Eric Edward Esper

Last Flight of the Wingfoot Express / 2014 / Oil on canvas / 36" x 24" / TBD
The Lady Elgin Disaster / 2014 / oil on canvas / 24" x 30" / PLS INQ
The Great Fire of 1871 / 2013 / oil on linen / 48" x 72" / PLS INQ
The Water Crib Fire / 2013 / oil on linen / 20 x 48" / PLS INQ
The Conflagration of the Absolutely Fireproof Iroquois Theater / 2013 / oil on canvas / 25" x 35" / PLS INQ
The Green Hornet Streetcar Inferno / 2013 / oil on canvas / 22" x 27" / PLS INQ
American Airlines Flight 191, 31 Seconds After Takeoff / 2013 / oil on canvas / 30" x 40" / PLS INQ
1977 CTA El Train Derailment / 2013 / oil on canvas / 24" x 36" / PLS INQ
The Capsizing of the Steamer SS Eastland / 2010 / oil on canvas / 29" x 44" / PLS INQ
Our Children of Angels / 2013 / oil on canvas / 24" x 48" / PLS INQ
The Manson Family's Spahn Movie Ranch, 1200 Santa Suzana Pass, Chatsworth, California, 1969 / 2009 / oil on canvas / 24" x 48" / PLS INQ
Heavens Gate Cult Mansion, 18241 Colina Norte, Rancho Santa Fe, California, March 1997 / 2009 / oil on canvas / 24" x 24" / PLS INQ
Mount Carmel, Branch Davidian Compound, Double EE Ranch Road, Waco, Texas, 1993 / 2008 / oil on canvas / 24" x 48" / PLS INQ
Peoples Temple Agricultural Project, Jonestown, Guyana, 1978 / 2008 / oil on canvas / 24" x 48" / PLS INQ

EDUCATION

1995 – BFA, Illustration, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan

SELECT EXHIBITIONS

2014 – Contemporary painting, group Show, University of St. Francis, Waterhead Gallery. Ft. Wayne, Indiana
2013 – Chicago Catastrophes, Conflagrations, and Calamities, Solo show, Linda Warren Projects, Chicago, Illinois
2012 – Group show, Metropolitan Capital Bank, Chicago, Illinois
2012 – Ten year anniversary show, Sulzen Fine Art Studio, Chicago, Illinois
2010 – Group show, Concordia University, River forest, Illinois
2009 – Holiday Show, Sulzen Fine Art Studio, Chicago, Illinois
2008 – Somewhere, Elsewhere, Group show, Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2008 – Scene in Chicago, Group show, Judy Saslow Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2007 – Holiday Show, Sulzen Fine Art Studio, Chicago, Illinois
2007 – Cityscapes, Solo Exhibition, Oculus Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2006 – Solo exhibition, Meztli Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2005 – Around the Coyote 2005, Biannual Art Festival, Chicago, Illinois
2004 – Chicago Art Open 2004, Chicago Artists’ Coalition annual exhibit. Chicago, Illinois
2004 – Chicago Images, Group show, Frederick Baker Inc. Chicago, Illinois
2004 – Around the Coyote Winter Festival, Curator’s Choice Show, Biannual art festival, Chicago, Illinois
2003 – Landscape Unlimited, Group show, Fine Arts Building Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2002 – Chicago Art Open 2002, Chicago Artists’ Coalition annual exhibit, Chicago, Illinois
1998 – Shoe Show, Group show, Ariana Gallery, Royal Oak, Michigan
1998 – Art and Design Alumni Exhibit, Lee Hall Gallery, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan
1997 – Group Show. Streeterville Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

2012 – Blue Cross Blue Shield, Corporate headquarters, Chicago, Illinois
2008/10 – Deutschman & Associates, Corporate headquarters, Chicago, Illinois
2004 – Piper Jaffray Brokerage, Corporate headquarters, Chicago, Illinois

PUBLICATIONS

2011 – Chicago Lawyers Magazine, Chicago, Illinois
1999 – Barfly, Chicago, Illinois
1993/95 – Marquette Monthly, Marquette, Michigan

GRANTS

2011 – CAAP Grant, Chicago, Illinois

After obtaining my BFA in Illustration from Northern Michigan University in 1996 I relocated to Chicago to pursue my artistic endeavors. Here, I began exclusively oil painting and have assembled a body of paintings chronicling scenes of Chicago done primarily in plein air.

Capturing parts of the city’s landscape during its cultural evolution had been my way of conveying history as a painter. My fascination with landscapes and history has led me to create oil paintings of scenes that have affected us in dramatic ways. Recently I have begun painting aerial views of locations that have interesting historical significance, encapsulating true stories that are hard to imagine and harder to forget. My latest paintings capture these places and depict them with historically accurate attention to detail. Using various sources I recreate these scenes with as many photographs of every angle of the incident and research the stories, submersing myself in the event. My newest body of paintings depicts events with a more historically tragic significance, depicting scenes of the darkest hours in America’s Midwest history, where the landscape became the backdrop for tragedy and calamity. These events that irrevocably altered so many lives are important to remember, not only for the people lost and how it affected our culture, but also to remind us that disaster can occur at any time, anywhere.