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Eric Moller is a painter, writer and art teacher who lives and works in Pretoria. He was born and grew up in Mossel Bay on the beautiful Garden Route coastline.
His works are bold, colourful celebrations of vital life-forces, growth, passion and experience. Humans and the natural world feature strongly in his work; often they appear together - sometimes in harmony and sometimes in opposition. At times his imagery is precise and highly realistic; at other times there is a sense of dissolution and the world we know becomes an abstraction in which only intellect and emotion remain. Oftentimes the works transcend reality and become dream-images; laden with symbolism and open-ended questions.
Moller's themes and inspirations are as widely varied as his stylistic approach, but overall they are about Nature and Human Life, about Primordial Forces that create and rule the world and drive us all. This may include a study of geological forces and phenomena, an insight gained from the way things grow and evolve, a tongue-in-cheek observation of flowers in erotic display and a raunchy indulgence in human sexuality.
Moller finds visual inspiration in the clear light and bright colours, varied textures and scenic contradictions that are so characteristic of the Southern African environment.
Eric Moller has works in private and corporate collections in South Africa, England, Canada, Australia, Germany, The United States, The Netherlands and Singapore.
Since 2001 Eric Moller has had 11 solo exhibitions and has taken part in 13 group exhibitions.
Other high-lights include:
2011: Publication of his book "86 Days in The City of Lights" - an account of his experiences in Paris.
2009 and 2010: Finalist in PPC's Young Sculptors Competition.
2008/09 Residency: Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France (Courtesy of SANAVA and the Alliance Francais)
University of Pretoria
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