Eric Peris is one of South East Asia’s foremost photographers, who is best known for his evocative, monochrome landscapes. He often hand tints works, thereby combining his painterly and photographic aesthetics.
Born in Johor, Peris studied physics at the University of Singapore, but throughout his life he studied art under his father, the Royal Artist of Johor, and later taught himself the art of Photography. Peris’ background in Physics has contributed to his artistic aesthetic, as he used his study to look at his subjects through different angles.
Now in his 70s, Peris’ lifetime of work covers a wide range of subject matter, however throughout all his art spirituality, poetry and nature permeates. Buddhism is central to Peris’ work, and his stills often capture aspects of his faith – nothing is permanent. His work captures the fleeting nature of life itself, and the impermanence of both nature and manmade structures. Moreover, Buddhism teaches one never to accept things at face value, and Peris uses his work to question the world around him.
Peris’ work is characterised by his evocative, hauntingly beautiful landscapes, underpinned by the tension between natural and man-made elements.
Limestone Cliffs in a Mining Pool, 2012
45 x 68 cm
Landscapes – A Photographic Study of the Tin Mine Landscapes, Malaysia, 1980
Images of Gitanjali, (Pictorial study of the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore), 1984
The Malaysian Heritage Homes, 1989
Asian Art Newspaper, November 2007
TIN MINE LANDSCAPE SERIES – Twenty three images in series (See digital gallery).
Black & White Lambda Print, Edition 10
36” x 54”, Ed 1 – 5; 18” x 27in, Ed 6 – 10.
2000 - Current Chairman, Press Awards for Photography, Malaysia
Consultant for photojournalist training programs
Judge for regional and local photography contests
1996 Co-curator, national program, Photography as Art, National Art Gallery , Kuala Lumpur
1994 Jury member of the 18th Photo Contest in Asia/Pacific Region, organised for UNESCO (ACCU)
1991-1994 Photo Editor of The New Straits Times (national newspaper)
1988-1990 Photographic consultant and photo coordinator for the Trans Borneo Expeditions
1987-1989 Conducted New Straits Times/Kodak Photographic Outing program for amateurs
1986-19991 ASEAN and National level Co-chairman of the yearly National Productivity Photographic Contest
1984-1986 Photographic coordinator and Director of the Confederation of ASEAN Journalists
1982-1983 Malaysian delegate to the ASEAN Symposium of Painting, Photography and Graphic Art in Bangkok and in Kuala Lumpur
2013 National Art and Visual Gallery Award for contribution to Photography, Malaysia Select Major Exhibitions
Tin Mine Landscapes, Shalini Ganendra Fine Art
Parallax ASEAN: Changing Landscapes and Wandering Stars, Seoul, South Korea
2012 Mal, Kuala Lumpur
2011 Images of George Town 70s, 80s,, Alpha Gallery, Penang
2010 Winds of Desire, an exhibition by Malaysian artists of Indian and Sri Lankan origin, The Annexe Gallery, Central Market, Kuala Lumpur
2009 The Way I See Kuala Lumpur
2008 Out of the Box, Shalini Ganendra Fine Art
Stirring Odissi, Gallery Petronas, Kuala Lumpur
The Form and Emptyness, Joint exhibition Eric Peris and Victor Chin, KL Performing Arts Centre Significant Collections National Gallery of Art, Malaysia
Petronas Gallery, Malaysia
Central Bank of Malaysia
Numerous local and international private collections.
Pine needles, acorns and sand
Handcoloured, unique print
Tracks in the sand
Jigsaw Mud Bank, 2012
45 x 68 cm
Palong and Small Village Hut, 2012
45 x 68 cm
Common Reeds, 2012
45 x 68 cm