Eric Ernst

Eric Ernst was born in Norwalk, Connecticut in 1956 into a family of some notoriety in the art world. Originally intent on avoiding any direct involvement in the arts himself, he graduated from George Washington University with a B.A. in Japanese Studies followed by an all-but-completed M.A. in the same subject from the University of Michigan (to this day he insists the actual writing of the master’s thesis should just be considered a minor formality).

In between these academic respites, he lived in Japan working as an apprentice to a Japanese woodblock artist, studied Zen meditation, and was employed as a disc jockey at a Tokyo radio station under the pseudonym of “Reckless Eric, The Mad Artist of the Airwaves”. More importantly, his studies there were to later imbue his work with varied elements of Japanese and Oriental aesthetics in terms of coloration and concepts of rhythm and asymmetry in design.

Further incorporating aspects highlighting the geometric purity of the Russian avant-garde and the later Bauhaus artists, he was also influenced by his father, Jimmy Ernst’s, approach to crisp, linear compositional structure. In addition, the works are also inspired by aspects of harmony and movement drawn from disparate musical sources such as Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Igor Stravinsky, and Frank Zappa.

Structurally arranging the works to be viewed as small scale architectonic spaces, Ernst recently has begun incorporating elements of representational imagery into his constructions. These serve to create an interaction of forms, shapes, and colors that, mixed with musical and harmonic elements, conjure a more immediate narrative and strive to transcend the limits of pure geometric abstraction.

Another Crack in the Sundial
Another Crack in the Sundial
Variations on Sinister Rhythms You Can O
Variations on Sinister Rhythms You Can O
Watching the River Flow
Watching the River Flow
Wired
Wired
Study for the Patron Saint of Noise
Study for the Patron Saint of Noise
Summer Solstice
Summer Solstice
Still Gardening at Night
Still Gardening at Night
Somewhere Inside the Endless House
Somewhere Inside the Endless House
Something Stirring in the Bushes
Something Stirring in the Bushes
Something Stirring in the Bushes
Something Stirring in the Bushes
Seascape
Seascape
Somewhere Inside the Endless House
Somewhere Inside the Endless House
Seascape II
Seascape II
Midnight Ride
Midnight Ride
More Sounds Inside a Madman's Head
More Sounds Inside a Madman's Head
Rivertrance
Rivertrance
It's a Jungle in Here
It's a Jungle in Here
Microscopic Investigations
Microscopic Investigations
Le Mistral
Le Mistral
If I Sleep the Plane Will Crash III
If I Sleep the Plane Will Crash III
Gift from the Sun (Black)
Gift from the Sun (Black)
Dreams of the Sleeping Geisha
Dreams of the Sleeping Geisha
Gardening at Night
Gardening at Night
Flameout
Flameout
Art Deco Madness.jpga
Art Deco Madness.jpga
Communication Breakdown
Communication Breakdown
Art Deco Madness
Art Deco Madness
Architectonic Passage
Architectonic Passage
A Crack in the Sundial
A Crack in the Sundial

Unique Digital Archival Print on PVC 28 x 45

Study for The Patron Saint of  Noise
Study for The Patron Saint of Noise

Unique Digital Archival Print on PVC mounted on Canvas 18 x 18