Eric Cruikshank was born in Inverness in 1975 and studied painting and drawing at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 1997.
Cruikshank’s works have been included in exhibitions throughout the UK, Europe, America and Asia, and he has received several awards and residencies.
He currently lives and works in Dundee, UK.
More about the artist
“Taking the landscape as an initial starting point, my paintings are not of literal presentation, but focus on the emotive qualities of the place. He uses an objective palette linked to the Scottish landscape. As such, color acts as a vehicle to reveal the picture planes underlying the landmarks.
With structure, design and color harmony based on the everyday, the viewer is encouraged to re-approach notions of their surroundings. A space where the familiar is opened up and filled with possibilities. With works that leave the territory of art and traditional values, a dialogue opens up between the past and the present, the historical and the contemporary.
Despite the allusion to social, spiritual and material contexts within the field of my art, the main criteria always return to the basic constructive elements. Form, color and surface build the foundational support and elevate the concepts of the works, allowing the viewer to discover layers of potential meaning as each element is considered.
In the absence of imagery or narrative, the panels are left open to interpretation, as an almost blank plane to reflect the viewer’s own emotions and ideas. Applying the paint in thinly layered bands of color and using a subtractive technique, the surface is worked into balance. The delicate shapes that remain give the effect of a monochromatic finish when first seen. Through the resulting veil of paint, bright strokes of tone flicker at the edge of the focus, where the surface maintains the softest luminosity and modulation of volume.
The works are completed with a meticulous level of control, creating a plane that carries no brush marks, eliminating evidence of the artist’s hand and any trace of technique. With this elimination, the color field is examined more closely: as the work is approached, the color pulsates in constantly shifting patterns, as it is withdrawn, these patterns blend, bleed, and merge into a vibrant continuous field, inviting finely tuned visual attention.”
Artist’s Note, Eric Cruikshank