Eric Snell


Eric Snell, an artist with a career spanning over four decades, has consistently explored the intricate relationship between materials, processes, and the natural forces that surround us. From his earliest experimental Kite Drawings, through to his magnetic and burnt wood work right up to his Horizon and Common Blue Series, Snell has been interested in exploring how these elements cannot only collaborate to support, shape, and inform his work but he is also interested to see how these components can often dictate the outcome.

Central to Snell's artistic philosophy is the concept of the artist as a catalyst, a mediator who brings together disparate elements to create a visual as well as cerebral and physical balance – always looking for that inherent, self-determining "sense of rightness."

As an alumnus of the Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD and a past resident of the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, Snell in 2003 was awarded an Arts Council of England International Research Fellowship when he dug a virtual hole through to the other side of the world. A visiting guest professor at the Casper David Friedrich Institute, at the University of Greifswald in Germany Eric Snell is currently based in Wiltshire where he continues to push the boundaries of his artistic practice.

Born, Guernsey, Channel Islands. GB

One-Year Art Foundation Course, Birmingham Polytechnic, England


BA Fine Art (1st Class Hons) Hornsey College of Art, London

Guest Lecturer, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Canada

Guest Lecturer, Slade School of Art, University College, London

Awarded the DAAD International Artist-in-Residence Fellowship
Lived and worked in Berlin, Germany

Visiting Lecturer, Middlesex University, London

Part-time Lecture, Adult Education Programme, Guernsey College

Visiting Lecturer, École des Beaux Arts, Caen, France

Awarded the Cité Internationale des Arts Scholarship
Lived and worked in Paris, France

Associate Professor, École des Beaux Arts, Caen, France

Set up and headed the first School of Art and Design, Guernsey College

Co-founder/co-organiser of the International Artist in Residence Programme

Royal Society of Arts, Civic Trust Award (for the design of the Liberation Monument)

Roswell Artist-in-Residence Programme
Lived and worked in New Mexico, USA

Arts Council of England International Research Fellowship
Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Lived and worked in Queensland, Australia

Rootstein Hopkins Foundation Major Project Award

Ambassador of the Year Award, Guernsey

Executive Founding Director, Art and Islands Foundation

Work in Public Collections

  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria
  • Constructivist Collection, University of East Anglia, Norwich, England
  • Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Gallery of Modern Art/Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
  • Bayer Collection, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • Agnes Etherington Arts Center, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • Lannan Foundation, Los Angeles, USA
  • National Collection for Contemporary Art, Paris, France
  • Mendoza Foundation, Caracas, Venezuela
  • Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, USA
  • Museum Pfalzgalerie, Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • Donald Anderson Museum, Roswell, New Mexico, USA
  • Guernsey Museum, Guernsey, Channel Islands
  • Peter C Ruppert Collection, Wurzburg Museum, Germany