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. Imagery exists for the viewers imagination, it moves and spreads across the canvas in liquid fury.
Abstract Expressionism was once a groundbreaking revolution in American art in the 1940s and 1950s and it has always been a rich tradition and point of departure for Erickson. Past influences are clearly felt, yet a fresh approach is found in his recent paintings. The direction is Erickson’s own and the paintings are fresh, new and completely contemporary. Mark’s paintings are decidedly abstract landscapes and the terrain traveled is uncharted territory. Each painting is another story to tell.
Mark Erickson was born in Hollywood, California and now lives and works with his wife Elena in their Oakland and Venice studios in California. They often exhibit together. Mark has exhibited his work in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New Orleans and Miami. His collectors come from across the U.S., as well as Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Italy, England, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia.
Mark just completed a manuscript for a book, “An Aviator’s Tale – The Men From Painted Woods.” It covers the life of his father, Ernest Anders Erickson, during his Air Corps days in England in 1944 and incorporates Mark’s Grandfather Frank Erickson, a fortunate survivor of the ‘Lost Battalion’ during the First World War. His Uncle Ernest Julius Erickson rounds out the story and his times in the American Expeditionary Force. It is a family tale of heroic encounters with history. At present, Mark is seeking a publisher and would be pleased to be contacted in that regard. A fully illustrated manuscript/PDF can be read at: “An Aviator’s Tale – The Men From Painted Woods.”
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