2016 - Esther Shohet

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Esther was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1962. She grew up with a passion for drawing and painting from a very young age.

Originally gaining qualifications in Fashion Design, in the early 80's she travelled to London to pursue her career. After 2 years of the industry in London, she decided to follow her heart and study art.  With a love for travelling also sparked, Esther moved on to Paris, France to complete a 3 year course in Graphic Arts. She then returned to Australia and worked as a Graphic Designer for 2 years.

Her travel interests were once again aroused and she moved onto Japan. It was there that Esther really commenced her painting career. Inspired by the silks used in Kimono making, she started to paint on silk using a method very similar to Batik. The vibrant colours and the movement in her paintings evoke a sense of fun and happiness.

Her work has been exhibited in Japan, Singapore, the United States and Australia. She has won several awards in Japan and has had extensive coverage by the Japanese media, including radio and television.
After the birth of her second child and 10 years in Japan, Esther decided to return to Australia. Tasmania provides the perfect environment for her children as well as endless inspiration with its heritage and natural beauty.