BIOGRAPHY Child of the "régie Renault" Eric grew up in Mantes-la-Jolie. Very quickly, he drew on Thursday afternoons in the MJC of Gassicourt and later he enrolled in the painting and live model class. At the age of 16, he passed the Auguste Renoir Technical High School competition and graduated in Applied Arts to design advertising campaigns. But he was not satisfied with his job and at the same time he joined a painting workshop in the Xème, rue Béranger and he made some collective exhibitions in Paris. The exchanges between painters are strong and instructive. He discovers the work of Giacometti, Soulages and Basquiat all three are free in their approach and it pleases him enormously. Drawing will become stronger over the years to become essential in his search for the perfect line. For a few years he has been getting closer to some artists who like him are looking for "light" through engraving and drawing. ARTISTIC APPROACH The line is the driving force. It carries with it a line, a series of dots connected to each other, naturally, from seduction to seduction. And what becomes of this line? What can happen to it in the adversity of chance, of white paper, of the capricious movement of the hand? Yet it becomes. And Eric Dabancourt's work reflects this subtle, skilful, unique and singular metamorphosis. The approach of the artist who, through his experiments with ink and pen, observes again and again the life of the line he creates, a furtive and instinctive birth. Drawing is a first person in the plural that leads to the most vast of explorations, the one that unites us to the other, exchanges, crosses, transgresses, surpasses, embraces. With this line which is multiple, the line is several, and the accident is never a dead end. The accident is a pretext to go further. By mixing the material object with the factual trait, Eric Dabancourt intends to make the sensitive worlds dialogue, in order to see how far communication can be established. Like a small theatre of light and shadow, the obstacles speak to the paths, and become one, in the adversity of creation, endlessly subjected to the hazards of interpretation.