|Rik Erickson||Biography: Rik Erickson was born the eldest of nine children into a career Air Force family in 1951. This would mean frequent moves across the country and overseas. His father, a P.O.W. in STALLAG 17and amateur artist encouraged his son at an early age to draw and be creative. From the age of five Rik has followed his fathers advice and continued his art. He did a stint in the US Army and after leaving began formal study at The College of DuPage in Wheaton, IL. His main source of learning, however, has always been hands on experience, hard work and experimentation.
Rik is currently working on his on-going ABSTRACT / SYMBOLIC series on canvas. The primary source of inspiration in this new series is the artwork itself usually developing as a result of spontaneous imagery and making use of accident, drippings, splatter and other serendipitous means. This new series also will include metal foils, paper, felt, marble dust, water & oil based pencils and other mediums. the subject matter can vary from petroglyphs to animal imagery to symbols mixed with abstract design and icons.
“In my work I let the artwork tell me where to go and what to say. I don’t always achieve this but when I am able to let go of my ego and just enjoy spontaneously creating and exploring, it is very satisfying. A lot of the imagery that finally emerges is from my subconscious…messages, awareness’s or statements. Sometimes I may not realize what a painting is telling me until a year or more has passed. I’ve been studying CHI GUNG meditation and SHAOLIN KEMPO as well as Transcendental Meditation for many years now and I feel that my art is tied together with these other experiences.”
Rik Erickson also runs a successful Mural and Decorative Arts business in San Diego, California. Country: San Diego Birthyear: 1951 Galleries: Sept 1991 Connoisseur Gallery, La Jolla, CA. /
Nov. 1991 Four Directions Gallery, San Diego, CA. /
Feb. 1992 San Diego Art Institute /
Mar 1992 Studio III Gallery, Naperville, IL. /
May 1992 Art & Frames by Wood, Coronado, CA. /
Aug. 1992 Artways Gallery, San Diego, CA. /
Aug. 1992 Clay & Caboodle Gallery, Warrenville, IL. /
Sept. 1992 Better World Galleria, San Diego, CA. /
1992-1994 Bravo Gallery, San Diego, CA. /
May 1995 Helmer Jackson Gallery, San Diego, CA. /
Mar 1996 Millennium, San Diego, CA. /
Apr 1997 Robson Gallery, San Diego, CA. /
Dec 1997 San Diego Art Institute /
1998-1999 Golden Pacific Arts Gallery, San Diego, CA. /
Feb. 1999 San Diego Art Institute /
Sept. 1999 Helmer Studios / San Diego, CA.
Oct. 1999 Villino Galleria / San Diego, CA.
June-Nov 2000 Gallery LaScalla /
Feb 2001 San Diego Art Institute
March 2001San Diego Art Institute /
July 2001 San Diego Art Institute /
August 2001 San Diego Art Institute /
Feb. 2002 San Diego Art Institute /
June, 2002 San Diego County Fair, Del Mar
Feb. 2002 till current /Golden Pacific Arts, San Diego, CA.
Media: mixed media Style: visionary Subjects: other, Metaphysical, Iconic, Realistic, Abstract|