Artist Profile: Sabre Esler

Sabre Esler

One of Georgia's most exciting emerging artists, Sabre Esler's works are cutting-edge fresh. Esler, an Ohio native, graduated from Miami University with a BFA and an MFA in painting from SCAD, Atlanta. Best known for her dreamscapes, her current body of work is about Artificial Intelligence vs. the human “imperfect machine”.

Esler creates complex patterns using neurology as the inspiration to explore problem solving strategies. Starting with sculpture, exploring results of thought patterns, she creates imagery in other mediums. The artist, who is influenced by the Terry Winters and Antony Gormley, knows the importance of line and the energy and spontaneity it brings to a painting. Esler loves texture and the build-up of layers and achieves it in novel way; whether it’s carving through layers of paint on the canvas or using innovative mediums such as acrylic sheets lit with LED, she creates multi-medium art works. The artist approaches the creative process with the experimentation of a scientist to achieve the answer of “what if?” The results are a stunning display of patterns that weave endlessly.


My work explores the imperfect machine of the mind and their pathways and connections. Taking neurology, psychology and biology, I create hierarchies of pattern. I am interested in seeing the unseen; exploring personal truths based on perceptions. Thoughts are interpreted as complex mathematical hierarchies, that weave endlessly.  The process begins with fabricating a sculpture that showcases an aspect of thought patterns shaped by an event. From a sculpture, I create paintings and prints, which could be interpreted as residual after affects of a real event, much like a memory. This practice allows me to continue to change, adapt and explore the patterns and create hierarchies through layering techniques. I explore combining painting and printmaking or painting and sculpture to create hybrid pieces. By combining materials and practices, I am experimenting, much like a scientist does when exploring hypotheses. A recent body of work uses mapping of the receptor networks for neuron function in the brain during PTSD episodes. My current body of work examines problem solving strategies and innovation. The question in this case is, how does an idea take shape? Many of my pieces incorporate cloud and fog imagery where the pattern is elusive. The layers develop and crystallize as the structure of ideas form. The result is to seek a greater understanding of the complexities of the human condition, which is both universal, and yet unique and personal to the individual.

Esler's work is showcased in corporate collections such as the Ritz Carlton and SunTrust Bank and over 500 private collections. We are fortunate to have Sabre in our gallery43 family, and we invite you to discover her works in person. Here is a link to her current works in inventory.