News

April 30, 2018:
Two paintings are now part of Capital One’s corporate art collection! They will be installed at their new head office opening in June 2018 at 161 Bay Street, Toronto, Canada

March 6, 2018:
Exhibition at Bending Spoons Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Show dates: March 6 to April 6, 2018

November 16, 2017:
Featured on www.thegatheredgallery.com, a Canadian database/blog

October 11, 2017:
Participating in the 3rd annual Why the @#$! Do You Paint 2017 exhibition at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, Canada
Show dates: October 11 to November 26, 2017

October 18, 2017:
Diptych purchased by a television crew, details TBA when the episode airs next year!

September 29, 2017:
Participating in the Carmichael Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed exhibition curated by Scott Sawtell and Renee van der Avoird at the Orillia Museum of Art and History
Show dates: September 29 to November 26, 2017

September 19, 2017:
Group show, Anxious Space: An Offsite Exhibition presented by Loop Gallery and curated by Salena Barry at 50 Edwin Avenue, Toronto, Canada
Show dates: September 19 to 22, 2017

July 13, 2017:
Selected for the Summer Issue #4 of ArtMaze Magazine, by guest juror Cheyanne Sauter, the Executive Director of Art Share LA. Pre-orders available at www.artmazemag.com

July 12, 2017:
Work from my hush series featured on www.freshcontemporary.net

July 6, 2017:
Group show, Day Trip, at Gallery 555 mentioned on CanadianArt.com’s Must-Sees list

June 10, 2017:
Three new works in a group exhibition, titled Day Trip, at Gallery 555, Toronto, Canada.
Show dates: June 10 to July 11, 2017

May 15, 2017:
Two paintings exhibited at the TA2 Sound + Music recording studio on Ossington, Toronto, Canada

April 27, 2017:
One painting (Lot #1) in the Art Gallery of Mississauga’s Annual Live Auction with auctioneer Stephen Ranger

April 25, 2017:
Now being represented by Gallery 555 in the Annex neighbourhood in Toronto, Canada

April 12, 2017:
Participating in a group exhibition at Capital One North York Office, titled A Natural Complex curated by Kelly McKenzie, Toronto, Canada
Show dates: April 12 to July 30, 2017

March 22, 2017:
One painting in a show curated by Olga Korper and Taiga Lipson titled, Live Longer, Piss Off Your Heirs at Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
Show dates: March 22 to April 2, 2017

March 8, 2017:
Two paintings in the Benefactor Art Exchange Program at the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie, Canada.
Show dates: March 8 to 22, 2017.

February 13, 2017:
Solo show at Loop Gallery (Toronto, Canada) was reviewed on www.artoronto.ca

February 12, 2017:
Featured on www.artistsinspireartists.com

February 9, 2017:
Work is now available through Partial Gallery, a Toronto art rental and sales service specializing in curated works by Toronto artists.

February 3, 2017:
Featured on www.eatsleepdraw.com

February 1, 2017:
Measured Calm at Loop Gallery (Toronto, Canada) was featured in the Bloor West Villager newspaper

January 26, 2017:
Measured Calm at Loop Gallery was mentioned in the Must-Sees list on CanadianArt.ca

January 26, 2017:
Measured Calm show at Loop Gallery listed in Now Magazine’s Must-See Shows list

January 28, 2017:
Solo show, Measured Calm, at Loop Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Show Dates: January 28 to February 19, 2017

Channeling diverse influences ranging from endangered species and cut flower arrangements, to children’s amusements and Italian folk music, Pugliese’s new mixed media paintings capture the fleeting quality of life. By suffusing abstracted swathes of colour with carefully drawn details and a coral reef aesthetic, the works ask viewers to untangle dense layers and find relationships in seemingly disparate imagery. Geometric shapes resembling building blocks threaten to swallow carefully rendered details of plants, suggesting their likely demise through the agency of human progress. However, rather than obliterating the natural living things, these geometric shapes appear to be replicating themselves – learning how to grow alongside the natural world.

