Esther Janssen (1976 Maastricht, The Netherlands) is a painter without paint. She uses patent leather to create meticulously crafted, hand sewn paintings of cultivated, stifling and disrupted environments. Her work contains a deeply personal and sometimes conflicting iconography: gloomy houses, evergreens, tidy front yards, entertainment centers, horses and overcast skies. Recurring themes in her work are the thin lines between authenticity and reproduction, control and chaos, humor and ugliness, the profane and the sacred.
Esther received a BFA (Cum Laude) from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2000. Her work has been shown by Cokkie Snoei gallery in various exhibitions and international Art Fairs. In 2008 Esther had her first international solo exhibition in Florence, Italy. In 2012 she had her first solo retrospective at Gemeentemuseum Helmond, The Netherlands. Esther has three times received grants from the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture. Esther has also been active as an art teacher at the Fotovakschool in Rotterdam and as a guest teacher at The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.