Jon Eric Riis is an American artist who asks contemporary questions in the traditional medium of tapestry.These creations are often sumptuous, sometimes disturbing and always unforgettable.
The artist always uses his own cartoons and weaves everything himself by hand on a vertical loom (haute lisse).On a cotton warp, he works silk as well as metallic threads.In the last dozen years, he embellishes the weaving with embroideries of natural pearls, crystal or coral beads.The perfection of his technique makes the motif almost hyperrealist, the beadwork gives them a look of belonging in a royal treasure.
One originality of Jon Eric Riis is the creation of a double woven coat not intended for wear but bearing its own message.The artist plays with the revealed and the hidden aspects of a garment, the outside décor confronting a surprising inside décor discovered when the front panels of the coat are folded back.
Because of the mastery of his technique and audacity of his visions, the work of Jon Eric Riis soon attracted the attention of the most important American institutions and are now in the prestigious collections of the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, among others.His creations have been seen in more than fifty exhibitions across the world since 1996.
The work of Jon Eric Riis knows no frontiers in time or in space: he is without doubt one of the artists who is exploring in a singular manner the new territories of tapestry.