Save The Waves Artist Ambassador


Awesome news… Save The Waves has made me their first “Artist Ambassador!”  Super honored to be among some of the legends in our sport and be able to represent such a great org.

From Save the Waves:

Save The Waves is excited to announce a new partnership with Erik Abel as our first “Artist Ambassador.” A long time artist and surfer from Ventura, CA, you may recognize his work for Save The Waves from this past June’s Life Is A Wave event art, the Lobos Por Siempre campaign t-shirts, or his Patagonia Cause T from 2013. His focus on fundraising for ocean-related nonprofits allows him to use his creative talents to support causes he believes in and Save The Waves is proud to have his support and engagement…


Blue Moon Brewing Co. Label

Erik Abel for Blue Moon Brewing Co.

I was lucky enough to be one of the 20 artists asked to create a beer label for Blue Moon Brewing Company‘s 20th Anniversary: Rising Moon Program. The winner gets a $20,000 grant… that’s huge! I’m asking my fans, fam and friends to support my art by giving my label a “LIKE” and sharing it.  >> Click HERE to go to Blue Moon’s Facebook page and like my image. <<  Voting will run through the end of August.  In the mean time, go find the special anniversary 12 or 24 packs of Blue Moon Beer and try to find my art on a bottle!

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Sole Imperial Interview


I did a little interview over at Sole Imperial.  Check it out HERE.

“Yeah the ocean is a huge influence.  I get inspired by a lot of art styles like primitivism, constructivism, abstract expressionism, pop art, and mid-century modern design.  I’d have to say nature is the biggest influence of all though. You won’t see anything man-made included in my art…” 

Ocean Awareness Art Show – May 16th, North Shore




The Abel Arts Collective is partnering with environmental nonprofits Sustainable Coastlines HI and PangeaSeed to create an art & environmental curriculum for a group of local North Shore Elementary kids. Led by local art teacher Laura Couto, we will engage a group of kids in an after school group for 8 weeks, fostering activism and encouraging expression of environmental issues through a series of art-focused lessons. The culmination of the project will be an art show where the kids present their own works of art inspired by the environment. We created a workbook focusing on the issues to supplement the classes, guest speakers, and art activities.

Please join us to help raise funds to cover this project and for our nonprofit partners.

Erik Abel has also released a limited time edition canvas print of “Solar Soul” specifically to benefit this event.  This 14″x14″ fine art print will be available through May 31st and can be purchased for $175 right HERE. Along with other great art from our partner artists, Colleen Wilcox and Brett Kirkpatrick.

Thanks for your support!




Art for REI Santa Monica

Leading outdoor brand REI recently contracted me to create artwork for their Santa Monica, California store.  The wave and palm tree scenes were painted on plywood panels, and they also purchased one of my triangle paintings and a few 18×24 prints to add to the installation with some good looking reclaimed wood. Stop by and check it out if you’re in the area. Here’s how it turned out…

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Save The Waves Artwork

Save The Waves Illustration by Erik Abel

One of our favorite nonprofits, Save the Waves, asked me to create the artwork for their annual Life Is A Wave fundraiser. Save the Waves hosts this event each June to raise money for their programs, protecting surf spots and educating local communities and surfers on the social and environmental issues that effect waves and coastlines around the world.

To further our support for their programs, we’re launching a Limited Timed Edition, 18″x24″ print featuring the 2015 Life Is A Wave artwork .  These are hand signed, fine art prints and will only be available in our store through June 30, 2015.  50% of sales will be donated to Save the Waves.

If your in San Francisco, make sure to check out this awesome event in person and have a chance to bid on the one-of-a-kind print on FSC-Certified wood of the 2015 Life Is A Wave artwork.



