Erich Moffitt These paintings grew out of a year of relearning what mattered to me in the work I do and in how I live my life. Looking beyond art as an escape from hardship led me back to what I had originally wanted to say with pictures: the earnest pursuit of connection with others in a statement of meaningful care.
Animal people journey through the wilderness, alone and together, towards a common end. They carry their burdens, through suffering and persistence. Unlike the animals of fables, their agency is relatable to us. Unlike other people, whom we so often define ourselves in contrast towards, these characters can be anyone. Their communion describes the survival instincts of human nature that transcend destructive appetites: recognizing ourselves in others, and belonging.
Erich J. Moffitt began his life as an artist during his childhood, while living as an expatriate in rural Austria. At an early age, the stories of folklore, myth, and fable, as depicted in academic and symbolist painting and the Golden Age of Illustration, introduced him to a wealth of multicultural influences and firmly established art as a means of broadening horizons. In his paintings, he fuses the rich aesthetic tapestry of the past with contemporary humanist philosophy, in narratives played out by totemic character archetypes and their world of talismanic objects.
Trained as an illustrator and exhibiting artist, his work has been shown in galleries across the United States, Europe, and Australia. In addition to art, Erich has also pursued a simultaneous career in custom jewelry design, putting his skills in the service of capturing his clients’ unique visions to celebrate their milestones in life. He currently lives and works near Seattle, WA, and shares a home with his spouse in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.
RE-ANIMATOR: Stranger Factory 10th Anniversary A little over 10 years ago our first official exhibition as Stranger Factory, Modern Vintage Narrative, explored the optimism of rebuilding a new world post great recession; 10 years later our futures are still uncertain. We asked artists to explore the past ten years and reflect on the pop culture zeitgeist. As visionary artists, we encouraged them to give us a new narrative. Our current 10 year anniversary exhibition “Re-animator” features the work of a cross section of contemporary narrative as they begin to explore what’s next.
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