1956 · United States
The subjects of Eric Blum’s abstract paintings are often narrative, pieced together from the fleeting, unfocused, or peripheral visions of light and movement, and the artist’s earliest sensory memories as an infant—or what he calls the “misunderstandings of the irretrievable glimpse.” Each of his works begins with a drawing, which he then uses as the basis for compositions featuring translucent materials like watercolor, silk, and layers of ink and thin infusions of wax. Sometimes he applies only one layer to the work per day. The result of his process is a tactile surface and a sense of indeterminate depth in the picture plane.
Eric Blum is a recipient of two grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, as well as one from the New York Foundation for the Arts. His work has been featured in shows at the Albright-Knox Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, the Knoxville Art Museum, and The Contemporary Art Center of Cincinnati, among other institutions. Blum studied photography at UCLA, and currently lives and works in New York City and Los Angeles.