Eric Haacht

2011

“Im interested in symbols and mark making and repeating these symbols or marks is important in my work”. Eric talks us through the progress of his artwork and let’s us see some of his unorthodox sketchbook.

My work in 2008 was completely in the abstract form. I was fascinated with mark making and the composition of seemingly random placements of paint.

This continued until last year (2011) when I felt the marks and paint needed subjects to allow them self’s to reveal the idea of immediatcy, so i began to try and bring paint into direct and instant involement with each other in a slightly more representational form of portraits and landscapes.

I still paint purely abstract paintings as well as I like the freedom it allows me. I like to try and find the line between abstract and the representational. Im interested in finding out when or if paint can become more than the thing it actually is.

I continue to paint and let the painting form its self, I like to see where
it takes me.

2008

2008

2010

2010

2011

2011

2011

2011

2012

2012

2012

2012

Without getting too involved in the minefield of the nature/nurture debate – Where do you think your interest in art came from? Was it encouraged at home/school or did it develop in spite of those environments? Were your parents creative?
My first contact with art came via my gran, I remember being very young and seeing prints of Kindinsky and Monet that she had on the wall but I guess I got into art in my teens thru bmx and skateboarding graphics. I found art a lilttle boring in school untill I found ‘Subway art’ in the school library….then everything changed!

Who were the first artists that inspired you and made you want find more of their work? How old were you?
Im not sure where or how I first came across Francis Bacon I must have been about 16 but he has always been a huge influence on me. Around the same time Shepard Fairey had a big impact on me, I was already into graffiti but the idea that a logo could be used in the same way and that you could be an artist working completely outside the art system was new to me. The London collective ‘the toasters’ also had the same impact on me. Phil Frost and Barry mcgee also really and still do inspire me.

How long have you been painting for?
I have been painting for about 8years and have been painting on a daily basis for about 5 years.

When did you realise you were “creative” or an artist? How would you define that?
Ive never really thought about it, its just something I feel I need to do. I guess I would say an artist is someone who is expressive in what they do. I express myself thru my paintings so I guess I could say I’m an artist.

When did you realise it could be more than just a hobby?
A few years ago when I started to sell some work thru a gallery in cornwall I started to think it could be more than a hobby. But I have always tried to worry about the work first and if something happens after that its a bonus.

How would you describe your paintings?
In my painting I am interested in expressing the idea of immediacy. I like the idea of what paint can do regarding this.
I also want to find the point where paint becomes more than paint, or if it can even do this at all, im still not sure….

Your sketchbook seems to be a very eclectic mix of ideas with little traditional sketching or specific idea development. Is it more an outlet for you to get random ideas down than develop them. Do specific items inspire specific paintings or is it more general than that?
I think you are right, the sketchbook work is an outlet for quick random ideas. Im interested in symbols and mark making and repeating these symbols or marks is important in my work, so sometimes some of the sketchbook work makes it into paintings, its a good testing ground. Specific items I wouldn’t say inspire specific paintings it is all very much general than that.

I also seem to write words or song titles down. I used to use words a lot more than I do now, but I have been thinking about allowing them back in.

Where do you see your artwork going in the future? Is there anything specific you want to do that you haven’t had a chance to yet?
I just try to keep on painting and painting more. I do spend time wondering if I should be painting just portraits or just landscapes but I try not to worry about it to much and just see where it goes regarding what is happening in my paintings. The only specific thing im looking to do is have a solo show at some point in 2013

Are you an organised worker? Do you give yourself set times that you will work in? Do you have a set place you work in?
I try to be organised and if I dont feel like painting I will make sure I do. I get inspired by the working. I dont have set times because sometimes I prefer painting in the mornings and then it can chance to night times. The only thing I try to do is paint a set number of hours a day.

Studio

Studio

Pages from the sketch book

Pages from the sketch book

Pages from the sketch book

Pages from the sketch book

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