Eike Erzmoneit

Eike Erzmoneit

Biography

Born in 1948, Eike Erzmoneit grew up during the rebuilding of post-war Berlin, and in the shadow of the Berlin wall, escaped to London in 1973 where he qualified as a dental technician before following his love of music and becoming a professional drummer. This move coincided with the beginnings of his interest in art and he began painting and sculpting, using acrylic paint and dental engineering materials. Eike played with important bands of the progressive rock era, culminating with the chart-topping Atomic Rooster.

A feature of his work is the imagery of the wall and his fascination for exploring the idea of changing dimensions exemplified by the space analogies. Eike’s pictures explore space and time, extending the essence of his work to hand-crafted wooden frames. More often than not, the frame will fit the picture rather than the picture filling the frame. The work is not confined to a canvas. Often mundane objects take on a different aspect when modeled in acrylic and precious metals.

Eike has a passion for restoring and lending his own personal brand of artistry to classic cars. He can often be seen driving one of his collections of post-war Humbers. From a distance, a painstakingly restored original, but on closer inspection, the idiosyncratic Erzmoneit touches are everywhere, — the mascot, the horn push, the interior design.

His artwork, however, continued to dominate and overtake the other half of his creative output and his work was exhibited for the first time in 1976 in the Gallery Europa, Europa-Center Berlin.

Since then he has worked as a freelance artist in London and Berlin with regular European exhibitions. The 1990s saw Eike’s artwork exhibited in New Delhi, San Francisco, and New York.

Each of the paintings carries the Eike Erzmoneit ‘trademarks’, which feature small depictions of brick walls — and the ‘kink sausage’ among others — within permanently changing dimensions of time and light. The frames are designed to fit the unconventional shapes of the paintings.

Eike is a member of the Society for Art of Imagination.

Artist Statement

Long before I began to paint I was impressed by the great surrealists. This caused my art to go into a “fantastic” direction quite automatically. I enjoy and am inspired and fascinated by the possibility to create with paint and brush etc., ideas and motives born from the subconscious and combine them in surreal compositions and changing dimensions, making visible images that are impossible in reality.

Exhibitions – Austellungen

Hofgaretn Tegel – Berlin 2013

Internationales Phantasten Museum – Wien 2012

Visionaries Exhibition QCC Art Gallery – New York 2012

La Galleria, Pall Mall – London 2011

Galerie Rehberg – Berlin 2011

La Galleria, Pall Mall – London 2010

Murphy Hill Gallery – Chicago 2010

InterArt Gallery, New York 2009

Brick Lane Gallery, London 2008

Gallery Fantasmus, Saeby, Denmark 2008

Institute Of Technology, Pennsylvania 2007

Mall Galleries, London 2007

Aagaard Galerie, Berlin, 2007

H.R. Giger Museum, Gruyeres, Switzerland, 2006

Congress Zentrum Neu-Isenburg, Frankfurt 2005

Obsidian Art Gallery, Buckinghamshire, England 2005

Lauderdale House, Highgate, London 2004, 2006

Diego Victoria Fine Art, Miami, 2003

Brave Destiny, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, New York — Prix d’excellence Premier Cru — 2003

Art of Imagination, The Gallery in Cork Street, London 2002, 2003

Deutsches Herzzentrum, Berlin 2001

Kleine Galerie, Werkstatt, Berlin, Mall Galleries, London 2000

Art of Imagination, Mall Galleries, London 1999, 2000

Portobello Gold Gallery, London 1998

Ro Gallery, New York 1997

Premonition Gallery, London, Minds Eye Gallery, Enfield London 1996

Will Stone Gallery, SanFrancisco, Gesundheitsministerium Berlin 1995

Robert Koch Institut, Berlin, Hyatt Gallery, New Dehli 1994

Airport Galerie Tegel, Berlin 1989, 1993

Renaissance Theater, Berlin 1988

Galerie im SchloƟpavillon,lsmaning Munchen 1985

Kleine Galerie Werkstatt, Berlin, ‘s Galeriele, Stuttgart 1984

Staufengalerie, Oberstaufen, Loot Exhibition, Goldsmith Hall, London 1983

International Grand Prix For Contemporary Art, Monte Carlo, Institut Audio Visuel, Paris 1982

KleineWeltlateme, Berlin, Electrum Gallery, London, Altstadtgalerie, Recklinghausen, Whitechapel Gallery, London 1981

Dryden Street Gallery, Covent Garden, London 1979

Town Hall Hampstead, London 1977

Galerie Europa, Europa Center, Berlin 1976