Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries Count Down – Esther Nienhuis

Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries Count Down – Esther Nienhuis

Enter your work to the Aesthetica Art Prize today, as we have reached the deadline for registration. Committed to nurturing new and existing talent, the Aesthetica Art Prize is a fantastic opportunity for both budding and established artists to showcase their work to a wider, international audience. Now in its sixth year the competition is a celebration of visual art, inviting artists to submit imaginative and innovative work that pushes the boundaries of their chosen medium.

Esther Nienhuis, longlisted artist in last year’s Prize, centres her practice around the desire to be elsewhere. She approaches the concept of unfulfilled desire as a condition in which Heimweh (longing for the known) and Fernweh (longing for the unknown) intertwine.

In her painting Saudade, which gives a view from behind the rain-covered windscreen of a car, the boundary becomes a physical one. Thick drops dance over the screen and deform the view, separating the here from elsewhere; the film of water and the reflection of the sun on the otherwise invisible glass partly deforming the view. In this way, the screen both uncovers the world that is longed for, but excludes it at the same time so the boundary between both worlds coincides with the canvas of the painting.

Born in 1977, Nienhuis studied Fine Arts at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. Her painting is figurative and often follows her own photographic work. Nienhuis’ work has been exhibited in Europe, the USA, Canada, Asia and Australia. In 2011 she won the Dutch Art Prize Gasunie Kunstprijs.

Register your entry for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2013 by 1 September. Visit:

1. Esther Nienhuis, Saudade. Aesthetica