Eric was born in Java, Indonesia, his heritage is Dutch Indonesian. His family moved to Holland and later to Tanzania, Africa.
His teenage years were lived in Holland, there his interest in the Arts developed, attending Art College in Den Haag.
The yearning for open space and adventure led Eric to Australia in 1972.
Travel has been an integral part of his life, journeying to Israel, New Zealand and New Guinea, revisiting Indonesia. Absorbing the ethos of different lifestyles has been an important factor for his artistic development.
Eric attended the Visual Arts Diploma Course at Newcastle University in
1988-98, and has had many exhibitions of his work in Newcastle.
Eric is primarily a sculptor but also loves drawing and print making
“The influence of my Indonesian roots and African upbringing, including religious Javanese themes are integral to my sculptures and drawings. The works are often vivid and colourful, depicting many cavorting, mythical beasts and human creatures.
My recent sculptures are borrowed from antiquity, and stolen from the future, to create a heady mix of what the present entails.
Sculpture for me entertains these positions of thought, piety and flight in solid form.
Collaborative drawings and paintings with Robyn Werkhoven
Eric Werkhoven is now represented by SOHO Gallery Sydney
Solo exhibition SOHO Gallery 20th March – 8th April 2010.
River View Arts Festival – Sydney May 2010-04-26
Collaborative work on fabric with Robyn Werkhoven chosen for event in Basel Switzerland , 15 world artists, June 2010.
Collaborative works with Robyn Werkhoven CAPRICEII SOAG Gallery Newcastle August 2010
Maitland Regional Gallery –mid 2011 collaborative works with Robyn Werkhoven