Eric Hibit’s paintings are characterized by crisp imagery and exquisite detail. Lovingly considered from conception to the final embellishments, Hibit excels in two tandem modes of painting: one flat, representational and intimately scaled, the other abstract and constructed to bulge off the wall.
The vibrant, buoyant charm of Eric Hibit’s work seems to evoke a pop aesthetic, yet his inspiration is impressively broad in scope. He identifies with the depictions of pleasure, abundance and harmony found in Eastern painting and functional crafts. Japanese painting, Persian miniatures and Indian painting have inspired his content and form. Textiles such as tapestry and needlepoint have influenced his repeated gesture, evidenced in the application of innumerable hand-painted dots.
The use of decorative motifs in visual art can have subversive connotations, threatening the status of the lone genius lauded in Western culture. The ‘Pattern & Decoration’ movement of the 1970’s embraced this subversive potential and elevated craft traditions into high art. More recently, dot patterns can be found in the work of artists Fred Tomaselli, Chris Ofili and Ellen Gallagher who also embrace the decorative impulse. Eric Hibit’s work extends this conversation with his unique synthesis of styles and exuberant world view.
Eric Hibit received his BFA from the Corcoran College of Art + Design and his MFA from Yale University School of Art. A solo exhibition of paintings titled R*O*Y*G*B*I*V* was hosted by the University of Vermont in Burlington in the fall of 2016. In New York, he has exhibited at Max Protetch Gallery, Anna Kustera Gallery, C24 Gallery, Zurcher Gallery, Field Projects, and Ortega y Gasset Projects. He has also exhibited at Curator’s Office in Washington, DC, Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, MA, The Cape Cod Museum of Art, and numerous other venues outside of New York. Internationally, he has exhibited in Giverny and Paris, France. His work has been reviewed in the Village Voice, the Washington Post, and local blog Art New York City. Hibit has taught studio art at Tyler School of Art, Hunter College, NYU, and Cooper Union. In 2014, he joined the artist-run curatorial collective Ortega y Gasset Projects.