About the Artist
Eric is an interdisciplinary printmaking/painting artist currently based in North Bay Ontario. In April 2017, Euler introduced alla prima (wet on wet) plein air (outside) oil painting into his practice – a ritual that has helped him re-familiarize and celebrate his northern home. What began as a project guided by nostalgia and the inclination to continue producing work without a studio stemmed into a churning series of dozens of 9” x 12” oil paintings.
Euler’s paintings boast an array of colours, textures, and gestural applications of paint. While he starts his paintings using brushes, they are finished using an unconventional arsenal of tools such as knives and syringes. He often “toothpastes” the oil paint directly from the tube.
Using a visual vocabulary rooted in perceptual and expressive mark making – inspired by the language of modernist abstract painting – this series of Northern Ontario landscapes gently explore the rites of passage belonging to Joseph Campbell’s archetypal monomyth. Rites of passage symbolize transformation and are composed of narrative components called the stages of the hero’s journey. These stages such as the call to adventure, the crossing of the threshold, and the road to trials subtly reveal themselves as frozen trails, unkept paths, and decaying forests – spaces pregnant with the beauty of uncertainty.
The title of each work acknowledges the location where it was painted, however its content transcends that of Northern Ontario culture. These unpeopled environments bare an introspective and psychologic energy, excavated from the love and urgency of Euler’s materials and process.