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French born artist, Eric Duplan spent his childhood in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. As a teenager he moved to South Africa, joining the School of Performing Arts, in Johannesburg. He followed this, by studying interior design and stained glass making.

In the early 1980’s Eric joined the Lintas Group Advertising Agency as an illustrator. The then became a freelance illustrator and over the next eight years worked for most of the major advertising houses in Johannesburg. It was during this time that Eric illustrated a number of front covers for the Financial Mail and was commissioned by Gencor to sculpt a series of bronzes trophies.

He moved to the Western Cape and became a muralist specializing in trompe l’oeil. His many murals have included a major commission for a hotel in Ostend, Belgium. In 1989 Eric transitioned to full time painting and based himself on an isolated farm on South Africa’s rugged western coast. The magnificent surroundings inspired his many large land and seascape paintings.

Eric paints in oil and his paintings are many faceted, mixing fine details with abstract architectural renderings in a technique that produces pieces reminiscent of a Zen Garden, where a certain meditative quality is induced. A reflection of both Eric’s thoughts and mediations as he paints and those created in the patron. In his latest solo exhibition Eric’s works are perhaps most easily described as topographical landscapes and yet that is too simplistic. They are almost archeological with a bird’s eye view of the landscape in which the ruins take on figurative and symbolic form. The passage of time echoed in the many layers of paint.

His paintings grace many corporate and private collections, both locally and aboard. Eric currently paints from his studio in Pretoria, South Africa.

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Artist CV

Solo Exhibitions:

2014: Inked, Longsteet Art Lovers 1932, Pretoria

2013: Ancient Future, Gallery 2, Johannesburg

2012: Franco-South African, University of Pretoria

2009: M Dawid Ras, Johannesburg

2008: M Dawid Ras, Johannesburg

1998: Millennium Gallery. Pretoria

Selected Exhibitions:

2013: Verge, Fried Contemporary Gallery, Pretoria

2012: Indulgence, The Art Business, Piketberg

2012: KKNK, Fried Contemporary Gallery, Oudtshoorn

2012: Duo with Johann Moolman, M Dawid Ras, Johannesburg

2012: Designs of Living, Fried Contemporary Gallery, Pretoria

2011: Duo exhibition with Rebecca Tetley, I-S Art, Franschoek

2011: MAP, UJ Art Gallery, Johannesburg

2010: Cities in transition, Fried Contemporary Gallery, Pretoria

2009: Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg

2009: Posters with Carla Crafford, Brundyn & Gonsalves, Cape Town

2008: Intervention, Unisa Art Gallery, Pretoria

2008: Suburb, Fried Contemporary Gallery, Pretoria

2006: M Dawid Ras, KKNK 2006

2005: M Dawid Ras, AARDKLOP 2005

2005: M Daiwd Ras, KKNK 2005

2005: Art Space,Fairlands, Johannesburg

2004: Art Space @ Harries, Pretoria

2004: Art Now, South Africa, (selected group show) Gallery Morena, Chicago, USA

2004: Commission for Bellingham Winery

2004: Art Space, Johannesburg

2004: Art CoZa, Parktown North, Johannesburg

2003: Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch

2003: Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch

2001: Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch

2000: The Changing Screen Exhibition, Johannesburg

2000: Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch

1999: Albertein Gallery, Simon's Town, Cape.

1996: Gallery 68, Church Street, Cape Town.

1995: Bordeaux Street Gallery, Franschoek, Cape.

1993-1994: Primeart Claremont, Cape Town.

1992: Framework Norwood, Johannesburg.

1990-1991: Seapoint, Cape Town.

1989: Design Animation Rosebank, Johannesburg.

Works represented at:


Dawid Ras - mdawidr@iafrica.com

Cape Town

I Art Gallery - info@iart.co.za


Is Art at le quartier Francais - isart@lqf.co.za

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