“My children inspire me because I want to show them that you can fulfil your dreams if you work hard and that, yes, it is essential to study to ensure a future but that in no case it is necessary to let go off their dreams because by hard and relentlessness work, one can finally get there.”
There are so many artists in the world but Eric Carré definitely stands out among them. Eric has various styles of painting and creates amazing and unique art. Eric definitely has a gift when it comes to being an artist, especially since he is self taught, which is amazing in itself! This is what Eric had to say when we sat down with him for an interview-
When did you decide to become an artist?
I think I always wanted to be an artist, a painter, a sculptor, a visual artist. I have always loved that – it did not come overnight – but, coming from a family in which we do scientific studies, I first had to study and then work in the private sector. Then, a few years ago, I met some really important people, people who believed in my talent and who encouraged me, who made me understand that drawing, painting is good but showing his work is the next step. That’s when I realized that I could do “something” out of my paintings. So in the end, even though I always wanted to be an artist, becoming one is the result of a long journey that has required a lot of thought.
How did you learn how to paint like this? Your art is amazing!
Thank you very much for the compliment. In fact I have never taken classes, I am completely self-taught. As I said before, I always wanted to be an artist but being from a scientific family it was clearly not the priority. So I first learned by scribbling in my notebooks. Over time, I improved my techniques and I discovered other techniques. I like to experiment and create new things.
Talk to me a little bit about your mask paintings. What gives you the idea to create such interesting art?
Difficult to answer this question. I remember that when I started to think about these paintings, for me it was necessary to make a Triptych with 3 different dominant colors. After all went very quickly, I took out my paint bombs and once the different backgrounds were made, I sort of switched my mind into automatic mode as for my abstract drawings. There is one thing that guided me. I have always had a fascination for portraits, especially ultra-realistic portraits. Not having the technique to make such art, I’ve let myself be carried away by my lines and my state of mind of the moment.
You also create abstracts and portraits. Is there any style you like more?
No, I can’t say there’s a style I prefer more than the other… in fact I really like doing both because I think they are complementary approaches. Indeed, the portraits / masks require a lot of preparation and thinking before the realization. It’s interesting because it makes me think about what I want to show or do. When I work on a portrait I work under a constraint. It is a very interesting approach. Abstract drawings are equally necessary in my career. The approach is instinctive and direct. There is no more thinking, I act. It’s a great way for me to “release my trait”, to free my creativity.
Where did Ephemeral Street Art originate? What does it mean to you?
It was a combination of events. Initially I started drawing on small formats but soon I felt restricted. I increased the size of my paintings but it was still insufficient. Simultaneously I have always been fascinated by the giant frescoes of street artists and, most of all, I wanted to do the same. Though, because I didn’t want to spoil any walls, an idea came to my mind – I remembered that in Paris (just next to the Musée d’Orsay) there is a huge blackboard on which everyone can write / draw with chalks. There, I found a spot to draw in a very large format without degrading the environment. It is important to me.
Is there anyone in your life who inspires you?
Yes, my children. My children inspire me because I want to show them that you can fulfil your dreams if you work hard and that, yes, it is essential to study to ensure a future but that in no case it is necessary to let go off their dreams because by hard and relentlessness work, one can finally get there.
Where do you see your art expanding in the future?
I would love to see my art in exhibitions across the world, live fully and be sustainable from my artwork.
More seriously, having other publications like this one and exhibiting in galleries in Paris would be just great.