December’s artist is my girlfriend’s father, Eric Forstmann.
What can I say about this guy? For one, the term “realist” is an understatement; actual life looks fake compared his representations. His paintings are so accurate that you might guess his approach is formulaic, mathematical. For all I know, it might be!
If you aren’t connecting with his name, there’s a good chance you may still know him.
You might know him by his shirts:
Or his still lifes:
Or maybe even by his landscapes:
But I know him on another level. Anyone close to Eric should agree that he is far from the stigmas and stereotypes associated with successful artists. He’s goofy, unpretentious, and a generally warm-hearted, down-to-earth family-man and guy’s guy. And I ain’t even sucking up! To back my case, here’s a video his daughter Alyssa (that’s my girl!) made to offer insight and perspective into the lifestyle of the artist—Carhartt suit, bread truck, and all:
Now is a big time in the Intuitive Realist’s career. He recently showed at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, MO, is currently showing at the Evansville Museum in Evansville, IN, and has an upcoming exhibit at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT. Indeed, he is—and has been—a national artist. International, even, with collectors and gallery appearances in Europe.
For more of Eric’s work, check out his profile from Eckert Fine Art, or stop in said gallery if you’re near Millerton, NY.
With December’s entry complete, the five artists who inspired this series are covered. Thus, my Artist of the Month posts have come to their end. Or have they? I have some creative friends and relatives outside the nuclear family, and with enough interest, I’ll continue beyond that. I’m officially opening submissions for 2013, so it is up to you, the reading artists, to keep it going!
To submit, contact email@example.com with examples of your work. If you’d like to submit a friend/relative/associate, please make sure to get their consent first.
Thanks for reading, everyone!