ERIC FORSTMANN 


Bio

b. 1962 / Warren, CT

Eric Forstmann studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston under the tutelage of Barnett Rubenstein and Henry Schwartz. In addition to his many solo exhibitions, he has had five one-man shows at the following institutions: The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio; The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri; The Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science in Evansville, Indiana; and the Mattatuck Museum of Waterbury, Connecticut. Most recently in the spring of 2018, Forstmann had a solo exhibition at the Brenau Galleries at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. He was also featured at the Norman Rockwell Museum in the exhibition Rockwell and Realism in an Abstract World in 2016. That same year, Forstmann was featured in Naples Collects at the Naples Museum of Art, Naples, Florida, alongside works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Pablo Picasso. 

His work has been featured in Architectural Digest, American Art Collector, and many other publications through the years. Litchfield Magazine recently named him as one of the “25 Most Influential People” for 2017 in Litchfield County, Connecticut.  Eric Forstmann’s work is proudly held in many public and private collections. The artist lives in Sharon, CT and works in Torrington, CT.

 

Selected Collections:

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art - Kansas City, MO
The Butler Institute of American Art - Youngtown, OH
The Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science - Evansville, IN
Mattatuck Museum Waterbury, Connecticut
Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia
Robert Rauschenberg Foundation - New York, NY
Bradley Family Collection - San Francisco, CA
Taubman Centers - Bloomfield Hills, MI
Aurelius Capital Management, LP - New York, NY
Oak Hill Investment Management - Menlo Park, CA
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP - New York, NY
Meryl Streep and Don Gummer - New York, NY
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick - New York, NY
Warren Beatty and Annette Benning - Los Angeles, CA
President William Jefferson Clinton
George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth - New York, NY
Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Fischer - Millbrook, NY
Sandy and George Garfunkel - New York, NY
Michele Cohen - New York, NY
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Lutgert - Naples, FL
Dr. and Mrs. Sam Weber - Houston, TX
Admiral and Mrs. William J Flanagan - Eastville, VA
Garrison Keillor - New York, NY
Elaine La Roche - Sharon, CT
Ray Learsy - Sharon, CT
Ben Heller - New York, NY
Robert and Cynthia Hart - Beverly Hills, CA
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Martucci - Irvington, NY
Vivian and Jeffrey Saper - Palo Alto, CA
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Swanson - Los Angeles, CA
Andrew Tobias - New York, NY
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Tramiel - Palo Alto, CA
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Waterson - Cornwall, CT
Mark and Sheila Wolfson - Menlo Park, CA

 

CV

SOLO

2018    More Than Meets The Eye: Works by Eric Forstmann. Brenau University, Gainesville, GA
2017    Still Workings. Eckert Fine Art, Kent, CT
2016    Storm/Window. Eckert Fine Art, Kent, CT
             Intuitive Realist. Shekomeko, NY
2015    Atmosphere. Eckert Fine Art, Shekomeko, NY
2014    Just Because. Eckert Fine Art, Millerton, NY
2013    Everything/Nothing. The Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT
             Holiday Open House. Eckert Fine Art, Millerton, NY
             Indiana Meander. Coats Wright Art and Design, Carmel, IN
2012    Interior/Exterior: Still Lifes. Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science, Evansville, IN
             Recent Work. Eckert Fine Art, Millerton, NY
2011    Interior/Exterior: Street Scenes and Interiors. Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
2010    It’s Really All About Me. Eckert Fine Art, Kent, CT
2008    Selected Works. Eckert Fine Art, Bonita Springs, FL
             Fruit, Fabric, Cash, Cloth. The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
2004    An Evening With Eric Forstmann. Eckert Fine Art, Naples, FL
2001    Summer Soiree. Eckert Fine Art, Naples, FL
2000    Holland and Co. Fine Art, Nantucket, MA

