Hester Finch’s works are deeply personal yet also universal responses to the world around her. The artist looks unflinching at the raw underbelly of human existence. Thoughts on identity, power, sex and politics are processed and explored through the painted image. Her visual language is both eloquent and tough: colour is saturated; forms shift from literal to abstracted. These forceful works are driven by moral outrage and compassion for the afflicted, but are not without humour.
“My work has often dealt with Biblical (and therefore Art Historical) themes of judgement and death. I am therefore dealing with the human condition and the psychology of extremes. Titles are integral to the understanding of my work and my paintings are to some extent narrative … I choose to paint in different ways partly for the pure pleasure that each technique provides me: whether it is drawing the detail of a face, setting geometric shapes of colour against each other, or painting a bruised and swollen sky in a landscape. But in each case, I also try to destroy in order to complete …. That conflict is the most satisfying moment."