Eric Shupe was born in Baltimore and had an interesting childhood. After gaining full custody of Eric, his father, Ed, took him on a “ten-year walk-about” where they lived in nudist colonies, various sail boats, and in tiki huts on the beaches of Hawaii. Eric’s dad encouraged him to take his own path and create a unique style of thinking. Shupe took these lessons and would express his individually through art, sculpting figurative artworks in stainless steel flatware. As a bodybuilder and personal trainer, Shupe is inspired by the human form. He uses individual, layered pieces of silverware to mimic abdominals, biceps, and striations in leg muscles.
“Every day I see and feel the beauty of the world that surrounds us; from a human figure to the simple beauty of a line. It is this beauty that inspires me to create from the simple lines of silverware. I create sculptures that capture moments in time and share that with the world. I am awed and inspired by the power of what my eyes see. I absorb that power and capture all of its movement and energy in my art.”