Eric David Laxman
Eric David Laxman is a multi-media artist who lives and works in Valley Cottage, NY. He graduated from Tufts University with a BS in Chemistry and attended the School of The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA. He has exhibited his diverse works throughout the metropolitan area and nationwide. Laxman was awarded the County Executive Art Award for Visual Artist in 2007 and has been recognized by numerous local organizations for his community service. He is currently the Treasurer of the Sculptors Guild, who celebrated its 80th Anniversary in 2017.
Laxman was a Semi-Finalist for the Mario Cuomo Sculpture Competition and has completed numerous public sculpture commissions, including a Lobby Sculpture and two exterior fountain sculptures for River Tides, a new residential development in Yonkers. At Rockland Community College’s 9-11 Memorial Garden, Laxman artfully combined parts of salvaged steel I-beams from the World Trade Center Site with other steel and marble elements in “Spirit Rising.” His custom furniture and sculptures have been featured in The New York Times, Journal News Home Design Magazine, The Artful Home, Hudson Valley Magazine, The Hook, Metrohouse Magazine, Rockland Magazine, Rivertown, and others.
Sculpture is a personal journey and exploration that helps me interpret and make sense of the world around me. I have physically wrestled with hard stone and metal in order to develop a means for integrating disparate elements into coherent abstract and figurative compositions. This is fueled by a desire to express the themes of transformation,
growth, balance, and movement. It is my intention to create sculptures that seem spontaneous and inevitable using a process that is extremely labor-intensive and deliberate. Seeking is a constant; to transform my materials while at the same time respecting and acknowledging their unique properties and their raw fundamental nature. This duality, a recognition of the discreet parts and the creation of a new unified whole is the essence of my creative process. Cutting, drilling, splitting, and breaking marble and granite; forging, welding, and reassembling steel, bronze, and stainless steel has become a metaphoric struggle for achieving balance.
Found objects have a unique and mysterious history and when combined together can create a new and equally compelling story.
Reacting spontaneously to the shape, textures, and essence of these raw materials I am able to construct new realities and access fantastical and playful realms.