CM: Eddie Tjeno Ericsson is an artist with an incessant interest to experiment with painting. He works on large canvases in a direct, instant and intense manner. Valuing equally both rhythm and structure as well as spontaneity and control, he works the surface of his canvases with successive layers of paint, applying and ex cavating until the picture captures its spirit and becomes expressive. He renders the material transparent, so that the hand may tell the history of his painting, just as life leaves its traces on the human face. He prefers intense, dark, earthy colors as well as shades of black and white. A painting can appear to be almost monochrome, but upon closer inspection the viewer may discern a multitude of shades, colors, and transparent layers. He often starts off with a single color and experiments with it at length in order to explore all of its possibilities.
Tjeno Ericsson's painting Tribute to Black Spots, relates to the passing of his mother and is a sad and tender memory of her gravely senile, living in her own insecure world where 'black spots' take over, terrify her and in the end cause her death. The black spots she saw on and around her, were actually a fiction of her imagination. In any case, however, they made her not want to live any more. With this tribute to his mother, Tjeno Ericsson seeks to shake the horror off these black spots and reinstate them simply as something uncanny.