French born artist,
Eric Duplan spent his childhood in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and
Rwanda. As a teenager he moved to South Africa, joining the School of
Performing Arts, in Johannesburg. He followed this, by studying interior design
and stained glass making.
In the early 1980’s
Eric joined the Lintas Group Advertising Agency as an illustrator. He then
became a freelance illustrator and over the next eight years worked for most of
the major advertising houses in Johannesburg. It was during this time that Eric
illustrated a number of front covers for the Financial Mail and was
commissioned by Gencor to sculpt a series of bronzes trophies.
He moved to the
Western Cape and became a muralist specializing in trompe l’oeil. His many
murals have included a major commission for a hotel in Ostend, Belgium. In 1989
Eric transitioned to full time painting and based himself on an isolated farm
on South Africa’s rugged western coast. The magnificent surroundings inspired
his many large land and seascape paintings.
Eric paints in oil and his paintings are many
faceted, mixing fine details with abstract architectural renderings in a
technique that produces pieces reminiscent of a Zen Garden, where a certain
meditative quality is induced. A reflection of both Eric’s thoughts and
mediations as he paints and those created in the patron. In his latest solo
exhibition Eric’s works are perhaps most easily described as topographical
landscapes and yet that is too simplistic. They are almost archeological with a
bird’s eye view of the landscape in which the ruins take on figurative and
symbolic form. The passage of time echoed in the many layers of paint.