• Esther Stewart

Esther Stewart presents Painted Ladies, depicting two architecturally scaled awnings, the sizes of which are based on the window dimensions of the artist's domestic apartment from the largest in the living room, scaling down in relation to the bathroom. These awning paintings are retractable, allowing movement and variation across the installation and referencing readymade architectural adornment.

As a young Australian artist, Stewart’s work sits productively and often ambiguously between painting, sculpture, architecture and public art, exploring the myriad possibilities offered by the visual languages of geometric abstraction, design and decoration. Stewart is completing her architectural studies and collaborates with other architects and craftspeople to extend the spatial and material possibilities within her practice. Stewart previously showed her ‘bedspreads’ in the exhibition Double 54″ x 74″ at Two Rooms in 2015 in conjunction with John Nixon’s exhibition.

Painted Ladies was originally commissioned for the exhibition Like a Wheel That Turns at ACCA, Melbourne in 2022. Courtesy of the artist, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney and STATION, Melbourne.

Read the accompanying essay by Amelia Winata, Painted Ladies: Esther Stewart’s Propositional Architecture, here.

Opening Hours

  • Tuesday – Friday 11am – 5pm
  • Saturday 11am – 3pm


  • 16 Putiki Street
  • Auckland 1021