ERIC BELTZBack to Artists
Raised by farmers and cultivated by mystics Eric Beltz’s hypnotically detailed drawings describe worlds filled with rural magic. Working in series with titles like American Visions, Back to Eden, Elementary Forces, and Trance Farm he blends history, religion, shamanism, nostalgia, origin myths, the vernacular, and botany. Using headless and skull-headed figures, Founding Fathers, Boy Scouts, and ethnobotanists as characters Beltz re-envisions American foundational narratives. Injecting text like both an essayist and a poet, Beltz’s further expands his references crossing cultures and historical eras. The Apocryphal Gospels, Ancient Greek writings, both the Tibetan and the Egyptian Book of the Dead, and other primary historical, religious, and scientific sources all appear as floating text. 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.
Eric Beltz lives and works in Santa Barbara, CA. His work is in the permanent collections of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (CA), the Progressive Collection (OH), and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (MO) among others, and has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Design (NY), the Mint Museum (NC), the Contemporary Arts Museum (TX), The DeCordova Museum (MA), the Frye Museum (WA), and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (CA). His work has been reviewed multiple times by Art in America, as well as The NY Times, LA Times, the Village Voice, Juxtapoz, and Flaunt Magazine.