GROUP

2018    Still Life: Untethered. Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT
             Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary, West Palm Beach, FL
2017    Radius 50. Woodstock, NY
             Art Market San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
             Washington Antique Show, Washington, CT
2016    Rockwell and Realism in an Abstract World. Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA
             Naples Collects. Artis-Naples, The Baker Museum. Naples, FL
2015    The Real World. Eckert Fine Art, Shekomeko, NY
             Los Angeles Art Show. Los Angeles, CA
2013    Palm Springs Art Fair
             Art Market San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
2012    Thea Foundation, Artist Commission Benefit in honor of President William J Clinton. Washington, D.C.
2011    Boston International Fine Art Show, Boston, MA
             Houston Fine Art Show
             US Artists American Fine Art Show, Philadelphia, PA
             Art Hamptons, Bridgehamptons, NY
             Art Market San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
2010    Boston International Fine Art Show, Boston, MA
             Christie’s Auction to Benefit Earth Day, New York, NY
             Aspen Art Fair, Aspen, CO
             Connecticut Farmland Trust, Sharon, CT
             Washington Antique Show, Washington, CT
             Art Market San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
             Art Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, FL
2009    Boston International Fine Art Show, Boston, MA
             Art Miami, Miami, FL
             Washington Antique Show, Washington, CT
             Connecticut Farmland Trust, Sharon, CT
             Art Hamptons, Bridgehamptons, NY
             Palm Beach 3 Contemporary Art Show, West Palm Beach, FL
2008    Los Angeles Art Show, Santa Monica, CA
             Palm Beach 3 Contemporary Art Show, West Palm Beach, FL
2007    Sea Fair, Miami Beach, FL
             Los Angeles Art Show, Santa Monica, CA
             Palm Beach 3 Contemporary Art Show, West Palm Beach, FL
2006    Palm Beach 3 Contemporary Art Show, West Palm Beach, FL
             Connecticut Farmland Trust, Sharon, CT
2002    Art for Children’s Sake. Tremaine Gallery, Lakeville, CT
1998    Freundorfer Gallery, New York, NY
             The Artist Group Ltd., Palm Beach, FL
             Bill Rowe Gallery, Nantucket, MA
1994    Connecticut Vision. Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT
1997-2002    Salisbury Association Land Trust Show. Salisbury, CT
1993-2002    Maplebrook Art Show. Amenia, NY


News

Random Shelf Life, 2004 Oil on Board 44 x 35.875 inches. Collection of Scott & Simone Lutgert, Naples, FL

Random Shelf Life (left) will be featured in the ongoing exhibition "Naples Collects" by Artis-Naples at The Baker Museum in Naples, FL. This exhibition brings together examples of high-quality art owned by art collectors from some of the best-known international artists of the past few centuries. Frank Verpooten, Director and Chief Curator, writes of the piece, “Random Shelf Life is part of a series of paintings that elevates common everyday objects to a higher status. Evoking the tradition of 17th –century still-life painting, each object is depicted in great detail; the dull texture of a plastic container contrasts with the shiny surface of a silver vessel. 

Adding another layer of meaning, Forstmann includes himself in the image by painting his self-portrait in the reflection of the silver plate on the lower left corner of the work. This painting-within-the-painting recalls the masters of spatial illusionism who also asserted their presence by including self-portraits in a reflection, such as Jan van Eyck’s legendary work in the 15th century.” Also included in this important exhibit are Andy Warhol, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, Norman Rockwell, Alexander Calder, Joan Mitchell and many more. "Naples Collects” is on view now thru June 19, 2016 at the Baker Museum in Naples, FL. 


  Pin-Up Window , 2016 Oil on Board 21.5 x 25 inches

Pin-Up Window, 2016 Oil on Board 21.5 x 25 inches

We are pleased to announce that Pin-Up Window (right) will be exhibited at the Norman Rockwell Museum in the exhibition Rockwell and Realism in an Abstract World. It is scheduled to be on view from June 17, 2016 through October 29, 2016. The exhibition will be featured during the Museum’s summer and fall seasons. The essence of tradition is to invite the challenge that redefines it, and after more than six decades on the periphery, realism has been reinvigorated by contemporary artists who see it as a way to address the experiences of living in our complex world. Rockwell and Realism in an Abstract World will examine the forces that inspired the relegation of narrative painting, and especially the art of illustration, to a lesser status by mid-century. We are thrilled that Eric's work is being recognized at such a wonderful institution.

 

 


  Arrangement with Hubcap , 2009 Oil on Board 27.5 x 35.5 inches. Collection of Brenau University, Gainesville, GA.

Arrangement with Hubcap, 2009 Oil on Board 27.5 x 35.5 inches. Collection of Brenau University, Gainesville, GA.

Arrangement with Hubcap (left) is now in the collection of Brenau University in Gainesville, GA. The university is renowned for its important collection and world class exhibitions. The incomparable art dealer and longtime university board of trustees member Leo Castelli (for whom the university's gallery is named) facilitated relationships with iconic artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Andy Warhol, allowing the university to stock its impressive collection with some incomparable pieces. We are pleased to see Eric in such good company. 

 

 

 


Video

 

Virtual tour of Eric Forstmann's 2014 exhibition "Just Because" in Millerton, NY

 

John Streetman, director of the Evansville Museum, speaks at the opening of Eric Forstmann's show "Seeing Ourselves" at the Evansville Museum of Art, Science & History in Evansville, IN while Eric Forstmann and Jane Eckert look on.

 

The Intuitive Realist by Alyssa Forstmann - a behind the scenes look at the talent and wit of Eric Forstmann.