About The Artist:
 

b. 1974 Nova Scotia, Canada

Eric is an abstract artist who works in a loose abstract gestural style throughout all his media, including stone. His paintings and other 2-D works are largely made without any plan other than to keep a constant reverence for composition and open mind. Often his compositions remain non-objective, but spontaneously works will evolve to become abstract figurative forms using a technique of layering paint.

While enamel "house" paint is a medium of choice due to its fluidity, he also works with traditional oils, acrylics and mixed media. "Nothing is off limits."

He attributes his gestural painting style to the early impact of street graffiti back when it was more popular in the '80s and its stark contrast to his own New England countryside upbringing.

Schweitzer's work is a combination of a controlled and uncontrolled process. He begins each work using various automatist techniques and then builds upon these discoveries through a careful selection process of adding and subtracting color and other compositional elements. 

Schweitzer's work is often whimsical and fluid with varying degrees of figurative forms. These forms are actually used as tools for manipulating space; one of his primary concerns in the development of a composition. And if done correctly, one can draw out important elements such as negative space and "resting places" where the "eye" (mind) can go to and allow the viewer to reside- sometimes in a compositional scene of what would be otherwise at quick glance, a very busy and complex work. 

Artist Statement:

"I paint to capture what I feel at that moment" and work to manipulate this image further using the principles of composition and spontaneity.

"I firmly believe that in the act of creating, especially art - one finds oneself closest to a higher power. I am driven to share this spiritual feeling throughout my work, present new ideas and compositions that reveal an immediacy and mood that is continuously dynamic and grows with the viewer."

"I engage my work, as I wake to each day - clean-slate, fresh, and with an underlying altruistic purpose."


News:

"Appetite for Abstraction at the Good News Cafe," Ryan Wiltzius, TownVibe,  June 11, 2013
http://www.townvibe.com/Blogs/Litchfield/Posts-2013/An-Appetite-for-Abstraction-at-the-Good-News-Caf/

Artists contribute to 'Newtown Project: A Call to Arms!'," Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post, January, 25, 2013
http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/artists-contribute-to-newtown-project-a-call-to-arms/2013/01/24/a82a96a6-65d3-11e2-93e1-475791032daf_story.html

“Eric Harley Schweitzer: Paintings & Works On Paper," Waverly Street Gallery, January 4, 2011

http://www.waverlystreetgallery.com/Schedule/Jan11.htm

“Editor’s Picks- Eric Harley Schweitzer: Paintings & Works On Paper,” Natalie Neumann, Chevy Chase Patch, January 21, 2011
http://chevychase.patch.com/articles/editors-picks-for-the-weekend-of-jan-21

“Former Naval Technician Turns to Art,” Kate Oczypok, Bethesda Patch, January 26, 2011
http://bethesda.patch.com/articles/former-naval-technician-turns-to-art

“Working With The Abstract:
Chevy Chase Artist Lets Colors Do The Talking," Jordan Edwards, Gazette, December 27, 2010
http://ww2.gazette.net/stories/12272010/entemon133640_32535.php


Interviews:

"Charles Krause/ The Newtown Project: A Call To Arms!," Brenda Hayes, This Light Sounds For Social Change, Radio CPR, March 2013, Time Stamp: 0:38:38
http://www.mixcloud.com/this_light/charles-krause/

"Eric Harley Schweitzer: Artist profile,” Stephen Mack
, Examiner, August 15, 2011
http://cdn2-b.examiner.com/local-artists-in-washington-dc/eric-harley-schweitzer-artist-profile

“Working With The Abstract: Chevy Chase Artist Lets Colors Do The Talking, Jordan Edwards, Gazette, Interview (Slide Show Presentation), Dec. 27, 2010
http://ww2.gazette.net/video/20101227EGeric/


Publications:

"Eric Harley Schweitzer: Working Process," Journeys To Abstractions: 100 More Contemporary Paintings And Their Secrets Revealed, Vol.3, Sue St. John, November 20, 2015

Steps behorim shehorim (Tap Dancing Through Black Holes), Robert Whitehill-Bashan, Hakibuts Hame’uhad, 2014 (Cover Art)

"Eric Harley Schweitzer: Working Process," A Walk Into Abstracts, Vol.4, Sue St. John, April 4, 2012