In his latest solo exhibition at Bravin Lee in New York, Erik Olson portrays his friends in 12 paintings and 5 wooden sculptures. Entitled "New Portraits", the series is dominated by energetic brushstrokes, saturated hues and discontinuity of forms.
Everything moves in the works of this Canadian artist. Both the paintings and sculptures are divided on the surface by geometric slices that seem to simultaneously sway in different directions.
Among the artist's inspirations are Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach and Lucian Freud. References are blended and re-elaborated in a relentless magma. The pictorial and sculptural matter of Erik Olson acts like a planet traversed by micro tectonic plates, in search of a new structure.
"Although there isn’t a clear narrative in each painting, I pull everything from my life experiences, so there’s an autobiographical story running through them", the artist explains. Olson was recently nominated in the list of "100 Painters of Tomorrow". The initiative will culminate with an exhibition at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts and a book published by Thames and Hudson.
Photos via erikolson.ca