Eric Tillinghast | BlueBird Motel
acrylic on postcard | 2017
Eric TiIllinghast (b. 1974) collects vintage postcards of swimming pools and other waterways and recontextualizes them by painting surrounding environments with Titanium white acrylic paint and a minuscule paintbrush. These paintings explore the concept of water being a fluid element isolated in geometric shapes. This project also focuses on our various relationships with water, namely how we think about water, and its ever present inclusion in mythology and culture.
Tillinghast has continued to develop this body of work as well as other ongoing series of wall-mounted sculptures, drawings, paintings, and installations. In 2014, Tillinghast created two fountain installations for the Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. His work has been exhibited at prestigious museums around the world including The Galerie der Stadt Mainz Bruckenturm in Mainz, Germany, Rocket in London, P.S. in Amsterdam, and The Center For Contemporary Non-Objective Art in Brussels. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Albright-Knox Gallery, the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Wisconsin, the Museum of Fine Art in Santa Fe, Portland State University, and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona among others. Tillinghast currently lives and works in California.