Esther Schlebos

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Esther Schlebos



Esther Schlebos (1967) lives in Buinerveen, in the Northeastern part of The Netherlands. 

After a carriere as an entrepeneur I started studying painting in 2013 at The Classical Academy for Fine Arts in Groningen. In 2019 I was graduated and awarded the Prix de Norvège for her graduationseries.

I am a figurative painter and insprired by big boulders, rocks, lichen, sand structures and monumental trees. With very pasty oilpaint and lots of layers I try to interprets the microworld on the surfaces of rocks and trees. Because all layers of oilpaint work is very labor intensive and time consuming.

First I make several pleinair sketches in grafite and oilpaint onsite and when in my studio I work out these images. It’s not my intention to copy exactly what I see but interpret a microworld that is full of layers, of colors and different textures. I like to encounter the subjects that I paint as if they were models, with character and full of stories.

I like to challenge people to look more closely and I lure them into this magical world of stones, trees, lichen and sand.


Art related education:

  • 2018 – 2019, Master education (Vocational Artist and Painting), Classical Academy of Fine Arts, Groningen
  • 2014 – 2017, 3 year’s Basic education (Painting), Classical Academy of Fine Arts, Groningen
  • 2013, Evening school Classical Academy of Fine Arts, Groningen


Workshops & Masterclasses


  • August 2019, Study trip Prix de Norvège, Norway 
  • July 2019, Masterclass Robert Liberace, Flemish Classical Academy, Brugge Belgium
  • August 2018, masterclass Henk Helmantel
  • August 2018, masterclass Sam Drukker
  • July 2018, workshop Pleinair Painting, Florence Academy of Art, Florence Italy
  • August 2017, Masterclass Jan van der Kooi
  • June 2017, Masterclass Jeremy Lipking, Mheer 
  • August 2016, Masterclass Svetlana Tartakovska, Groningen
  • May 2016, Masterclass Peter Durieux, Ardèche, France
  • August 2014 Summerschool Classical Academy of Fine Arts, Groningen

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