Eric L Hansen’s color images are deeply personal storyboards of his own connections to post-modern American culture. Reviewers have found his work “…distinctive; a new voice, highly conceptual” (Rock Hushka, Tacoma Art Museum), “… compelling, a kind of first-person social anthropology” (Alan Rapp, Chronicle Books), and “… at once fascinating and horrifying… I experience a jumble of emotions” (Jeanne Friscia, San Francisco Cameraworks).
Museum directors who have curated his work include: Curator of Photography at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Malcolm Daniel, Director of the Museum of Photographic Art Carol McCusker, Director Emeritus of the Museum of Photographic Art Arthur Ollman, Director of Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art Robert Fitzpatrick, Director of Contemporary Art at the Santa Fe Museum of Fine Arts Laura Addison, Director of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art Joann Moser, Director of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery Marc Pachter, and Associate Director of Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art Alma Ruiz.
Eric began making photographs at the age of 10, and while he later studied drawing and painting, photographic media remains his enduring passion. In junior high school, he worked part time assisting New York’s Bachrach portraitist J. Stevens Dorsey. In high school he won numerous photography awards; his classmates called him ‘the photography wizard’. He earned a BFA degree at Newark College of the Arts, double-majoring in theatre and creative writing. All of his work is post-modern , conceptual, and at some level, political; always compositionally intentional, after Cezanne; sometimes darkly expressionist, as Schiele and Kokoschka; sometimes minimalist in the tradition of Ukiyo-E; and always in deep colors with strongly enunciated chiaroscuro. Some of his images are painful; some are joyous; some are funny; all are provocative.