‘Unto the Breach’ by Erich J. Moffitt
Artist: Erich J. Moffitt
Title: ‘Unto the Breach’
Medium: Acrylic on Panel
Dimensions: 18″ x 12″
Framing: Framed (Frame Size: 19.5″ x 13.5″)
Year of Creation: 2019
About the Artwork:
“This piece began in 2019 and was completed around the dawn of the new decade. I wanted to capture the vulnerability felt while looking towards the future, the weight of the past, as well as the hope of a new chapter. A horse without rider, dressed with a reversed saddle and boots in the stirrups, would traditionally follow the funeral procession of a fallen hero, with the expectation that it would join him in the great beyond. The path to the gate is dark and narrow, but the horse is guided by a peasant boy, who grips the reins firmly and cheers him on. The title is taken from Shakespeare’s ‘Henry V’.” – Erich J. Moffitt
About the Artist:
Erich J. Moffitt is an internationally exhibited artist and illustrator who spent his childhood growing up in rural Austria, before moving to the United States with his family. After receiving his BFA degree in illustration from UNC Charlotte, and painting prolifically for several years, he would eventually relocate to the Pacific Northwest. He currently shares a home with his wife, near Seattle, WA.
In his work, Erich fuses the rich aesthetic of imperial European art with 21st century progressive humanist philosophy. This often takes the form of re-contextualizing the symbols of classical legend and myth in new, contemporary narratives that emphasize a love of wilderness, the countryside, and animal life. Characters made of glass, painted porcelain, and precious metals co-mingle with the natural world, and reclaim man-made spaces. Many of his paintings are fables, featuring totemic animal archetypes and talismanic objects.