|Eric L. Conklin, b. 1950, American.
Maryland Painter Eric Conklin is a "trompe l'oeil" artist who paints in traditional oils on Belgian
linen or panel. "Trompe l'oeil" (pronounced "trump loy") is a French phrase meaning "to deceive the eye,"
and describes an illusionistic style of oil painting
Eric also composes still life paintings with a story or theme. After considerable research he develops
paintings that portray a message of beauty and detail on the surface, but often convey a deeper subtle
meaning, or ironic sense of humor. In a recent painting titled "The Six Senses," the focal point is a table
filled with nautical items: a ship model. a carved shell, a wine bottle, photograph and books. Closer
examination of the painting reveals traditional symbols of the five senses, plus, in the artist's opinion, a
sixth sense...woman's intuition. " The Six Senses was chosen to hang in an exhibit "Works by Contemporary Maryland Artists 2000" at Government House in Annapolis, Maryland.
Eric Conklin's work has been shown at the Deleplaine Visual Arts Center, in Frederick, MD, the York
Art Association in York, Pennsylvania, and at a one-man show at Barnes & Noble in Annapolis. His
works are part of both private and corporate collections , and one of his paintings was purchased by the
Arkansas Territorial Restoration Museum in Little Rock for its permanent collection. Eric is a member of
the Deleplaine Visual Arts Center, the York Art Association, the Maryland Federation of Art, and the
The Tromp l' Oeil Society of Artists.