“Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink in the wild air” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Bold colors, geometric patterns, and botanical profiles capture the eye in Erik Abel’s artwork. Inspired by his love of the ocean, surfing and travel, Abel’s work articulates the spirit of the water and awe of nature. His roots as a California surfer intermingle with his experiences living in the Pacific Northwest as well as traveling to the South Pacific and Central America, imparting an organic, tribal style to his subjects and compositions. Upon a closer look, Abel’s graphic imagery unfolds to tell the story of his paintings. Accents peak through unexpectedly revealing the layers of color Abel cloaks in each piece while loose strokes of colored pencil and marker create dimension. Abel lives and works a few steps from the Pacific Ocean in Northern Oregon. His original pieces have been featured in galleries across the country while his commercial work has attracted clients including Patagonia, Reef, REI and Billabong. Currently Abel is focusing on giving back to environmental and humanitarian projects through nonprofit partnerships, exhibitions, and commercial projects.