START POINT PRIZE – Prize for emerging artists

Eric Keller

The cityscapes of Eric Keller painted on wooden plates seem timeless. An undercooled film set, a different world, in which the few protagonists seem to be as inflexible as in film stills. Indeed Eric Keller’s images speak of anonymity, loneliness, the lack of communication and isolation. The cityscapes announce the sheer absence of human beings as if the world stands still. The strange, the aloofness, the eerie is underlined by the artist via the used pallet of colours. Put onto large surfaces, the earthy colours communicate from further away a supposed idyll, at a closer glance the colours seem to hide behind a fogbank. The eye is guided quickly towards a small but loud field of magenta or neon green, colours that are unnatural and thus make the viewer shiver. Nevertheless the depicted situations take hold oft he viewer and make him or her quiz why one cannot and does not want to escape this artificial world anymore.

2006-2008 Studium der Malerei an der Akademie der Bildenden Künste Nürnberg bei Prof. Rolf-Gunter Dienst seit 2008 Studium der Malerei an der Hochschule für Bildende Kunst Dresden bei Prof. Elke Hopfe und Prof. Ralf Kerbach Ausstellungsbeteiligungen 2012 Eric Keller und Stefan Knechtel, Galerie Irrgang Leipzig Frühwerk, F14 Dresden - Raum für zeitgenössische Kunst 2011 Frühjahrssalon Galerie ZanderKasten Dresden Andreas Wachter und Eric Keller, Galerie Irrgang Berlin Jahresausstellung der HfBK Dresden Kellerausstellung 3 der Gruppe „Zwanzig Zehn“ Dresden Wintercollective, Galerie Irrgang Leipzig 2010 Jahresausstellung der HfBK Dresden 2009 Jahresausstellung der HfBK Dresden Eric Keller und Matthias Rataiczyk Galerie Irrgang Leipzig 2008 – 2007 Jahresausstellung der AdBK Nürnberg