Looking at a painting by Mark Erickson is an experience in color and movement. His paintings express spontaneous unchecked energy, allowing viewers to sense the artist’s creative process and his physical involvement with the canvas. What was once a groundbreaking revolution in American art becomes a rich tradition and point of departure for Erickson. Influences of DeKooning, Rothko, Pollock and Francis are clearly felt, yet the direction is Erickson’s own and the paintings are fresh, new and completely contemporary. His paintings are decidedly landscapes, but the terrain traveled is uncharted and is as “internal” as it is “external”.
Mark Erickson was born in Hollywood, California and now lives in Oakland. He has exhibited his work in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans and Carmel and has collectors from across the U.S. as well as Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Italy, England, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia.