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Esther Caplin


cabinet portrait - Lithuania c.1900, digital print


Work 2005-2007


25 October - 2 November 2007

The first exhibition of the work of King's Cross artist Esther Caplin opens at the Scarlet Maguire Gallery on Thursday 25th October.

Esther has lived in King's Cross since 2000 and her local involvement includes governorship of Edith Neville Primary School, Somers Town, and membership of the Advisory Panel of King's Cross Voices, the Heritage Lottery funded oral history project covering the whole development area.

Following a career in urban regeneration, Esther enrolled in 2005 in an Access Art Course at Stroud College, completing last July. ‘The last two years have been among the most exciting for me. I have produced a body of work that surprises and delights me. It is experimental in its essence. I have learnt a lot about myself, my capabilities and how I can best express what I want through my art. The process will continue, but this body of work will retain a special meaning for me as I see the growth of a person – and I hope an artist – through it.'

41 of Esther's mixed media and prints works produced during the past two years will be on show, covering themes ranging from ‘Lost cultures' – commemorating and celebrating lost peoples and ways of life – to an exploration of personal identity, as well as images drawn from the Holocaust.

‘The Holocaust is a poignant and terrible part of my people's history… Members of the wider family disappeared, and loved ones of close friends and relatives perished or survived haunted by horrific memories' says Esther.

This exhibition showed at Mills Café, Stroud, Gloucestershire, from 17th September to 13th October, before coming to the Scarlet Maguire Gallery.

Private View by Invitation only:
Thursday 25 October, 6.30 to 9.30 pm

Viewing by appointment until
Friday 2nd November 2007.


detail from pembrokeshire coast: pebble beach, mixed media on newspaper

lost cultures: ndee-sangochonh-thunder Apache, ink on newsprint

pembrokeshire coast: garden over bay, mixed media on paper