Life is a Wave Event Artwork by Erik Abel
Save The Waves Illustration by Erik Abel

Summit Artist Residency

Abel Summit Artist Residency 2015

Last week I was invited out for a Summit Artist Residency at Powder Mountain in Eden, Utah.  This was my first Artist Residence program and I was looking forward to getting out of my comfort zone and pushing a little further into the unknown. Here’s some thoughts I went into it with…

Artist Statement:

The act of creating art has taken up a significant amount of the waking hours in my life.  Searching for a balance and a way to combine my true creative passions, interests and directions, with a way to be able to make a living, has always been THE challenge. Frustration, excitement, inspiration and self doubt are emotions that I battle with everyday in the studio. There has always been a compromise in the end.  It’s rarely that I get to truly create art from pure instinct without some sort of end goal such as showing, selling or licensing my work. I believe monetary goals stifle the creative spirit, creative process and creative progress.

During my Summit Artist Residence, I will be creating 4-6 pieces of work, on cradled wood panels made from sustainably harvested forests in the Pacific Northwest.

The first goal is to create a cohesive series of nonrepresentational work inspired by the surroundings around Eden/Powder Mountain as well as ideas and inspirations I’ve never had the chance to explore.  These wood panels will act as a base to the work. The completed pieces may include other materials and objects attached.

The second goal is to reach outside of my comfort zone and make art without a preconceived sketch or idea of the final product.  I currently spend a lot of time sketching out ideas and compositions and usually have a pretty solid vision and colored rendering of what a piece will look like in the end.  During the residency I will be working intuitively and spontaneously using nothing but the panel to start the process and guide me through to the end.      

– Erik Abel, Summit Artist Residence,  January 2015

Upon arrival and after being shown around, I was struck with the idea of GROWTH.  Everything the Summit crew is doing and planning for seems to exude this concept.  The trees and plants in the valley seemed to be thinking the same. It was unseasonably warm.  I was in a t-shirt painting outside the first day and Spring was in the air.  So I decided to loosely base my art for the week around plant based forms like pine trees and various others.  That was it.  The first 2 pieces just flowed, no sketches or scribbles.  The last 2 pieces I cheated and messed around with some small thumbnail sketches.  It’s hard to break habit.

Here is the work I created on 4, 24″x24″ wood panels, in chronological order, with some detail shots at the end:

Abel Summit Artist Residency 2015

Abel Summit Artist Residency 2015

Abel Summit Artist Residency 2015

Abel Summit Artist Residency 2015



I got to explore some different texture techniques and detail work as well as just loosen up with the brush and not worry too much about covering all my base layers., which adds some great little peeks at the foundation.  It’s nice to not have goals while creating a piece of art.  My normal studio time is very valuable. I always feel like the time spent painting must be for a reason, like a commercial project or a piece for an upcoming gallery show.  I hate wasting time.  Last week made me realize that having fun without pressure and experimenting with different techniques is anything but a waste, it’s definitely necessary to push my work to the next level.  Even if I only come out of it with one new technique I want to use in a future painting, it’s all worth it.  It’s a tiny door into a whole new world of exploration.

Here’s some more shots of these in the making:

Abel Summit Artist Residency 2015

Abel Summit Artist Residency 2015

Abel Summit Artist Residency 2015

Abel Summit Artist Residency 2015

One thing I was really pumped about, was to see what my buddy and fellow artist, Griffin Loop would be able to come up with.  (He just finished a 60 foot long, all steal paper airplane sculpture as well as has sculptures hanging in the center of Wynwood Walls in Miami… check out his Instagram @griffinloop)  We ended up raiding a nearby barn and finding some old wood and rusted corrugated sheet metal and here’s what we made… and 8ft tall metal framed beast:

Erik Abel X Griffin Loop Collaboration

Erik Abel X Griffin Loop Collaboration

Erik Abel X Griffin Loop Collaboration

Erik Abel X Griffin Loop Collaboration

Erik Abel X Griffin Loop Collaboration

Erik Abel X Griffin Loop Collaboration

Ideas hashed, boundaries pushed, visions materialized… this was a fun and challenging creation. The eyes have been peeled back a bit and I want to make more. Hats off to Mr. Loop.

Thanks to the Summit crew for taking me in for the week.  You folks have a great thing going.  So much passion, inspiration and good vibes… and insanely delicious food!!  Special thanks to Marshall B. for documenting the week (most of these pics are from him) and all the support thoughout.  I am grateful.  Cheers.

Abel Summit AR