Eric Kluin attended the University of Michigan where he obtained his BFA. He relocated to Boston in 1989, and has been a fixture there among the local art scene. Kluin works in a variety of mediums; however is most comfortable working with several forms of pastel. The artist states: “I like pastel for it’s immediacy, it’s simplicity, and for the fact that it allows me to keep my lines crisp and clean.” The beauty of line is a key component of his work, and the artist uses it skillfully to guide the viewer’s eye in a fluid, organic-like manner throughout the work. His compositions revolve around the figure, and his human dramas range from tender and sensual, to forlorn, puzzling, and comical. At times social commentary asserts itself in his work. Quite often however, they are a glimpse into the inner psyche of the artist himself.
An impressive quality to his work, is that his subjects are entirely drawn from his own mind. He uses no reference other then his own understanding of the human anatomy, and how it works in an artistic setting. It is clear when looking at one of his works, that much thought and attention is given to the negative space, as well as the positive space. Kluin knows that if a work is going to be successful, it is dependent on the sum as a whole to make it happen. He makes that happen again and again.
Plum (mixed media on paper) 19.5 x 26