When we had a chance to tour the studio of Esiri Erheriene-Essi, the Amsterdam-based artist whose work we fell in love after a viewing at Galerie Ron Mandos almost two years ago, we jumped. Since then, the South London-born painter has focused her energy on a new series that is now on view at the Stedelijk Museum as part of Prix de Rome Visual Arts 2019, the oldest and most generous award for visual artists in the Netherlands. Along with other nominees Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen, Femke Herregraven, and Rory Pilgrim, Erheriene-Essi is the first painter to be considered for the award in a decade.

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