World-renowned Langley photographer emerges into expressive abstract artist
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World-renowned Langley photographer emerges into expressive abstract artist

Eric Klemm wanted to become an artist from an early age. Now, at 79, he’s had countless shows with his photos. But this week he launches his first exhibit of his paintings. (Mariette Klemm/Special to the Langley Advance) by Alex Wilks/Special to the Langley Advance With more than 30 solo art exhibitions between Canada, the U.S.A., and Europe, Eric Klemm is no stranger to having his photography put on display. Except this time around it’s not his photographs, but his newest collection of abstract paintings that will be exhibited at Fort Gallery. “I really have a personal connection. It is composition, colour, and beauty that makes the difference,” the Walnut Grove resident explained, describing the feeling of his paintbrush to the canvas. “Paintings talk to me, they don’t need an introduction or explanation. That’s how I think art needs to be and what makes them so compelling.” Klemm grew up in Wadern, a small town in Germany by the French border. Even as a child he was fascinated by art. “From my early childhood I wanted to become an artist,” he recounted, depicting his early job as a landscape painter. “It was then when [I] got in touch with […]

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