Eric James Duhan
Eric James Duhan
Eric was born into a world with books, radio and cinema. Netflix, Internet and Facebook did not exist to tweek the imagination of a boy from a large Irish Roman Cathollic family. As a child, rainy days found his siblings and he seated around the big table in the parlour drawing and reading while listening to the radio. The dial of the radio was his stargate into a world of exotic voices and languages as the red line travelled from London to Berlin or Moscow amid a deluge of static. His father was a sailor and away often but his mother, who loved the opera, was a constant inspira-tion and praised my drawings of ships. Art to him at that age was based on the iconography of the church, bible illustrations and the superb engravings in some of his grandfather's books. His grandfather had spent 30 years in India with the British Army like many an Irishman of his time. So this was the nursery which started his artistic career. Winning many prizes in chidrens and adolescent art competitions was gratifying. As the Hippy movement got into full swing and the psychedelic movement brought new horizons his older brother and sisters joined the fray. His hair grew longer and his flared trousers tighter as he made the conscious decision to turn his back on art. All the artists he knew were starving and that moved him to do a degree in Business Studies. With this under his wing he entered employment as a marketing executive and rose up the ranks to export sales manager which allowed him to travel the world in style. He had made another conscious decision before accepting the job, he refused to work in anything which might harm people, animals or the planet. He was green before it was popular. After 15 successful years, a move to France from Ireland, marriage and fatherhood was next, his wife and him estab-lished a thriving business selling handmade and high quality Irish products on a distribution, retail and eventually internet level. A yearning for the creative life which he had rejected so long ago helped him to leave all the business behind and open his own studio gallery where he painted and sold well to a selective clientele in Brittany at Saint-Malo.
After being asked to play it safe the constraints on my creativity started to be a strain and it was then that I started to paint my contemporary abstract works which have proved popular and also a great outlet for all the creativity bottled up over 50 years. Each step in my life has led me to this moment and I regret nothing. I hope I have successfully climbed out of the safe hole I in-habited for so long. You, the viewer of my work, must decide.