Eric L Hansen


Eric L Hansen’s color images are deeply personal storyboards of his own connections to post-modern culture. Reviewers have called 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

“…Distinctive; a new voice, highly conceptual”

—Rock Hushka, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma WA

“… Compelling, a kind of first-person social anthropology”

—Alan Rapp, Chronicle Books.

Eric’s work has been featured in the Lucy award-winning journal Eyemazing and published in the Connecticut Review. His private collectors include the actress Drew Barrymore, producers Margaret Koval and Penny Adams, and film director James Contner. In 2010, Eric won three First’s and an Honorable Mention in the Pollux Awards international competition. This work is scheduled for exhibition in Buenos Aires in January 2012.

Museum directors who have curated his work include: Curator of Photography at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Malcolm Daniel, Director of Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art Robert Fitzpatrick, Director of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art Joann Moser, Director of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery Marc Pachter, former Director of the Museum of Photographic Art Carol McCusker, and Director Emeritus of the Museum of Photographic Art Arthur Ollman.

From the beginning, Eric cannot remember a time when he was not drawing and painting. He was born in Staten Island, New York City, and later went to grammar school in Bayside, Queens. His first toys were crayons, fat pencils, watercolors, tempera paints, and special papers. When he was 10, his grandmother gave him a point-and-shoot film camera. While he continued to draw and paint, after that he never stopped making pictures with cameras. He went on to earn a BFA degree from Newark College of the arts, where he continued his studies in studio art and double-majored in theater and creative writing.

2002 marked the beginning of Eric’s emergence onto the national and international art scene. He held his first solo exhibitions, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2004. He finaled in Photolucida’s Critical Mass competition in 2006, followed by a solo exhibition at the George Billis Gallery in Los Angeles in 2007.

Eric lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee.


Awards / Special recognitions

2012
– Prix de la Photographie Paris, France
– Art Photo Index, listing

2011
– Pollux Award First Prize Cityscapes Portfolio
– Pollux Award First Prize Cityscapes Single Image
– Pollux Award First Prize Fine Art Single Image
– Pollux Award Honorable Mention Fine Art Portfolio
– World-Wide Photography Gala Awards Juror: Philip Brookman, Chief Curator The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA
– Finalist World-Wide Photography Gala Awards

2010
– Purchase Award LaGrange National XXVI Exhibition

2007
– Best in Show 5-time winner Huntington Beach Art League Huntington Beach, CA

2006
– Top Fifty Photolucida Critical Mass

2004
– Best in Show Walter Greer Gallery National Juried Exhibition

2003
– Best in Show Circle Gallery American Landscapes. Washington DC, USA
– Merit Award Long Beach Arts Annual Members Exhibit
– Merit Award Touchstone Gallery 5th Annual Competition
– Merit Award Period Gallery: Faces VI International Juried Art Exhibition

Collections
– LaGrange Museum of Art, LaGrange, USA
– Customs House Museum, Clarkville, USA
– Drew Barrymore
– Margaret Koval
– James and Penny Contner
– Mark and Adriana Tanzer
– Diane DeCelis
– Deborah Neuenschwander
– Raymond and Dora Buckingham
– Bruce and Debi Canon-Rath
– Michael and Deborah Bartlett
– David and Jessica Bocangel
– Kathryn O’Fallon
– Dr. Jun Yan
– Judy Adams
– Patrick and Francesca Bell
– James and Jamie Bruner
– Betty Sanders
– Polly Bee
– Edith Neiman
– Charles Snook
– Lisa Arnwein
– William and Barbara Hammock
– William and Diane Lasser

Publications
– Eyemazing Issue #2, Spring 2006: pgs 88-97. Amsterdam, Netherlands
– Connecticut Review Volume XXIX No. 1, Spring 2007: pgs 101-102 Hartford, USA

Exhibitions

2011
– Being Human, group show Addington Gallery, Chicago, USA
– Social Justice, group show Syracuse University, USA
– Faber Birren Color Awards, group show
– Art and the Environment, group show Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, USA

2010
– LaGrange National XXVI Exhibition, group show The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, USA

2009
– Dollhouse, solo exhibition Leu Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, USA
– Kaunas Photo RECYCLED, group show Kaunas,Lithuania
– Photowork ’09 group show Curator: Malcolm Daniel, Curator of Photographs the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

2008
– The Art of Photography, group show the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, USA

2007
– Dollhouse solo exhibition George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2005
– Gage Gallery, Freedom::Response group show, USA
– Center for Photographic Arts, 15th Annual Center Awards, group show
– Society for Photographic Education, Proof group show
– Camera Arts Magazine, The Best of Photolucida, group show
– Brea Gallery, Made In California, group show

2004
– Earth, Sea and solo exhibition Artistic Edge Gallery, Long Beach, USA
– Retrospective Works solo exhibition Los Angeles County Museum of Art Artist’s Gallery, USA
– Dreams of the Drug Dealer’s Daughter solo exhibition. Gallery ElevenSeven, Long Beach, California, USA
– Silvermine Galleries, Spectra’04 group show
– Cambridge Art Association Works On Paper October, group show
– Don O’Melveny Gallery In America Now, group show
– Cambridge Art Association National Prize Show, group show
– Eleven East Ashland I.A.S. Open Invitational, group show

2003
– Artisan’s Gallery 2003 National Juried Exhibition, group show
– The Salon Studio 5th National Juried Exhibit, group show
– Art Association of Harrisburg 75th Annual Juried Exhibition, group show
– Las Vegas Arts Council 13th Annual National Juried Art Exhibition, group show
– Cambridge Art Association National Prize Show, group show
– Palm Springs Desert Museum 34th Annual Juried Exhibition, group show
– Dishman Competition (international all-media exhibition), group show
– Greater Midwest International Exhibition XVIII, group show
– Period Gallery, Faces VI International Juried Exhibition, group show

2002
– Long Beach Arts-Showstoppers, group show

Gallery representation

Qlick Editions
Gerard Doustraat 134
1073 VX Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The George Billis Gallery-LA

Xanadu Gallery LLC