Since 1976, Holch's limited edition prints and oil paintings have been exhibited in over 250 galleries and museums throughout the U.S., Bermuda, England, Australia and Japan. Holch's distinctive images have also been used for magazine covers, posters, cards, linens, jigsaw puzzles, ceramics, needlepoint, clothing and fashion accessories.
Holch grew up in Andover, Mass. and Greenwich, Conn., with every summer spent on the island of Nantucket. This New England upbringing continues to have a strong influence on both the subject matter, stark light and crisp style of his original prints and oil paintings. He finds those familiar harbors, summer sailing races, friendly side streets, warm sandy beaches and unique architectural details a constant fascination.
"I try to capture those timeless images that are like snapshots in your memory. The kind of image you can look at in the middle of winter and be instantly transported back to that happy moment in time. The artistic equivalent of a story that opens your mind's door into a great summer daydream."
"The technical process of printmaking lends itself perfectly to creating this kind of image. The colors are intense but the message must remain simple because you are limited to flat planes of color. Creating these original prints is more time consuming for me than painting since a large print takes me about 4 months from start to finish, but the printmaking medium is a perfect match for accomplishing my artistic goals."
Mr. Holch's formal art training began at Trinity-Pawling School where he won their first annual art award. He continued his studies in art, architecture and art history at Hobart College and has since won numerous awards in juried exhibitions throughout New England. He is a member of the Nantucket Artist's Association, and his works are included in many private, corporate, institutional and museum collections in the United States, Japan, Australia, and Europe. Holch is one of the few contemporary printmakers whose work was selected by the Original Print Collectors Group, Ltd., a leading authority on investing in art. His earlier, now sold out, editions are presently valued at $1,000 to $3,500.
In 1993, Eric and his wife, Betsy, opened up the Holch Gallery on Nantucket Island in Massachusetts. The gallery is located in the heart of the Boat Basin on Old South Wharf, just steps from Nantucket Harbor. It is open daily from June through October and by appointment through the winter.
WHO'S WHO IN ART (23rd edition)
Inquirer & Mirror, Arts Section, August 4, 2016, Article
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Bermuda National Gallery