Eric BeltzBack to Artists
Playfully macabre and fiercely humorous, Eric Beltz's hypnotically detailed drawings recast stories and characters from colonial American history in a grayscale psychedelia. Eric Beltz’s intensely detailed graphite drawings imagine and confound histories, origin myths, psychedelic states, and life on the farm. Using headless and skull-headed figures, Founding Fathers, and ethnobotanists Beltz re-envisions American foundational narratives. Using primary reference material such as the Malleus Maleficarum, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, the King James Bible, medieval Herbals, and the writings of early American Revolutionaries, Beltz’s drawings are both image and essay. His work follows the critical tradition of George Orwell, D.H. Lawrence and William Carlos Williams as much as the 16th century drawing techniques of Luca Cambiaso and Albrecht Dürer or the 20th century comics of Burne Hogarth and John Buscema.