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Meet Canadian Artist Eric Pause

April 2018

Who are you?

Eric Pause. I'm a painter based in Ontario, Canada.

How did you get interested in art?

Most children are attracted to art, and I was no different. My parents are both highly creative people and were always making or building something, which helped grow my interest in art throughout my childhood. My casual interest turned to obsession after the discovery of graffiti. The town where I grew up is very small, but it's not far from Toronto, Canada's largest city. Before we were old enough to drive, my friends and I would take a bus into Toronto just to spend the day taking photos of the incredible graffiti. The style of art on those walls was like nothing I had seen before, and it really broadened my views about what art could be. My friends and I would obsessively try and emulate the styles that we had seen, first in sketchbooks, and eventually on walls. From there, we branched out - doing album covers art for local bands, printing our designs on t-shirts, and even collaborating with Kidrobot to produce a production vinyl toy. I started exploring different mediums a couple of years ago, and found that I really enjoyed painting with acrylics.

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How would you describe your style?

My style is a combination of my favourite styles to paint - a mix of cubism, collage, and abstract styles organized together in a very clean fashion.
I try to capture multiple moments and splice them into a single image, giving the feeling of a longer period of time rather than a snapshot. My intention is to conjure memories in the viewer, rather than have my dictate a specific narrative. I often specifically exclude details in the figures' faces in order to make it easier to 'see yourself' in the memory.


What are your sources of inspiration?

There's not an easy answer to this question. Inspiration can come from music, my own personal experiences, stories of others' experiences. Anywhere really.


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How is the creation process for you?

I don't start with an idea of what the finished painting will look like. I tend to start with an idea of what kind of emotion I want the finished painting to convey, and work backwards from there. I'll develop a few main pieces for the image, and then work to combine them in a way that feels right - it's a lot of shifting shapes, lines, and tones around until it clicks.


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What are your favourite materials to work with?

Acrylic paint, wood. I prefer wood over canvas because I like working with very precise lines on very smooth textures, and I like to work wood grain into the image. I don't like visible brush strokes in my work - ideally, I like to get pieces smooth enough so that it's not immediately recognizable as a painting.

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Who are your favourite artists?

It's forever changing as I'm constantly discovering new artists who really resonate with me. But currently artists like Joram Roukes, Michael Reeder, Pose, Audrey Kawasaki, Conor Harrington, and Erik Jones really capture my attention.


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What do you do besides being an artist?

I consume a lot of podcasts and audiobooks while painting. I hike a lot. Most days I vacuum up dog hair.

What is the best advice given to you as an artist?

Do good work and show it to people.

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