Eric Serritella is a ceramic trompe l’oeil artist specializing in hand-carved sculptures transformed into birch, charred and weathered logs. His one-of-a-kind sculptures are internationally recognized for their hyper-realism, and have been exhibited, awarded and collected on five continents for their exquisite organic design and incredibly lifelike textures.
Eric's works are included in many permanent museum collections including among others The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Mint Museum.
He has contributed to over 100 exhibitions and has been represented at some of the world’s top art and design shows including TEFAF Maastricht (Netherlands), Design Miami/Art Basel (Switzerland), Design Miami (Florida), The Salon: Art + Design (NY), Masterpiece London, and SOFA Chicago. In 2017 Eric was featured as the solo artist with Jason Jacques Gallery as the first ceramics gallery ever to be invited to the prestigious Frieze NY art fair.
Eric was honored by the James Renwick Alliance as the 2016 Distinguished Artist in ceramics at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
His 2018 solo show at Jason Jacques Gallery was recommended in the NY Times and he has received positive acclaim from Architectural Digest and renowned art critic/historian Daniella Ohad.
Works have appeared on the covers of AmericanStyle and Pottery Making Illustrated, and in the pages of Ceramics Monthly, American Art Collector, Modern, NICHE, American Craft, Clay Times, The Crafts Report, Design 360º (China), Ceramic Art (Taiwan), Lark Books’ 500 Teapots, Volume 2, as well as in several other books and calendars on ceramic art.
Eric says of his work, “Art is an arena for connection, resonance and reverberation. I create each sculpture as a conduit to emotion through inquiry, recognition and familiarity.
Through my trompe l’oeil ceramic works I challenge the viewer with both the nature of the material and the messages within. Forms are completely hand-built and hand-carved with hyper-realistic textures transformed to weathered wood and birch trees—the angels of the forest.
Through aging and decay, I explore how nature maintains its splendors with tenacity and triumphs of existence, despite the disregard we humans show her. I appreciate how ceramic mirrors the environment’s fragility and durability—easily damaged if disrespected and yet invincible in its inherent beauty and longevity.
Each organic creation fosters awareness and influences viewer behavior toward the environment. Through this consciousness, viewers acquire new appreciations and ways of seeing, and can thus choose to walk with softer steps.”