About

Ester Pugliese

Ester Pugliese is a Canadian artist whose work can be found in private and public collections in North America and Europe. A graduate of York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Specialized Honours) in painting and drawing, Pugliese is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships including the Canadian Italian Business & Professional Association Scholarship from the BCI Bank of Italy, and the Humber College Board of Governors Achievement Award with her post-graduate certificate in Arts Administration/Cultural Management. She undertook an intensive year of self-directed research and studio work in the prestigious BA Fine Art Program at Leeds University in England through York International’s exchange program, culminating in a public degree show at the renowned Yorkshire Sculpture Park in West Bretton.

Her works have been acquired by the Donovan Collection, Microsoft and a number of private collectors. Her exhibitions have been reviewed in the Globe and Mail, featured on ArtSync TV and included as a destination in the 2012 Canadian Art Gallery Hop. Her 2017 solo show at Loop Gallery in Toronto’s Dundas West area was profiled by Artoronto.ca, Create-Magazine.com, artistsinspireartists.com and eatsleepdraw.com and was included in Now Magazine’s and Canadian Art Magazine’s Must-See Lists. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, the Joseph D. Carrier Gallery and the MacLaren Arts Centre. Pugliese has exhibited with loop Gallery since 2009, and is represented by Gallery 555 in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood and Partial Gallery, an online art rental & sales service.

Pugliese’s multilayered mixed media paintings employ a coral reef aesthetic to reimagine Vanitas still life painting with a contemporary sense of immersive space while exploring the irreconcilable nature of our culture’s materialistic urges and our desire to protect the natural world we live in.

 

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

2017

Art Gallery of Mississauga, ’14th Annual Fine Art Auction,’ Mississauga, Canada

Capital One North York Office, ‘A Natural Complex,’ curated by Kelly McKenzie, Toronto, Canada

Gallery 555, Toronto, Canada

TA2 Sound & Music, Toronto, Canada

2018

Loop Gallery, March 3 – 25, 2018, Toronto, Canada


Selected Solo & Two-Person Exhibitions

2017

Loop Gallery, ‘Measured Calm’, Toronto, Canada

2013

Loop Gallery, ‘Disfluency and Delay’, Toronto, Canada

2012

Loop Gallery, ‘False Relations and Fractions’, Toronto, Canada

2011

Loop Gallery, ‘Empirical Spaces’, Toronto, Canada

2008

AWOL Gallery, ‘hush’, Toronto, Canada

2001

Eleanor Winter’s Gallery, ‘bonds/boundaries/barriers: resonance’, York University, Toronto, Canada (collaboration with Owen Gillham & Eleanor Woodger)

AWOL Gallery, ‘thresh`hold: an interactive sight & sound installation’, Toronto, Canada (collaboration with ~dac collective)

2000

Arthur Haberman Gallery, ‘bonds/boundaries/barriers’, York University, Toronto, Canada

1999

IDA Gallery, ‘press play…’, York University, Toronto, Canada (collaboration with Mariangela Piccione)

Samuel J. Zacks Gallery, ‘in fable’, York University, Toronto, Canada

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017

MacLaren Art Centre, ‘Benefactor Art Exchange’, Barrie, Canada

Propeller Gallery, ‘Live Longer, Piss Off Your Heirs,’ curated by Olga Korper and Taiga Lipson, Toronto, Canada

2016

Station Gallery, ‘Glimpse’ juried by Kelly McCray, Steven Schwartz and Shelagh Stewart, Whitby, Canada

Forest City Gallery, ‘Keepers’, London, Canada

Loop Gallery, ‘Sweet Summer Sixteen’, Toronto, Canada

2009

AWOL Gallery, ‘Square Foot’, Toronto, Canada

2008

AWOL Gallery, ‘Square Foot’, Toronto, Canada

2007 

Junction Arts Festival, ‘flock’, Toronto, Canada

AWOL Gallery, ‘Square Foot’, Toronto, Canada

2006

AWOL Gallery, ‘Salon Style Studio Sale’, Toronto, Canada

AWOL Gallery, ‘Square Foot’, Toronto, Canada

C1 Art Space, ‘Christmas Show & Sale’, Toronto, Canada

2005

C1 Art Space, ‘Christmas Show & Sale’, Toronto, Canada

Latitude 44 Gallery, ‘Woman and her Destiny’, Toronto, Canada

AWOL Gallery, ‘Square Foot’, Toronto, Canada

2004

AWOL Gallery, ‘Square Foot’, Toronto, Canada

2003

Distillery District, ‘Outdoor Exhibition and Sale’, Toronto, Canada

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Canada

AWOL Gallery, ‘Square Foot’, Toronto, Canada

Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, ‘Identità’, Columbus Centre, Toronto, Canada

2002

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, ‘Identità’, Brantford, Canada

Circa Gallery, ‘Form’, Toronto, Canada

Distillery District, ‘Art for Art’s Sake Outdoor Exhibition and Sale’, Toronto, Canada

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Canada

2001 

Junction Arts Festival, Toronto, Canada

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Canada

Khrome, ‘an exercise in resonance & futility’, Toronto, Canada

York University, ’4th Year Open House: Reverberate’, Toronto, Canada

Eleanor Winters Gallery, ‘Click Play’, York University, Toronto, Canada

Eleanor Winters Gallery, ‘Unknown’, York University, Toronto, Canada

York University, ‘Sight & Sound Installation’, Toronto, Canada

2000

Bending Spoons Gallery, ‘A Family Affair’, Toronto, Canada

Leeds University, Bretton Hall College, ‘Degree Exhibition: bonds/boundaries/barriers’, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, UK

1998

Junction Arts Festival, ‘Canal: body corridor’, Toronto, Canada (collaboration with Mariangela Piccione)

1997

Junction Arts Festival, ‘Femme: Level Two’, Toronto, Canada

Fine Arts Building, ‘nightmares for everyone’, York University, Toronto, Canada

1996

Vacant building, ‘Recent Works By Sixteen Young Artists’, Toronto, Canada

Etobicoke School of the Arts, OAC Exhibit, Diploma Exhibition, Toronto, Canada

 

Awards

2004

Board of Governors Achievement Award, Humber College

Academic Award of Excellence, Humber College

2001

Continuing Student Scholarship, York University

1999

Canadian Italian Business & Professional Association Scholarship, BCI Bank of Italy

Susan Mann Award for Academic Exchange, York International

Tuition Scholarship for Academic Exchange, York International

1996

Vicki Greenberg Art Award, Etobicoke School of the Arts

OAC, Visual Art Scholarship Award, Etobicoke Board of Education

1994

Photography Achievement Award, Etobicoke School of the Arts