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James Erikson

James Erikson

About the Artist

James Erikson grew up in Central Pennsylvania wandering the fields and getting lost in the woods. After college he moved to Philadelphia for a few years before going to New York City to pursue his Masters degree. James has lived in Philadelphia for over ten years now where he works at the public library and makes art.

While living in cities James has felt constantly drawn to nature, and feels that good abstract painting can only come from nature. He began painting on his own by making plein air landscape studies, then spent a decade making collage…

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About the Artist

James Erikson grew up in Central Pennsylvania wandering the fields and getting lost in the woods. After college he moved to Philadelphia for a few years before going to New York City to pursue his Masters degree. James has lived in Philadelphia for over ten years now where he works at the public library and makes art.

While living in cities James has felt constantly drawn to nature, and feels that good abstract painting can only come from nature. He began painting on his own by making plein air landscape studies, then spent a decade making collages that influenced his abstract paintings. The tendency to cut things and shift them around, as well as his history with nature and landscape painting are a big influence on his studio practice. Even when he’s directly influenced by a scene in Philadelphia the reason it catches his eye is because of a particular light or a connection between nature and urban decay. Erikson is affiliated with the Drawing Space and Artists Space of New York and the Mahan Gallery in Columbus, OH.

Artist's Work

Today-leaf
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Today a Leaf

By James Erikson

It-was-rising
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It Was Rising

By James Erikson

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Suite to a Bird

By James Erikson

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Thin Ice

By James Erikson

Selected Exhibitions

  • "RSVP 2" Group exhibition at LGTripp Gallery
    Philadelphia, PA, 2011
  • Northwood 3: Keith Crowley, James Erikson, Tim Gierschick, Second Space Arts at OMCM
    Philadelphia, PA, 2010
  • Philadelphia Painters curated by Matthew Farina at The Painting Center
    New York, NY, 2010
  • Inliquid 10 x 10 Benefit at Ice Box Project Space of Crane Art Building,
    Philadelphia, PA, 2009
  • Orisons: Enduring Promise at Aughinbaugh Art Gallery of Messiah College
    Grantham, PA, 2009

Education

  • City University of New York, Queens College, M.L.S.
    Queens, NY,2000 
  • State Universtiy of New York, Purchase College, M.F.A.
    Purchase, NY,1997 
  • Messiah College, B.A.
    Grantham, PA,1992