ABOUT ERIK

New Jersey-based artist Erik Minter makes paintings that bridge abstraction into a surreal figuration. With a long career working in commercial design, it was natural for him to draw and paint digitally from the start, manipulating photographs from his own physical painting swatches into his digital originals where colors push saturation. Today, Minter returns to paint and the physical surface allowing him to express an emotion and what he is most curious about in life. It’s more immediate, the outcomes are filled with surprise. I treat my work as if I’m building out a storyboard, channeling the metaphysical through past, present and future experiences.

FORCE AND PHENOMENON

Gabriel Diego Delgado

Erik Minter lives and works in New Jersey. Minter received a BFA from The Pratt Institute on a Presidential Scholarship as well as being a National Talent Search Winner. He was the recipient of the Pratt Institute Circle Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, the schools highest honor. After college Erik went on an interesting creative journey that landed him many unique opportunities from, creating murals and sculptures for many different artists, including, Matthew Barney and his Cremaster 3 film, designing award winning packaging in the skincare industry, to creating visual merchandise design for large national retailers. During this period he’s had spurts of showing his art in group shows, featured in boutique hotels, public and private collections.


ABOUT THE WORK

As a painter, I explore the human interaction we have with gravity, light and speed. Experimenting with both my own physical limits in achieving the gesture, to the environment that surrounds us, affecting how the paint cures and how light reacts, it’s through these acts and variables in my process that help me seek new meaning in my painterly expression. I have developed a set of tendencies through my explorations, many of which now combine to create works of art that constantly evolve.


CURRICULUM VITAE

Exhibitions

2020   6 Pieces ongoing exhibit at Google NYC, 111 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

2020   2 Paintings exhibited at Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Art Fair (fourth Edition), January 9-12 with Rosenbaum Contemporary

2019   “Force and Phenomenon, 150 NW 51st, Boca Raton, FL (Rosenbaum Contemporary Acquisition) Learn more

2009   “Art Walk” Hotel Indigo, 10 Flint Road, Amherst, NY (Solo)

2009   “Island Heat”, AIDS Family Services, 15th Annual Fundraising Gala, 40  Gates Circle, Buffalo, NY  (2 pieces auctioned)

2008   “Quetzalcoatl Countdown,   4444 Main Street, Buffalo NY (Solo)

2008    “Karma Cab Boa”  Hallwalls Members Exhibition, Buffalo NY (group)

2006    “Feminine Mystique”  KFMK Gallery (group) 515 w 29th Street, 1st Floor Chelsea, New York, NY

2003     “Chashama Benefit Show, (Safe Horizon)  4 Pieces auctioned. 135 West 42nd Street, 1st Floor Project space, New York, NY

2003     World Trade Center Memorial Competition. LMDC  (Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. New York NY

2000     2nd Floor Gallery  East Hall, (2 person show) Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY

2000    “I.P.S” Circus”,  (sculptural installation) Schafler Hall,  (Senior solo show) Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY

1999    “Works on Paper”  Augusta Savage Gallery UMASS, University of Massachusetts

Awards

2000   Highest Honors  (Circle Award) Pratt Institute

1999    1st in show  “Centennial NYC Cityscape Competition” CiticCorp Building, New York NY

1997   National Talent Search Award

1997   MAFF Maryland Artists Equity Foundation  (Materials Awards)

Education

1997-2000 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NEW

1996 Life Studies Courses  Corcoran Museum, Washington DC

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