Eric L. Hansen

Artist Statement

Two-time winner of the Prix de la Photographie, five-time winner of the Pollux Award, Eric L Hansen grew up in New York City drawing and painting. When he was 9, his grandmother gave him a camera, and by the time he was in high school, he had begun to win national, junior photo competitions. He went to art school in Newark, then moved to Los Angeles. It was there he developed his art practice. A solo exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art followed.

A little like the British artist David Hockney, Eric trolleyed back and forth between lens-based art and painting. Now with the advent of digital technology, he regularly combines lens-based materials with painting. His collectors include the actress Drew Barrymore, National Public Radio producer Margaret Koval, film director James Contner, and former Director of the National Security Council Jane Wales.

Reviewers have said about his work:

“An enduring vision that will enable us to see the world in a new way. “

   ---Philip Brookman, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC

"… I’ve never seen work like this before; ultimately, it’s about you the artist."

  ---Sarah Meister, the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

"… this is like Marcel Proust meets Lucien Freud."

  ---Lilia Kudelia, The Dallas Contemporary.

"…Distinctive; a new voice, highly conceptual."

---Rock Hushka, Tacoma Art Museum

Recently we spoke with Eric about Pop Art Nashville. He said,  “It was ten years ago, I moved to my new home in this amazing place called Nashville. I own a loft on the top floor of a 6-story building with a view of downtown.

One early fall day in 2015, clouds covered the late afternoon sun so there were no shadows. The Bat Building, Pinnacle, First Tennessee; they all looked flat, like scale drawings of geometric shapes stacked together side by side. That’s when I saw Nashville’s skyline for the first time in block patterns, like a Lichtenstein print. I thought, ‘Yes, this is Nashville, we’re like a Pop Art phenom.’

Try to find someone who’s never heard of Campbell’s Tomato Soup, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis… or Nashville? People move here from all over the United States, really all over the world, because they want to be part of what’s happening; in music, healthcare, technology, and art… Nashville has achieved Pop Art status. We are really really famous!

In Pop Art Nashville, I begin by making photographs of the city’s skylines. Then I paint away the details to reveal the underlying geometry. The result is iconic Nashville.”

 

SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS

Pollux Award First Prize, Fusion Portfolio

 

World-Wide Photography Gala Awards, June 2015

Juror: Chema Mendoz, Madrid, Spain

Juror’s Choice Award, 2015: Fusion

 

Arc Gallery, San Francisco, California

Juror: Olivia Ongpin, Luna Rien Gallery

Prix de la Photographie Paris 2014, Paris, France

 

Fusion Silver Medal

Jurors:

Patricia Lanza, Director, Annenberg Space for Photography

Carol Johnson, Curator of Photography, Library of Congress

Jerome Huffer, Photo Editor, Paris Match

Alice Gabriner, World Picture Editor, National Geographic

Daphne Angles, Photo Editor, NY Times Paris Bureau

Prix de la Photographie Paris 2013, Paris, France

 

Blood Rescue 1st,  2nd, and 3rd

Jurors:

Patricia Lanza, Director, Annenberg Space for Photography

Carol Johnson, Curator of Photography, Library of Congress

Jerome Huffer, Photo Editor, Paris Match

Alice Gabriner, World Picture Editor, National Geographic

Daphne Angles, Photo Editor, NY Times Paris Bureau

Art Photo Index listing, December 2012

 

Juror: Rixon Reed, Founding Director, Photo Eye

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Pollux Award First Prize Citiscapes Portfolio

 

World-Wide Photography Gala Awards, March 2011

Juror: Philip Brookman, Chief Curator

The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA

Pollux Award First Prize Citiscapes Single Image

 

World-Wide Photography Gala Awards, March 2011

Juror: Philip Brookman, Chief Curator

The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA

Pollux Award First Prize Fine Art Single Image

 

World-Wide Photography Gala Awards, March 2011

Juror: Philip Brookman, Chief Curator

The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA

Pollux Award Honorable Mention Fine Art Portfolio

 

World-Wide Photography Gala Awards, March 2011

Juror: Philip Brookman, Chief Curator

The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA

Finalist, World-Wide Photography Gala Awards, January 2011

 

Jurors: The WPGA Advisory Board, York, United Kingdom

Purchase Award LaGrange National XXVI Exhibition; Spring 2010

 

Curator: J. Richard Gruber, Director Emeritus,

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA

Best in Show 5-time winner, 2007

 

Huntington Beach Art League

Huntington Beach, CA

Top Fifty Photolucida Critical Mass, 2006

 

Curators: 225 art critics and gallery directors

Best in Show Walter Greer Gallery National Juried Exhibition, May 2004

 

Curator: Doug Dawson, AWS, PSA, Hilton Head Island, SC

Best in Show Circle Gallery American Landscapes, September 2003

 

Curator: Joann Moser, Curator, Smithsonian American Collection, Washington, DC

Merit Award Long Beach Arts Annual Members Exhibit, June 2003

 

Curator: Members of Long Beach Arts Gallery,

Merit Award Touchstone Gallery 5th Annual Competition, 2003

 

Curator: Elisabeth Schwartz, Director of Deitch Projects, Soho New York, NY

Merit Award Period Gallery: Faces VI International Juried Art Exhibition, 2003

 

Curator: Larry Bradshaw, Executive Director, Period Gallery

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Blood Rescue October-December, 2014

 

Customs House Museum, Clarkesville, Tennessee

Dollhouse March 2-March 31, 2009

 

Leu Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN

Dollhouse June 5-July 14, 2007

 

George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Earth, Sea and Sky September 18-November 13, 2004

 

Artistic Edge Gallery, Long Beach, California

Retrospective March 13-April 4, 2004

 

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Artist’s Gallery

Dreams of the Drug Dealer's Daughter, March 13-April 4, 2004

 

Gallery ElevenSeven, Long Beach, California.