ERIC MASSHOLDER (b. 1960)
Working with and between different artistic traditions is a hallmark of Eric Massholder’s work, as he’s an artist who is deeply interested in the unexpected connections that surround us. Now based in the south of France, in his youth the Franco-German artist wanted to understand more about art across different cultures. This compelled him to travel to and study in numerous countries including Morocco, Greece and India. Working in various mediums, Massholder is always exploring new potential networks, drawing on a wealth of inspiration from famous artists and artistic movements such as Picasso, Dalí and surrealism to Greek mythology and contemporary culture.
Born in 1960, Massholder is something of an artistic explorer whose series span a plethora of styles, often uncovering surprising new relationships between different artistic ideas. Be they lasting or fleeting, these connections create an artistic world that is consistently examining the porousness of boundaries of all kinds, and the interplay between the conscious and subconscious. This can be clearly seen not only in Massholder’s paintings from the late 2000s, such as Space Union and When Fire Makes Water, but also in much of his earlier work, for instance with Kaleo from 1995.