Born in Wigan in 1957, Eric Gaskell studied painting and printmaking at Wigan College and Sunderland College. After leaving art college he won two painting scholarships, to New York and Istanbul and the Sunderland Fine Art prize. Since then, he has continually worked in the creative industry; making, teaching and illustrating. He has exhibited in New York, Quebec, Ghent, Dublin, London and around the UK in numerous solo and group shows since the early 1980s.
Gaskell is a Member of the RBSA, and a Member of the Society of Graphic Fine Art and the Printmakers Council and has worked in private collections around the world and public collections in the UK. Drawing is key to his work and has been since college – it is a diary, an academic exercise and a way to work through ideas.
For as long as Gaskell can remember he has made art that is colourful in nature. Colour is an intuitive act and he tends to let colour tell him what and where it should be.