Eric Siemens lives and works between the maritime town of Camogli, Italy, and an island off the coast of Maine. A self-taught painter, Siemens’s works feature elusive landscapes with abstract backgrounds that leave the viewer disoriented, yet awestruck. Scenes range from apparitional figures that seem to move swiftly against the thick, impasto foreground to sharp landmasses that dissipate and reemerge at different angles. Ultimately, Siemens’s paintings call into question our foundation and even the role of the viewer.
Siemens has been reviewed and featured in ARTnews, Art in America, the San Francisco Chronicle, and other publications. As part of the collaborative duo Kate Eric, he exhibited in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the United States, culminating in a solo exhibition at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in 2012. Their artwork is also included in numerous public and private collections, including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California.