"My work is the consequence of the sculptor that I almost am, of the architect that I would have liked to have been and of the designer that I am not quite."
Eric Schmitt began by forging his own pieces at the frontiers of sculpture. Fabulous totems, tables decorated with motifs evoking witchcraft, tall candlestick with cabalistic ornaments, reflect an incandescent imagination and express an unbridled and assumed fantasy. He worked, blowtorch in hand, on the walls of the first showroom of the Galerie En Attendant les Barbares, in the rue du Faubourg Montmartre, which he "peels" and scarifies as he pleases. Then a meeting with Pierre Basse, the official iron-smith of the gallery, and ex-iron-smith of Diego Giacometti, will allow him to devote all his time to creation, and to produce only the prototypes, faithfully reproduced by this exceptional craftsman. Over time, he embarked on a brilliant career, punctuated by numerous exhibitions, in France, as well as in the United States, in Germany, and in England. Prestigious decorators such as Christian Liaigre and Jacques Grange call on him for their projects. However, during these decades, he continued to be faithful to the galerie En Attendant les Barbares. In 2015, his creation "La Souche" was presented at the French Embassy in Rome, as part of the exhibition. The same year, Norma editions published his monograph. Always working with noble materials, such as wrought-iron and bronze, gold and marble, Eric Schmitt today considers himself a designer-sculptor.
2020: "Diego Giacometti Forever", Galerie En Attendant les Barbares, Paris 2020: "HomeMade", Galerie En Attendant les Barbares, Paris 2019: "Family Affair", Galerie Ibu, Paris 2019: Galerie Dutko, Paris 2017: Galerie Ralph Pucci, New York 2016: "Filiations", Galerie En Attendant les Barbares, Paris 2016: Design @ Farnese, French Embassy, Palazzo Farnese, Rome 2015: "Masculin pluriels", Galerie En Attendant les Barbares, Paris 2015: "AD Collections", Quai d´Orsay, Paris 2013: Ibu Gallery, Paris 2013: Galerie Dutko, Paris 2013: Galerie Ralph Pucci 2012: Ralph Pucci, Los Angeles 2011: "On the Rocks", Galerie Ralph Pucci, New York 2011: Ibu Gallery, Paris 2011: "Or (s)", Galerie En Attendant les Barbares, Paris 2010: Valérie Goodman Gallery, New York 2010: "En Attendant 25 ans", Galerie En Attendant les Barbares, Paris 2006: Personal exhibition at the Galerie Ralph Pucci, New-York 2005: "Artist's Furniture" exhibition at the Chateauroux Museum 2004: Saint Pères Gallery, Paris 1996: Peter Goebbel Gallery, Stuttgart 1992: Galerie Neotu, Paris 1991: "The European Capitals", Center Pompidou, Paris 1990: Galerie En Attendant les Barbares, Paris 1990: "The Via Years", Museum of Decorative Arts, Paris 1987: Via Gallery, Paris 1986: First pieces exhibited at the En Attendant les Barbares showroom