It was boredom that made me start
to paint. I was playing drums in a professional rock band in England,
around 1974, I had a lot of spare time, which was something new to me,
so I tried my hand at painting and liked it. I had discovered a talent I
didn't know I had.
Some years previously, I had discovered, by accident, artists
like Magritte, Escher and Dali, so when later I tried painting, I
automatically headed in that direction.
Being self taught, my first paintings were crude, but they slowly
improved. What fascinated me most was the fact that I could create
original images with just a brush and some paint. I was curious now and
realised that I was able to conjure up imaginary worlds
and dimensions. This I have been doing
I had my first exhibition in 1976, in the Europa Center, Berlin,
and since then have exhibited in many places around the world.
I became a member of the Society for Art of Imagination in 1999.
For me it is quite impossible to explain how my
paintings develop, but perhaps it's a bit like composing with images
instead of musical notes and when I'm finally satisfied with the
"melody", I paint it. The subconscious plays a big part, of that I'm
sure. I am sometimes surprised to find great philosophical depths in a
finished work, that I wasn't conscious of when painting. However, the
interpretation of my paintings I see as the responsibility of the
At the time I started to paint, I was also restoring an old
english limousine from the 1940s and looking for two small wooden oval
picture frames for the interior. I couldn't find anything suitable, so I
made them myself and realised that I could make frames in any shape.
Today, not only are the paintings my own work, but so are the frames.
Germany / UK
The Restriction of Stagefright,
artwork by Eike Erzmoneit