Eric White: 1971 Pontiac LeMans Hardtop Sedan (The French Connection) (detail)

Work / Art

Art: Eric White makes your favourite films seem sinister in his hyper-real paintings

Bruised sunsets, sleek vintage cars, twisted album covers and distorted movie stills are all subjects that preoccupy Eric White, a New York-based painter whose work is laden with surrealist flourishes. Looking at Eric’s work feels like sitting in some grubby Brooklyn cinema, watching a late-night special that gets weirder and weirder as you give in to sleep, or browsing in a record store run by some lunatic that paints his own covers. That’s not to say that Eric’s a lunatic – although he does paint his own versions of classic record sleeves – but he’s channeling something darker and more urgent than the pop-culture images he references, imbuing them with sinister connotations that unsettle and unnerve.

If you fancy treating yourself to some unsettling imagery you can see a collection of Eric’s work in his new show All Of This Has Not Occured at the Martha Otero Gallery in Los Angeles from Saturday November 9.


Eric White: 1963 Plymouth Belvedere (Rosemary’s Baby)


Eric White: 1961 Ford Galaxie 500 Sunliner (Pierrot Le Fou)


Eric White: 1973 Ford Pinto with Tanguy Sky (3 Women)


Eric White: 1974 Mercedes-Benz 450 SL (Annie Hall)


Eric White: 1964 Porsche 356 C Cabriolet T6 (Bullitt)


Eric White: 1960 Sunbeam Alpine Sport Series 1 (Butterfield 8)


Eric White: 1976 Lotus Esprit Type 79 (The Spy Who Loved Me)


Eric White: 1971 Pontiac LeMans Hardtop Sedan (The French Connection)