Esther Giles | Artist Profile

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Esther Giles was born circa 1946 and grew up in the desert living the traditional nomadic lifestyle. After the death of her father, her family moved to the then newly established government settlement of Papunya. Esther has since returned to live in her country with family members. Like Tjawina Porter, Esther was known for her skills as a traditional basket weaver before becoming recognised for her exceptional painting skills. Her artworks represent the traditional homelands associated with her people's ancestral heritage. Her works are detailed in symbolism.The iconography depicts sand dunes known as "tali" and rock escarpments known as "puli", as well as waterholes and food sources. Her designs are often used in body art during traditional corroborees. The artworks depict the physical markings that the ancient ancestors have provided to give evidence of their activities during the time of creation. In the years that Esther has been painting she has gained worldwide recognition, participating in many national and international solo and group exhibitions. Her works are represented in private and public collections inAustralia, Europe and the USA.


2018 Japingka Gallery2017Praxis Gallery, Adelaide
2017 Deaming Ngurra, Aborginal and Pacific Art, Sydney, NSW
2017 Ng Salon, Tarnanthi Festival, Raft Artspace & Hanging Valley, Praxis Gallery
2017 Ngurra: Home on the Ngaanyatjarri Lands, South Australia Museum Tarnanthi
2017 Desert mob 2017, Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs
2017 Salon De Refuse, Darwin
2017 Tjukurla Tjukurrpa, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney
2017 Raft South Artspace
2016 Desert Mob 2016
2016 Salon Des Refuse
2016 Harvey Art projects, USA
2016 Touring Exhibition Germany - Art Kelch
2015 Tunbridge Gallery
2015 Tunbridge Gallery, Perth
2015 Desert Mob 2015 - Araluen Gallery
2015 NATSIAA 2015 - Museum & Gallery of Northern Territory
2015 Recent works form Tjarlirli Art - RAFT Artspace
2015 Western Desert Mob - Paintings from Tjarlirli and Warakurna - Harvey Art Projects US
2014 Warakurna Artists and Tjarlirli - Vivien Anderson Gallery
2014 Desert Mob 2014
2014 Our Home in Colour - Outstation Gallery
2014 Our Home in Colour - outstation
2014 Living Spirit, Marshall Arts
2013 Ngaanpurinytjulaju Tirtu Palyalpayi - 'We always do it like this' Harvey Arts Project USA
2013 Desert mob 2013 Aruluen Cultural Centre, Alice Springs
2013 The Wild Ones - RAFT Artspace
2012 Way Out West - RAFT Artspace
2012 Watch Me and Learn 0 Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney
2011 Desert Mob 2011, Aruluen Cultural Centre, Alice Springs
2007 Kayili Canvas (collaborative), Perth International Arts Festival, Lawrence Wilson Gallery, UWA, Perth
2007 Kayili Canvas - Power & Beauty: Ingigenous Art Now, heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, VIC
2007 Darwin Art Fair, Darwin, NT
2007 Recent works in association with Kayili Artist, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, VIC
2007 Patjarr Painters, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2007 Kayili Artists, Aboriginal & Pacific Art, Sydney, NSW
2006 Patjarr, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2006 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs, ACT
2006 Kayili Artists, New Works, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, VIC
2006 Kayili Survey Show, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2006 Senior Kayili Artists, Aboriginal & Pacific Art, Sydney, NSW


James McCourt Collection
Kelton Foundation
The Lagerberg-Swift Collection
The Luczo Collection, California
The Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth, Australia
The Corrigan Collection, Sydney, Australia
James McCourt Collection, Australia
Private Collections, Australia and Overseas

Artworks of Esther Giles