One Hundred Monkeys is a series of paintings based on the "100th Monkey Theory of Shared Consciousness", a concept based on a 1950’s research project in Japan. Scientists at the time found the breaking point for shared consciousness among a community of island-bound Macaque monkeys.
100 Monkeys, 2007 (panel mounted, acrylic on paper 52" x 34")
Steiff #3, 2009 (panel mounted, acrylic on paper 52" x 34")
Gold’s portrait series began in 2007 with a series of paintings of 100 Monkey Faces. He then experimented with painting deconstructed portraits and, in 2010, travelled to Japan to photograph and paint the descendants of the 100th Monkey Theory research subjects.
The project culminated with Gold’s journey to Koshima Island in southern Japan to meet and photograph Macaque monkeys, descendants of the original 1950’s study.
Eric Gold’s Steiff #3 painting was a winning finalist in the 2011 Courvoisier Collective competition and exhibited at Gallery 1313 in Toronto.