Artist Profile

Eric Ernst was born in Norwalk, Connecticut in 1956 into a family of some notoriety in the art world. Originally intent on avoiding any direct involvement in the arts himself, he graduated from George Washington University with a B.A. in Japanese Studies followed by an all-but-completed M.A. in the same subject from the University of Michigan (to this day he insists the actual writing of the master’s thesis should just be considered a minor formality).

In between these academic respites, he lived in Japan working as an apprentice to a Japanese woodblock artist, studied Zen meditation, and was employed as a disc jockey at a Tokyo radio station under the pseudonym of “Reckless Eric, The Mad Artist of the Airwaves”. More importantly, his studies there were to later imbue his work with varied elements of Japanese and Oriental aesthetics in terms of coloration and concepts of rhythm and asymmetry in design.

Further incorporating aspects highlighting the geometric purity of the Russian avant-garde and the later Bauhaus artists, he was also influenced by his father, Jimmy Ernst’s, approach to crisp, linear compositional structure. In addition, the works are also inspired by aspects of harmony and movement drawn from disparate musical sources such as Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Igor Stravinsky, and Frank Zappa.

Structurally arranging the works to be viewed as small scale architectonic spaces, Ernst recently has begun incorporating elements of representational imagery into his constructions. These serve to create an interaction of forms, shapes, and colors that, mixed with musical and harmonic elements, conjure a more immediate narrative and strive to transcend the limits of pure geometric abstraction.


263 Middle Line

Sag Harbor, NY 11963


1981-83  -M.A. Program in Japanese Studies, University of  Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

1974-79  -B.A. Asian Studies, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.


-Peter Marcelle Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

-MackB Gallery, Sarasota, Florida

-Hampton Road Gallery, Souithampton, N.Y.

-Galerie der Spiegel, Koln, Germany

-New Modern Art, London, England

-Arts Club of Washington, Washington, D.C.

-Red Barn Atelier, Southampton, New York

-Galerie St. Charles de Rose, Paris, France

-Museum of Contemporary Art, Washington, DC

-Schimmel Center for the Arts, Pace University, New York, N.Y.

-Benton Gallery, Southampton, New York

-Ambiance Fine Arts, Nashville, Tennessee

-Area X Gallery, New York, New York

-Corbino Galleries, Sarasota, Florida


-Gerald Peters Gallery, New York, New York

-Pamela Williams Gallery, Amagansett, New York

- Artist Secret Society, Annual Guerrilla Exhibit, East Hampton, N.Y.

-Telfair Museum, “East End Artists”, Savanah, Georgia

-Guild Hall Museum, “East End Ten”, East Hampton, N.Y.

-Remy-Toledo Gallery, New York, N.Y.

-Hampton Road Gallery, Soutrhampton, N.Y.

-Gallery Facade, Paris, France

-Gensler and Associates, Santa Monica, California

-New Modern Art, London, England

-Red Barn Atelier, Southampton, New York

-Galerie Merz, Sag Harbor, New York

-Sylvia White, Contemporary Artists’ Services, New York, N.Y.

-Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York New York

-Corbino Galleries, Sarasota, Florida

-Hal Katzen Gallery, New York New York

-Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York

-Benton Gallery, Southampton, New York

-Galerie der Spiegel, Koin, Germany

-Galerie St. Charies de Rose, Paris, France

-Arlene Bujese Gallery, East Hampton, N.Y.

-Galerie der Spiegel, Koin, Germany

-Bologna-Landi Gallery, East Hampton, New York

-Helen Drutt Gallery, New York New York

-Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York New York

-Ken Bernstein Gallery, Long Island City, New York

-PSI Museum, New York, New York

-Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art Tokyo, Japan

-Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York

-Ashawagh Hall Invitational, Springs, New York

-Detroit Artists’ Market, Detroit, Michigan


-Syd & Rita Adler, Sarasota, Florida

-Schon Beechier, New York, New York

-Russell & Sarah Blue, New York, New York

-Robert Borg, Scarsdale, New York

-Mrs. Lillian Braude, East Hampton, New York

-John & Ann Buckman, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

-Judy Carmichael, Sag Harbor, New York

-Salvatore & Wendy Cragliano, Great Neck New York

-Lawrence Eger & Susan Bums, Sarasota, Florida

-Bill & Susan Ferster, Washington, DC

-Robert & Teddy Greenbaum, South Orange, New Jersey

-Steven & Natalie Hahn, East Hampton, New York

-Allen & Bari Harlan, Providence, Rhode Island

-Edmund Hollander, East Hampton, New York

-Shoichi lchikawa, Tokyo, Japan

-Beverly Jablons, New York, New York

-Jane Jacobs, New York, New York

-Bob & Rita Katz, New York, New York

-Woodrow Landay & Mary Lord, Washington, DC

-Rhoda Pritzker, Chicago, Illinois

-Stuart Sleppin, Huntington Station, New York

-Rose Slivka, New York, New York

-Mark & Pam Smith, Bronxville, New York

-Heine Stunke, Cologne, Germany

-James & Amy Sundquist, Long Island, New York