Eric Cruikshank (born Inverness, UK, 1975)
1993 – 1997 BA (Hons) Painting and Drawing, Edinburgh College of Art.
Solo exhibition, DAS ESSZIMMER, Bonn.
Joint exhibition (with Michael Craik), Galleri Konstepidemin, Gothenburg.
Selected Solo and Joint Exhibitions
Continuum (with Ian Kane), RAUMX, London.
Repetition Takes Form, AIS Gallery, Shibukawa.
Ways of Seeing (with Michael Craik), Howden Park Centre, Livingston.
Plus | Minus | Repeat, Sleeper Gallery, Edinburgh.
Malerei (with Michael Craik), Galerie Albrecht, Berlin.
Colour as Subject, Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh.
The Solo Project – Basel with Galerie Albrecht.
When I Was Small I Didn’t Work Big, Galerie Albrecht, Berlin.
Dalcross Project Space (with Ian Kane), Dalcross, Inverness shire.
The Colour of Home, Gebert Contemporary, Santa Fe.
Moments of Absence, Limousine Bull, Aberdeen.
En Forme (with Cecilia Vissers), ParisCONCRET, Paris.
Taking landscape as an initial starting point, my paintings are not about literal presentation; instead the focus is on the emotive qualities of place. Using an objective palette tied to the Scottish landscape, colour acts as a vehicle to reveal the picture planes underlying points of reference. With the structure, design, and colour harmony being grounded in the everyday, the viewer is encouraged to readdress notions of their surroundings, where the familiar is opened up and made full of possibility. Shape, colour, and surface build the foundational support and elevate the works concepts, allowing the viewer to uncover 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 viewers own emotions and ideas.