Estelle Asmodelle’s art career has spanned many decades and many countries, yet my style has remained the same. My abstract expressionism work has evolved as a result of all the influences in my life.
I have been painting all my life. I grew up as a small child painting with my mother from the age of 4. I always won art school prizes, always. I even entered a major country exhibition at the age of almost 10 and won the ‘best new talent’ award. I sold my first work at 10.
However, from 1976 when I first went to university and studied towards a theoretical physics degree, I moved deep into abstraction with my art and have been there ever since. The more abstract the work, the more ideas and concepts I can put into the abstract form. I like to mix my feelings with abstract ideas, and express them together in the work.
My first solo exhibition was at Wollongong Regional Art Gallery (now called the Wollongong City Gallery WCG) and it was entitled, ‘The 26 Cent Exhibition,‘ for people were required to pay 26 cents to enter, while each work cost a total of 26 cents to create. This eccentric show led to many group shows in the region and also in Sydney at art departments within various universities, most notably at the Sydney University Art Department.
During my varied career, I continued to paint and exhibit large canvas works, using synthetic polymer which became the preferred method. In the early 90’s I moved to Japan to live and work and soon afterwards exhibited at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum TMAM as part of the ‘UNESCO International Friendship Exhibition’ in 1991. This led to commissions, usually from Japanese firms, for her work. During this period I also started the ‘Tokyo Eki (train station) Exhibition,’ displaying and selling work in Shinjuku, Ikebukuro and Tokyo train stations as a permanent exhibition, while contributing in group shows within Tokyo’s art galleries in Ginza, Shibuya and Ueno.
In mid-1994, I returned to Australia and participated in group shows and exhibited work in painted and video form. Most notably at the First Draft gallery. I continued to exhibit in Los Angeles, in particular as a regular contributor at the Los Angeles Center For Digital Art (LACDA).
From 2008 I started showing my work in solo exhibitions in Sydney, most notably at the Global Gallery GG, Gig Gallery GG and several others. I also ran solo exhibitions in regional towns in country NSW, from Berrima to Scone, especially at Artemis Gallery. From 2010 I continued to show and sell work through group exhibitions, including shows with the Redfern Artist Group RAG, of which I’m a member.
Several of my abstract canvas works reside in private collections in Japan and Australia. While the larger body of the canvas work has been sold to private individuals, some businesses in Japan and the US have also purchased such work.
In 2010 I published my first art book, “Transience,” (On Amazon) a collection of canvas work created over a period of 20 years, which is thematically ordered. In 2012 I provided images for a music video which won best music video in the Australia Independent Music Video Awards 2012.
I have studied towards degrees in maths and theoretical physics, and more recently I completed a degree in astrophysics and I am currently in the middle of my honours dissertation. I am also scheduled to become a PhD candidate in June of 2017. All in physics.
Yet the irony of all this study and work is that my way of expressing my ideas, visions, and concepts is through ART! I prefer abstract work to express myself, sometimes the subject of my art is very ordinary things, sometimes it’s mathematical, or to do with the universe. In any case, most of my work is in the genre of abstractionism or abstract expressionism.
The Art Blog recently did a piece on me, “Estelle Asmodelle | Physics and abstract expressionism.”
To me Art is truly transcendent, especially abstract art, one can convey a feeling or idea in a way that is superior to language, to me it is similar to mathematics, in so far as some ideas elude language while they are perfectly at home in the realm of abstract mathematics.
Another art book is planned for 2020, the working title is “Symbiosis: Art and Mathematics.”
These days most of my work is sold online, while I still exhibit in shows and exhibitions. I find online galleries offer the greatest exposure to my work.