New Jersey-based artist Erik Minter makes paintings that bridge abstraction into a surreal figuration. With a long career working in commercial design, it was natural for him to draw and paint digitally from the start, manipulating photographs from his own physical painting swatches into his digital originals where colors push saturation. Today, Minter returns to paint and the physical surface allowing him to express an emotion and what he is most curious about in life. It’s more immediate, 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
I’m into capturing the emotion of an experience, perhaps that I once had or dreamt. There always seems to be a kind of subtle figuration within my 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 and marks down require the most bit of decisioning. If I find myself aware of my surroundings during my flow, the piece can start to feel overworked, it’s in that moment in which my intuition tells me to start over as I feel our eyes can sense the deliberation.
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