The best part of being an artist run gallery is the opportunity it gives us to know our fellow artists engaged in various different arts better. As part of our Gallery House open studio initiative, we've had a chance to visit a few wonderful artists in their studios including Barbara Brown and Kevyn Warnock.
On July 17, Eric Saint Georges opened up his studio space and fellow artist Anne Lamborn who visited, has this report for us. We hope you enjoy this write-up and the photos.
"Eric Saint Georges, our charming, Parisian born, talented, and brainy sculptor and painter, hosted Gallery House members at his spacious studio, nestled in the hills of Los Gatos on July 17, 2017. There, Eric showed us his charcoal, ink, and watercolor figurative paintings, which he often produces from moving live models at various drawing and painting venues in the Bay Area. He works quickly from short, live, and often moving poses, often five minutes or less. He works loosely, capturing the essence and spirit of his subjects.
He showed us his figurative clay sculpture, which has been his primary focus. He gave us a thorough, informative illustrated presentation at his computer of his own use of the lost wax process for his bronze sculpture. We saw actual models, molds, and wax. Currently, he uses the West Valley College Foundry.
As a young adult, after completing his formal training in electrical engineering, Eric spent two years studying art at the “Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts” in Paris and later studied with Petrus in southern France, from whom he learned his foundation for his current clay technique. As a practical matter, he worked as a research electrical engineer for 35 years in France, the eastern United States, California, and Hawaii, both at IBM and startups. He made his decision to leave engineering while living in Hawaii, two years before he actually did it.
Eric has been a full time artist since January, 2016. Eric teaches figure drawing and sculpture at the Pacific Art League. This year, Eric has been actively exhibiting, including a feature exhibition at Gallery House in February and receiving a 2nd place award at the Pacific Art League in January, 2017. "
Thank you Eric for a peek into your studio!