Eric Hibit
Medium: Painting and Drawing

Studio Location:
363 3rd Avenue
Studio # via OyG Projects



Artist Bio:
Eric Hibit (born Rochester, NY) is a visual artist based in New York. He attended the Corcoran College of Art + Design (BFA,1998) and Yale University School of Art (MFA, 2003). In New York, he has exhibited at Max Protetch Gallery, Anna Kustera Gallery, C24 Gallery, Zurcher Studio, Field Projects, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Underdonk Gallery, Ortega y Gasset Projects, and Deanna Evans Projects. He has exhibited nationally at Adds Donna in Chicago, Curator's Office in Washington, DC, Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, MA, The Cape Cod Museum of Art, Satellite Contemporary in Las Vegas, NV, The University of Vermont, and internationally in Giverny, France and Paris, France. His work has been has been covered by the Washington Post, The Village Voice, Hyperallergic, Newsweek, New York Times and New York Post. Hibit has taught studio art at Tyler School of Art, Hunter College, NYU, and Cooper Union. Publications include Dear Hollywood Writers, with poet Geoffrey Young (Suzy Solidor Editions, 2017) and Paintings and Fables with writer Wayne Koestenbaum, a limited edition artist's book (2017). In 2014, he joined the artist-run curatorial collective Ortega y Gasset Projects.

Artist Statement:
I grew up as a queer person in the homophobic culture of mainstream America in the early years of the AIDS pandemic. This experience caused me to identify deeply with "the outsider". As an adult, this inspired my work as an art teacher for people with mental illness through the now-defunct agency Healing Arts Initiative. It was within this milieu that I discovered my true appreciation for the power of imagery to heal, soothe, inspire, awaken and empower. For me, being queer means celebrating my peculiar way of looking at the world and rendering it with all the care, love, perversity, splendor, and joy that I can muster. My paintings are an expression of this drive. My artistic style includes applying dots of acrylic color to render the image. In this approach, the creative drive is sublimated through a methodical and meditative process. Freedom is an important part of my practice. My subject matter is unlimited: flowers, shells, animals, bodies, human-made objects, and more.

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