Eric was born in Java, Indonesia, his heritage is Dutch Indonesian. His family moved to Holland and later to Tanzania, Africa.
His teenage years were lived in Holland, there his interest in the Arts developed, attending Art College in Den Haag.
The yearning for open space and adventure led Eric to Australia in 1972.
Travel has been an integral part of his life, journeying to Israel, New Zealand and New Guinea, revisiting Indonesia. Absorbing the ethos of different lifestyles has been an important factor for his artistic development.
Eric is primarily a sculptor but also loves drawing, print making and writer.
“The influence of my Indonesian roots and African upbringing, including religious Javanese themes are integral to my sculptures and drawings. The works are often vivid and colourful, depicting many cavorting, mythical beasts and human creatures.
My recent sculptures are borrowed from antiquity, and stolen from the future, to create a heady mix of what the present entails. Sculpture for me entertains these positions of thought, piety and flight in solid form”.
Eric has extensively exhibited in Australia and is represented in private collections in Europe.
For the past ten years Eric and artist Robyn Werkhoven have collaborated on a unique series of drawings and paintings celebrating everyday life “exploring the world of human caprice, with sheer delight and a touch of irony” for exhibitions in Australia and Europe.