ERIC WHOLLEM

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About me

Gender MALE
Location Novato, California, United States
Introduction I am a Northern California artist: a painter, sculptor, videographer, poet and writer. I was born in San Francisco in 1949.
Interests I began making paints from natural earth pigments in 1973. Some of these paintings are housed in the Lowie Anthropology Museum in Berkeley, California. I have exhibited at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California and received award for Best Exhibit at the Crocker Museum Scultpure Park. For many years I lived at a Concow Maidu Indian rancheria in the Sierra Nevadas. The culture of the Maidu has greatly influenced the subject matter of much of my art. In 1989 I added ceramic sculpture to the list of my artistic endeavors. Many of these works are pigmented with the found earths that I have gathered over the years. I have worked in etching and serigraphy. Today I work in digital art, creating digital paintings as well as fantasy stamps. I worked in experimental video animation as well as performance art in the 1980's and 90's. A number of my recent art videos are found on Youtube. I am author of a number of books, including: The Mystery of the Mermaids: Goddesses and Gods of the Sea (a mythographic text), Boat of Reeds (a book of drawings), The Stamps of Old Lemuria (fantasy stamp book), The Stamps of Amphora, Seahorse Stamps of Amphora, The Republic of the Moon (fantasy stamps), Eistedfodd (poetry), Ruptures in the Stroke (poetry). Experiments Xerographic (poetry). The Voyages of St.Brendan (historical monograph).
Favorite Movies Lost Horizon, Forbidden Planet, Casablanca, Indian Love Call, My Cousin Vinny, The Secret of Roan Inish
Favorite Music Central Asian folk music, shamanic music of the Altai, Tuvan Music, Sebo (Hungarian), Steeleye Span, Albion Country Band, Bluegrass, Appalachian Mountain Music, Alan Stivell, Amazonian Tribal Music, Waulking Music of Scotland, Medieval European Music, Classic Jazz, Swing, Classic Rock and Roll, Carnatic Music, Baul Singing, Tibetan Folk Music, Japanese Folk, Armenian Music, Georgian Music, Ancient Greek Music, Australian Aborigine Music, Duke Ellington, Bach, Beethoven, Brian Eno, Hank Willams, Sea Shanties, Bob Dylan, John Sebastian, Country Joe McDonald, Gypsy Music, Django Reinhardt, Portuguese Fados, Sardinian Music, Romanian Music, Berber Music, Planxty, Fairport Convention, Tannahil Weavers, Fats Domino, Howlin' Wolf, Dizzy Gillespie, Harmonica Frank, Sebotnik, Music of Bretagne, Eastern Woodland Indian Music, Peruvian Conch Music, Indonesian Music, Hindu Kirtans, Buddhist Chants, Tibetan Bells, Cab Calloway, Patsy Montana, Roy Acuff, Woodie Guthrie, Cisco Houston, J.E. Mainer, The Maddox Brothers and Rose, The Cheap Suit Serenaders, Wiley Barkdull, The Ink Spots, Polish Sea Shanties, Southeast Asian Music, Hunza music, Laz Music, Music of the Carpathian Mountians.
Favorite Books Upanishads, Yoga Vasistha, The 100000 Songs of Milarepa, Messages in the Water, The Teachings of Chuang Tzu, I Ching, Unveiled Mysteries, Green Mansions, The Etruscan, Jnaneshwar, The Rain of Wisdom, Novels by: Updike, Henry Treece, Waltari, Poetry by: Roetke, T.S. Elliot, D.H. Lawrence, Rimbaud, W. Blake, K.Patchen, Yeats, Keats, Shelley