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Erik B White

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Birthplace
Redwood City, CA

Birth year
1977

Lives in
Los Altos

Works in
San Francisco

Website

Representing galleries
City Art Gallery, Artists Haven Gallery

Statement

Erik White was born in Redwood City, California, November 15, 1977. He has been painting and drawing since he could walk. Attracted to color and contrast from a young age, he would spend hours drawing as a child. By the age of four Erik had developed a love for painting. Even as a young boy he saw how painting can change a person's perspective. Paintings explain the language of dreams, and birth new worlds that never before existed. His earliest work combines dream imagery with the natural world he spent so many hours studying and drawing. Starting as many children do with finger paints, pastels, and water colors, Erik began to use acrylics in grade school, and by high school was working in oils.

Graduating from UC Berkeley in 2002 as an English major, he had taken several more Art classes in college, and the classical techniques no longer seemed satisfactory to deal with the new world. Depressed and stressed from the pressure of school and the events of 9/11, he began to search for a method of painting which was both cathartic and beautiful. Using house paint and furniture paint, in the style of Jackson Pollock, a completely new style emerged. Pools of paint on the canvas's surface capture the movement of paint under the pull of gravity. He named this style Gravitational Art.

The mechanization of the body in the painting process creates forms that mimic nature. Gravitational Art advances the style of Jackson Pollock by creating an abstract experience that is equally capable of representing the microcosm of tree branches or the macrocosm of the universe. The lines and splatters used in the technique are completely reformed as gravity moves the paint. The captured movement is a mirror to nature as the frozen lines contain the force of gravity that pulled them. Cracks open as the top layers dry and then separate, exposing the lower layers. Paint overlaps so the light and dark colors swirl like the spirals of overlapping galaxies. Contrasting colors form shapes like Rorschach inkblots that become clouds, leaves, water, wind, and space.

The movement of the paint pulled by gravity is a frozen record of the force that holds our world together. The paint is a visual representation of those invisible vibrations. The colors combine to create an experience that is as beautiful as the nature it mimics. As powerful as the force of gravity that helped to create it, Gravitational Art connects the viewer to the forces of nature with compositions that are dynamic and colorful. Each person's reaction will be connected to their own personal history, and the emotions those color combinations evoke.

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