Bio & Resume

Erik Abel in Studio

“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 now 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.

Abel’s Story

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Abel inside of an Indonesian Gem

Erik Abel
Born 1980
Currently lives and works in Oregon

EDUCATION
Southern Oregon University, 2000-2003, BA in Painting
Ventura College, 1998-1999, Fine Art & Design Studies

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2010
Surfing Heritage Museum, Costa Mesa, CA,”The Fluid That Binds Us”
2008
Art Whino, DC, “Ripple: Art Affecting Oceans” Surfrider Benefit
Red Brick Gallery, Ventura, CA, new work
2006
Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “Public: Collection”
2003
Mobius Gallery, Ashland, OR, “Systematics”

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015
Wyland Gallery, Haleiwa, HI “10th Annual Surf Art Show”
Wyland Gallery Haleiwa and Waikiki, DeRubies Gallery Lahaina
2014
Wyland Gallery, Haleiwa, HI “9th Annual Surf Art Show”
“Vagabonde Surf Art Festival” Bordeaux, France
2013
Art Whino Gallery, National Harbor, MD, “Branching Out”
2012
Couch, Santa Barbara, CA
WAV Gallery, Ventura, CA, “WAV on Board”
WAV Gallery, Ventura, CA, “Soon to be Summer”
Create Fixate, LA, CA “10 Yr Anniversary Show”
2012
Driftwood Salon, San Francisco, CA, “SurfAid BoardArt Benefit”
2011
Couch, Santa Barbara, CA, “Freedom Riders”

Hawaiian Salt, Kauai, HI, “Summer Aloha Reception”
Ventura Museum of Art, Ventura, CA, “Splash”
Green Flash Gallery, Cardiff, CA, “New Wave”
2010
Billabongs Design For Humanity, Hollywood, CA
2008
Gallery 1988, San Fransisco, CA, “All in Together”
BLVD Gallery, Seattle, WA “Trade Bloc”
2007
DVA Gallery, Chicago, IL “Picks of the Harvest: Chicago Invasion”
Art Whino Gallery, Washington DC “Grand Opening Group Show”
Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 3-Person, “Global Storming”
Brian Marki Gallery, Portland, OR “Urban Smile
The Life Gallery, Portland, OR “We Must Learn to Speak as Prophets”
Wind-up Gallery, Mesa, AZ, “The Rising”
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA “Untitled Love Project”
The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Featured Artist, February
Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “Picks of the Harvest: Batch 4”
The Venice Contemporary, Venice, CA “Group Show”
2006
Create:Fixate, Hollywood, CA “Alive in Los Angeles”
Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “Square Foot Show”
Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “Picks of the Harvest: Batch 3”
Hangar 1018, Los Angeles, CA “The MAX”
Cannibal Flower, Los Angeles, CA, Ongoing Monthly Group Exhibition
Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Ongoing Monthly Group Exhibition

SELECTED CLIENTS

REI
Patagonia
Pottery Barn Teen
Billabong
Reef
Sector 9 Skateboards
Save The Waves
Surfing Magazine
Blue Moon Brewing Co.
Tru Protection
National Cherry Blossom Festival
SurfAid.org
Heal the Bay
Carver Skateboards
EverSesh Skateboards
Oxbow
Oddica
Rockstar Energy
Third Drawer Snowboards
Roberts Surfboards
Glissade Snowboards
Wahoo’s Fish Tacos
Beachworks
Maui and Sons
Coastal Classics
Laurelwood Brewing Co.
Lokahi

PUBLICATIONS

2015
Salt Magazine, Summer
2013
Alem Dekor Magazine, Turkey, March 2013
2012
Concrete Wave Magazine, Cover, Summer 2012
SUPing Magazine, Nov 2012
2010
Fluir Magazine, Oct 2010
Surfing Magazine, Last Ride Illustration, Oct 2010
Book: Torso, Featured shirt design
2009

Tide Magazine, Nov 2009, 10 Page Interview
2008
Surfing Magazine, Vol.44 #11, Last Ride Section & Vol.44 #12
Book: Invision 2, Another Sky Press, Featured Artist
2007
Juxtapoz Magazine, San Francisco, CA, Issue #80
PDX Magazine, Portland, OR, December 07
Citizen LA, Los Angeles, CA, Vol 2 Number 1
Los Angeles Downtown News, Los Angeles, CA, Feb 5th
2006
Oddica Magazine, Orange County, CA, Cover, Inaugural Issue
2003
3AM Magazine, Ashland, OR, Issues 1 & 2

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