ABOUT TRACEY ESTEVES
Australian Artist Tracey Esteves was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Tracey spent her childhood exploring the suburbs of Sydney developing a love and understanding of Aussie Culture and Iconography. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Art Education (City Art Institute) currently COFA in 1985, Tracey has been a practicing artist since 1982 and has also spent the last 30 years working full time as an Art Teacher in a prominent Boys High School specialising in painting and art theory and having held the following roles from 1991-2017 as Visual Arts Coordinator and 2018 – 2019 Creative and Performing Arts Coordinator.
In May 2018 Tracey held her first exhibition at Katoomba Gallery 108 where for the first time she was able to showcase her unique style to art enthusiasts. Her first exhibition was hailed a success where she sold many artworks to collectors. Internationally acclaimed Australian artist Johnny Romeo, remarked at the opening of that exhibition “Her subject matter is distinctly Australian….the audience instantly recognises it….it’s part of our DNA.”
At the opening of Tracey’s fifth solo exhibition, renowned art curator and gallery owner Francis Keevil introduced Tracey as having “ a bold, iconographic style which makes her a distinctly recognisable artist in the Australian contemporary art space. Tracey uniquely combines elements of Pop Art, Formalism and Post-Modernism in her iconographic work. Expect bold colours, defining lines and characteristic stylisation in her latest exhibition." Frances Keevil Gallery Double Bay
Following her solo exhibitions and with the impetus of its success Tracey’s work began to flourish and her style continues to develop leaving in its wake a reputation for individual style and cultural representation. As she further explains:-
"Inspired by truly Aussie culture, I use images that evoke emotions connecting feelings one has when identifying with being uniquely aussie. Each artwork is an honest, authentic and sometimes comedic representation of bygone eras from the Aussie cultural landscape. I want the viewer to be immersed in iconography from yesterday juxtaposed against the progression of today. My colours are bright, welcoming and draw you in to an otherwise forgotten landscape of childhood memories of times past and lost forever in the emergence of progress. Using a variety of mixed media, I use the power of outline to enhance each element in my work drawing the viewer ever closer.
I am a proactive and passionate visual artist, a “mixer “and “producer “of figurative culturally Australian inspired works. My artwork references Australian history, and iconography and explores the varying relationships between popular culture and fine art. My work appropriates, produces and mixes images from popular Australian culture which merge high and low art, and explore colour and shape. It captures the viewer providing a sense of familiarity and enchantment within my culturally Australian inspired works. I have a preoccupation with the formal elements of surface, space, pattern, and colour, and an intellectual interest in exploring place, narrative and identity. My artworks reflect elements of pop art, of post-modern appropriation, of formalism, and an appreciation of texture, line, colour and shape”.