French painter and illustrator Thomas Ehretsmann was born in Mulhouse, France. He completed his studies at the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg in 1998 and has led a successful career in illustration for over a decade. Notably, his work has been featured in the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Elle Magazine and various European and American books and journals. In 2009, he spent several months in Norway studying with the internationally recognized painter, Odd Nerdrum. He received a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators of New York in 2011, and a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators West in 2013.His works have been exhibited at Gallery Brulee in Strasbourg and at Gallery l’Oeil du Prince in Paris.
Ehretsmann works primarily in acrylic on paper, utilizing that medium’s versitility in allowing both thin watercolor-like transparency and thickly opaque passages.Much of Ehretsmann’s work involves portraiture. Even those images that are not direct portraits convey a feeling that the artist has captured a portrait of his models in the course of creating the image.I particularly enjoy his use of chiaroscuro and theatrical shadow effects. Even in his most simple and straightforward compositions, Ehretsmann conveys a feeling of drama and a sense of impending events about to unfold.