Artist Visit: Eric Freeman
BY CHRISTINA FLOYD
PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERIC CAHAN
Eric Freeman and Christina Floyd in front of one of Freeman's works
Eric Freeman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and lived and worked in the city for years until he decided the Hamptons was a more stimulating environment. “I just ‘got over’ the city,” says the 41-year-old artist, who has since relocated full-time to Sagaponack, where he has been living and working for the past 10 years. “It is so dirty. It just did not seem as fun as it used to be. I do not know if it’s because I am getting older, or the city is changing, or both.”
Inspired by the famous Hamptons light and the quiet that this environment provides, Freeman has developed a new style of painting. He first applies to his canvases a special medium of his own creation that allows an evocative glow to emanate from the finished composition. “I guess I just love playing with paint,” says the artist, who has had solo shows at Mary Boone Gallery in New York City and Western Project in California, and has participated in group shows at Guild Hall and at the Saatchi Gallery in London; his work is currently on view at Tripoli Gallery of Contemporary Art in Southampton.
Freeman sees a similar effect in the area’s landscape. “It’s so flat and you have water on both sides,” he says of the Hamptons. “It’s such an interesting geography, even when it’s dark there is always a certain glow. The sky is always big and open and glowing, and its vastness makes me feel good.”