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 Eric Forlee  (1949 - )

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Lived/Active: California / China      Known for: wildlife in landscape

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A painter of large wild African animals from portraits to panoramas, he was born in China and as a child was fascinated by books and photographs of wildlife on the African continent. His father was African, but he only met him once when he was age 7 and his mother left her young son behind to move permanently to Africa.

He was raised by a grandmother and had an unhappy childhood in Mou Ming. He was forbidden to draw in school because that was reserved as an upper class activity. His formal education ended when he was banished for six years to a labor camp during the Cultural Revolution. He met and married his wife, Mun Yum in the camp, but he made a daring escape to Hong Kong with four other men and nearly drowned in the South Sea.

In Hong Kong he took menial jobs and studied English. His wife joined him, and they had a child, and then he went to South Africa where he had been invited by his father to run his grocery business. He loved Africa but did not have the papers to stay, so returned to Hong Kong where he worked as a commercial artist. Then, sponsored by a family member, he and his wife and child moved to Zimbabwe where he did landscape paintings and showed with a reluctant gallery owner. He became very successful and supported his family well with his paintings

In 1984, he exhibited at the Safari Club International convention in Nevada, and decided to move to America because of the unstable political situation in Africa. He earned his citizenship in 1998.

He has no formal art training and paints primarily from memory because he thinks that photographs destroy the spontaneity of the subject matter. He is work is reproduced by Blackhawk Editions of Danville, California

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