Direction! I’ll let the work dictate a flow.
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 push 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
My work is about capturing the emotion of an experience, perhaps that I once had or dreamed of having. I’m interested in finding figuration out of a kind of fluid abstraction, whereby outcomes dictate surprises. It’s kind of a choose your own adventure scenario. My process has to be immediate, almost created in one sitting, so the prep and meditation before I lay the first colors down, require the most time. If I’m not relaxed, I’ll sometimes find myself over working the piece and our eyes sense that deliberation. Starting fresh is usually the better solution to get that spontaneity and playfulness that I believe reflects my personality and how I envision the world.
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