
    What’s New 2, Acquisitions, Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, NL
  • 2010 VOLTA6, Ron Mandos booth, Basel, Switzerland
    What’s New, Acquisitions, Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, NL
    Art Rotterdam, Ron Mandos booth, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2009 I Don’t Like Nostalgia Unless it’s Mine (solo), Galerie Ron Mandos, Rotterdam, NL
    Offspring, De Ateliers, Amsterdam, NL
    Koninklijke Prijs voor de Vrije Schilderkunst (Royal Awards for Painting) (1st Prize), Koninklijk Paleis, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2008 Test (solo), De Ateliers, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2007 Art In Mind, The Brick Lane Gallery, London, England
    Disposable Fetish, Bow Arts Trust, London, England
  • 2006 Memory & the Stream of Time, APT Gallery, London, England
    Final Exhibition, UEL MA Fine Art, London, England
    Student Show, UEL AVA, London, England
  • 2005Works On Paper, RK Burk Gallery, London, England
    End of year show, UEL AVA, London, England

Residencies & Awards

  • 2019Nominee for Prix de Rome 2019
  • 2017Development Budget, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, The Netherlands
  • 2016Werkbijdrage Bewezen Talent, Mondriaan Fonds, The Netherlands
  • 2013Mondriaan Fonds, (Investment project Artist) The Netherlands
    Nordic Kunstnarsenter Dalsåsen, Dale, Norway (residency)
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  • 2012 Nordic Kunstnarsenter Dalsåsen, Dale, Norway (residency)
    Fonds BKVB, (Work Budget), The Netherlands
  • 2011 Fonds BKVB, (Work Budget), The Netherlands
  • 2010Starter Stipendium, Fonds BKVB, NL
  • 2009Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst, Amsterdam, NL

Collections

Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, NL
Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, NL,
Drake Collection, Wassenaar, NL
Private collections in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Iceland, the United States, Belgium, South Africa and Switzerland

Publications

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  • 2013 De Volkskrant newspaper NL, 19/09/2013, Kunst: Drawing Amsterdam, p 22
  • 2012 “Uitgelicht: Schilderkunst in Nederland: Generatie 2.0”, Braat, Manon, Kunstbeeld, nr. 5, 2012, p. 42
  • 2011“Amsterdam”, Elephant: The Arts & Visual Culture Magazine, issue 8, Autumn 2011, p 184
    De Volkskrant newspaper, NL 18/02/2011 http://www.volkskrant.nl/beeldende-kunst/over-esiri-erherienne-essi-ik-houd-van-haar-commentaar~a1869945/
  • 2010“New Talent”, Blend, van der Does, Bieneke, issue 47, jan/feb 2010, p 102, NL
  • 2009 (Catalogus), Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst, 2009, p 14-17, NL
    Offspring 2009, Amsterdam, De Ateliers, p 33 – 40, NL
    ‘Signalement: Esiri Erheriene-Essi’, Spijkerman, Sandra, Kunstbeeld, nr. 12/1, pp 34-37

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