Time to Observe with Eric Brittan

Eric in Mexico studio

When did you first become interested in art?

When a painting I made for a school contest in grade 5 was rejected, because they thought I could not have done it. My parents had to confirm to the principal that I did indeed create it.


What are you working on right now?

A series called Meditation, practicing meditation, reflecting on the practice.

A series called " Common Sparrows"

What mediums do you work with?

Most of my work is done in acrylic paint with various degrees of mixed media. There is also a component of digital application in the finished work and also in the evolution of the piece.

water nesting #8

"Water Nesting #8" Acrylic on Canvas 19" x 14.5" $400

What inspires your work? 

Significant amount of Observation, mostly. 

What drives you to working large/medium/small? 

The development of the process from small studies to bigger explorations to normally a larger finished work.

Which artist/s have influenced your work the most throughout your career?

Many artists in the history of art, but Leonard De Vinci and David Hockney primarily.

If you were not an artist, what would you be and why?

I can't imagine ever not making things as a painter, builder, sculptor, backyard mechanic, etc.

"Upon the Roof" Acrylic and Mixed Media 16" x 20" $600

tHow has your artistic practice changed over time?

Simply the inclusion of more implements and techniques in the process.

What is your dream project? 

Was. It was to make a large work from text that was facilitated by the Art's Council and The Burlington Art Gallery. It's called "Isaiah" and it's in the permanent collection at Redeemer University College, Ancaster. 

What would you like others to know about your art that you think is unique?

That the work might remind people of what they know or have seen.

If you could give a younger artist some advice what would it be?

Do not associate the work with money. Follow what you know and treat whatever time you have to make art as a great gift. 

hamilton studio

"Hamilton Studio"

Can you tell us about the sacrifices and reward of a long artistic Career?

I have been lucky, since I was young in having been supported in the work and able to devote most of my time to studio practice.

What kind of experience do you want the viewer to walk away with?

Not to be excluded in looking at the work.




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1 comment

We are always attracted to the display of your work at the Carnegie Gallery.p

RUTH Philip

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