Eric Bourse was born in 1956 in the north of France. A self-taught artist, in 2011 he celebrated thirty years of painting. Eric is a modern figurative or semi-abstract painter. His paintings are inspired by his life and emotions and the landscapes that move him. Through his composition and depth of colour he conjures an atmosphere that engages the onlooker.
Eric’s work evokes his wonder at the vineyards glowing at sunset, the towering mountains and quiet forests, the happiness of sharing a glass of wine with friends. Sometimes he engraves on the canvas his more intimate struggles and sufferings. Today Eric works in acrylics with a bold use of colour and a generous hand on the palette knife.
Eric divides his time between the Alps and the Dordogne. He celebrates the contrasting palettes of these landscapes, while other canvases are filled with the vitality and motion of life in London and New York. Eric has travelled widely to meet the demand for exhibitions of his work, always returning to France. His new paintings come from a period of introspection and change.
Eric Bourse’s 2011 exhibitions have included two six-month shows at the prestigious Hameau Albert 1er hotel in Chamonix and at Flocons de Sel in Megève (the latter ends in April 2012). He has also exhibited at Castillon de Bataille and Foire D’Art Contemporain Espace Mont Blanc – Saint Gervais. There is a permanent collection of Eric’s work at Les Servages d’Armelle hotel in Les Carroz and at Galieart gallery in New York. He is represented by several galleries in France and the United States and by Summers Art in the UK. His accolades include First Prize at the Salon de Lutèce Paris, First Prize at the Aart Masters competition in New York, and the Gold Medal at the Salon International at Nancy, France.
Kit Bentley keeps a permanent exhibition of Eric’s work at her home in the Dordogne. Her collection includes Eric’s paintings from the past ten years. If you would like to view Kit’s private collection please contact her to make an appointment.