Muralist and Painter Eric Beare
I first saw the name Eric Beare in a 2002 issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine. He had been commissioned by Martha to paint a mural in the front entrance of her home in Connecticut based on the work of American painter Rufus Porter: simplistic hills and valleys and stylized trees all painted in a subdued grisaille palette ascending beside the staircase to the second floor of her home. It was only recently that I reached out to Eric to ask him about that mural and its inception. You can read his comments here.
Eric has a prolific and exceptional talent. His work extends into three-dimensional sculptural pieces, wall paintings in all manner of styles (traditional to abstract) and, of course, murals. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and began working freelance for Martha Stewart Living magazine after moving to NYC. Since then, his client list has ballooned substantially and he has been featured in the pages of Architectural Digest, Florida Design, House & Garden and the New York Times.
He has worked with fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi and has had his work exhibited at the American Museum of Natural History and the Cooper Hewitt Museum. He lives in Brooklyn where he shares a house with his two assistants (his poodles Mia and Sheriff) and tends to his beloved garden, which inspired these five botanical paintings of peonies, pitcher plants and dahlias. To see the vast array of Eric’s work, please visit his website.
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