Attraction to the unknown and desire to be elsewhere are central themes in the work of Dutch artist Esther Nienhuis (1977). She seeks to expose the symbolic thresholds that distinguish the here and now from alternative realities and times. In the paintings from the series called Saudade, where views are given from behind rain-covered or sun lit windscreens of a car, Nienhuis approaches this boundary as a physical one. The rain puts the otherwise imperceptible glass frontier into focus, leaving abstract what lies beyond. The eye is driven towards infinity but a troubling layer is present always, in between the here and elsewhere.

The way Nienhuis handles the paint corresponds with the character of the subject matter. In volatile brushstrokes she builds images that may seem abstract from nearby, but become more and more realistic when viewed from a distance.

After getting her masters degree at Groningen University in Contemporary History, Nienhuis studied Fine Arts at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. She exhibits worldwide, in Europe, the United States, Canada, Asia and Australia.