Direction! Not good with them, I’ll let the work dictate direction.
New Jersey-based artist Erik Minter makes paintings that bridge abstractions into a surreal figuration. With a long period working in commercial design, it was only natural for him to draw and paint digitally, manipulating photographs from his own physical painting swatches into his work where colors could push levels of saturation. Today, Minter returns to his love towards the surface and the physical paint which allows him to express what he is most curious about in life and the state of the world we are developing, Its more immediate and 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.
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
There is a flow between colors, lines, organic shapes and movements to bring out a kind of freshness, spontaneity and playfulness within his process that is so moving to look at. Minter’s specialty is the liminal space between the conscious and the unconscious, the real and the unreal, the present and the future. Slick industrial finishes remind us of the perfections of which the human mind and vision are capable, while the organic form of the chrysalis, which appears in his work, seems to indicate the process of becoming in which humanity still stands. His work is a consideration of personal alchemy that explores pleasures, ironies and the mutable and plastic nature of existence.
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
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)
1997-2000 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NEW
1996 Life Studies Courses Corcoran Museum, Washington DC