Moments Prior


Eric Budovitch’s formal education began without studio intentions at McGill University where he studied Art History, focusing on the works of 17th century.

When he turned to producing art, he began by enrolling in a traditional French Academy known for its emphasis on meticulous measuring. Moving from that system to a more expansive one he earned, with scholarship, a Masters of Fine Arts from the New York Academy. While in New York he was concurrently enrolled at the Art Student’s League in order to study with colourist Nelson Shanks. The next summer he apprenticed with Odd Nerdrum, a Norwegian figurative painter.

Mr. Budovitch has been living and working in Toronto where he has taught at the Avenue Road Arts School, shown at the Loch Gallery and currently operates a team building business focused on bringing art into the office.

He was a recipient of a Greenshields Foundation Scholarship for work in figurative art, and has participated in the Kingston Portrait Prize in Kingston Ontario.

He shows principally with Gallery 78 and is represented in the collection of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

Artist Statement

Before another’s arrival, we prepare.  There’s a special beauty to preparations; the motions we go through when others aren’t looking. These solitary periods offer something to us because of their private nature. Our guard is down and perhaps we are more ourselves at these points then we are after; when it’s time to pose for photos for posts online that say: “This is us. At this moment. (But never before.)”