Born in Guernsey, Eric Snell left the island in 1972 to do an Art Foundation course at Birmingham Polytechnic. A year later he move to London to study Fine Art at Hornsey College of Art. On completing his studies Snell set up his first studio in the East End of London. In 1984 he was invited to represent Britain at the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona and later that year he moved, with his wife Joanna Littlejohns, to Berlin as ‘artist in residence’ on the prestigious DAAD international fellowship programme.
With numerous exhibitions in Europe, Japan, Scandinavia and North America when Snell returned to Guernsey in the early 90’s he was invited by the Education Department to set up the first school of art in the island. Based at Grange House and part of the Guernsey College of Further Education he went on, together with Joanna Littlejohns, to establish the first artist in residence initiative in the island.
Designer of the Liberation Monument in 1994 and recipient of an Arts Council of England International Research Fellowship in 2004 Eric Snell, with ‘View through to the other side of the World’, dug a ‘virtual’ hole through to the Museum of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia.
As a Commissioner on the Guernsey Arts Commission and Founding Director of the Art and Islands Foundation Eric Snell believes that Guernsey and the other islands in the Bailiwick, are perfectly positioned to play a major role in shaping and defining a new direction in art that will help enrich the quality and texture of island life, while placing the Bailiwick firmly on the cultural map.