Eric Cator


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The Cyclist, 2008,  acrylic on wood, 30 x 24 inches

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I Thought I Might Find You Here, 2007, acrylic on wood, 9 x 7.5 inches

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Bullseye, 2009, acrylic on wood, 30 x 24 inches

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Returning to the Scene of a Crime, 2007, acrylic on wood, 16 x 12 inches

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Alicia Motel, 2008, acrylic on wood, 16 x 16 inches

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Couldn’t Leave the Lamp Behind, 2009, acrylic on wood, 12 x 12 inches

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The Interviewers, 2008, acrylic on wood, 30 x 24 inches

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Long Halloween, 2009, acrylic on wood, 30 x 30 inches

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Crosswalk, 2007, acrylic on wood, 30 x 24 inches

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Four Windows, 2010


Artist Statement

I have been working on the “Standing” series of paintings over the past four years, placing figures, either alone or in groups, into open and isolated landscapes where they face the unknown and the unexpected.  With a strong sense of narrative, these works are designed to trigger the imaginative and empathetic powers of the viewer.

As this series progresses, I find myself addressing the growing trend in our society towards alienation from nature, each other, and ourselves.  As ‘social media’ progresses, opportunities for physical human interaction appear to be shrinking, and our connection to the land we live in is being replaced with a growing immersion into computer generated environments.  Where this path will lead us is uncertain, but suggests an intriguing dilemma worth speculating on.

And more recently:

Since I’m usually a very slow painter, I decided to go back to doing some smaller works for the next little while, which is also a great opportunity for me to pursue an idea that has been kicking around in my head for several years now: painting night scenes.

I have done a couple of night scenes over the years, but this will be my first time exploring the idea with an entire series of paintings.

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