Artist-of-the-fortnight: Jim Erikson

This week, as I was racking my brain to think of another fine (not in a hierarchical sense; just meaning high quality) artist to you all, in the ongoing series of Artist-of-the-fortnight, I received an email from Jim Erikson. I met him a few years ago, through connections at Messiah College, but hadn't heard anything of him was a nice surprise. And, so is his work...his paintings and collages have a certain northeast-hardened, Bay Area sense to them; more Diebenkorn than David Park. Subtle colors and shapes that have a quiet harmony to them. But, check them out:

I normally post an image of an actual painting, but Peng Gallery has the entire site covered by copyright, so the email image will have to suffice.

Rubens –   – (Wednesday, 23 November, 2005)  

Nice of you to show some collage. Lately at home I've been doing some drawings with some of that in the mix. Hope to show it to you soon. love brother

Rubens –   – (Wednesday, 23 November, 2005)  

Last week I was bugging out on some Romare Bearden goods too.Mark and I did a collage piece with our students. Well, back to Jim Erikson, I liked that "morning after blue" piece. You're right, very Diebenkorn.

Anonymous –   – (Thursday, 01 December, 2005)  

A quick question. What is the difference when something is done on a panel instead of a canvas?

GIERSCHICK  – (Thursday, 01 December, 2005)  

Hi anonymous...a quick answer: generally, when the word panel is used, it refers to a stiff, stationary surface such as (traditionally) a solid wood panel, Masonite (pressboard), or other stable, flat surface. Canvas as a term, on the other hand, is normally used when a cotton-duck or linen material (cloth) is stretched around a wooden armature (stretcher) for tautness, and tacked on the sides or back of the stretcher. Occasionally, canvas is stretched around a panel, creating a different type of surface. Hope that helps.

Anonymous –   – (Friday, 02 December, 2005)  

That helps. Thank you very much.

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