Measured Calm explores the relationship between the enjoyment evoked by the sensuous depiction of a subject and a conflicting moral message, a concept inspired by the still life, or “vanitas”, paintings of the Netherlands in the 16th and 17th centuries. This is akin to the artist’s breathless lust when she enters a flower shop and imagines composing an arrangement drawn from the exquisite living things contained within. With such an assortment of blooms – common, rare and possibly endangered – she must contain her desire to have them all. It seems that in today’s world, when we scrutinize our base, often materialistic, urges we inevitably confront our morals.

December 3, 2016:
Group show Glimpse at Station Gallery in Whitby, Canada
Show dates: December 3, 2016 to January 29, 2017

December 2, 2016:
Participated in a fundraising exhibition Keepers at Forest City Gallery in London, Canada
Show dates: December 2 to 13, 2016

July 13, 2016:
Group show titled Sweet Summer 16 at Loop Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Show dates: July 13 to 24, 2016

April 27, 2013
Solo exhibition Disfluency and Delay at Loop Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Show dates: April 27 to May 19, 2013

The mixed media works in Disfluency and Delay consider the human inclination to adjust outward appearances, illustrating this tendency with contrasting examples from nature. Each work presents audio graphs of impromptu performances culled from YouTube videos, layered with audio spectrograms of natural events (glacial collisions, ice fractures, earthquakes), sculptural forms implying air movement, and charted output and capacity data from Ontario’s wind farms.

September 22, 2012
Hosted a tour for the Canadian Art Foundation’s Toronto Gallery Hop at my solo exhibition False Relations and Fractions at Loop Gallery, Toronto, Canada

TOUR: September 22, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.; meet at Art Metropole, 1490 Dundas St. W.
Meet artist, critic and Canadian Art contributor Sholem Krishtalka at Art Metropole’s window for a tour of Dundas St. W. galleries, including a discussion at Jessica Bradley Inc. between Canada’s representative at the 2013 Venice Biennale Shary Boyle and Toronto Star art critic and Canadian Art contributor Murray Whyte.

2012 Art Hop Dundas St. W. Tour itinerary:
1. VSVSVS (Art Metropole, 1490 Dundas St. W.)
2. Shary Boyle (Jessica Bradley Inc., 1450 Dundas St. W.)
3. David R. Harper (MKG127, 1445 Dundas St. W.)
4. Linda Heffernan & Ester Pugliese (Loop Gallery, 1273 Dundas St. W.)
5. Mitsuo Kimura (LE Gallery, 1183 Dundas St. W.)
6. Maya Hayuk & Jacob Ciocci (COOPER COLE, 1161 Dundas St. W.)

September 1, 2012
Solo exhibition False Relations and Fractions at Loop Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Show dates: September 1 to 23, 2012

The mixed media works in False Relations and Fractions offer up an arrangement of incongruous image pairings and split second variations that layer cultural references, natural elements and imagined realities. Roofs of Toronto houses open up to reveal ephemeral hierarchies; output graphs from Ontario’s wind power facilities intertwine with musical notation spectrograms of Italian madrigals; and groupings of fragile objects invite closer inspection.

July 21, 2012
Group show titled Collective Vision at Loop Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Show dates: July 21 to August 12, 2012

July 17, 2011
Work featured in the ArtSync Book Project, Conversations 2010-11 Season, with interview by Tali Dudin

April 10, 2011
Work acquired by the Donovan Collection at the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto

April 9, 2011
Review written by R.M. Vaughan in the Globe and Mail on my solo exhibition at Loop Gallery, Toronto, Canada

March 25, 2011
ArtSync TV filmed an interview at my exhibition opening at Loop Gallery, airing March 25, 2011 on Rogers TV, Cable 10, Toronto, Canada

March 19, 2011
Solo exhibition Empirical Spaces at Loop Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Show dates: March 19 to April 10, 2011

Ester Pugliese’s Empirical Spaces is a series of mixed media paintings/drawings, which outline architectural / theatrical spaces and observations of the built and natural world, using sound and hearing as points of reference. The works identify spaces in which sounds resonate readily. The underlying abstract forms in these works are like internal organic structures. The outlines that float above the abstract ground are representations of Italian theatres, opera houses and church layouts. The layers present a challenge to the eye to perform in a way similar to the way our ears can discern a chosen sound amidst a din. Constructing a mental picture of each outline engages one’s short term visual memory.