“There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about” – Helen Frankenthaler
My partner, the fabulous, fantastic Nellie, and I have have launched our latest endeavor, Abel Arts Collective. AAC is a nonprofit that partners with artists, development organizations, and communities to create meaningful and inspirational public art projects. I’m glad one of us knows what we’re doing (Definitely not me).
You want to support us? That’s so nice. We’ve put together a crowd-funding, Indoegogo campaign for our pilot project, The Nicaragua Mural Project. Check out the video and visit the campaign page for all the info on how you can help bring this first project to life…
Thanks for your support!!!
If you’ve never ridden a Carver, you’re in for a treat. Their special trucks make it feel like surfing.
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Also, this original painting is now available in my Store HERE >>
View all the products benefitting this project HERE >>
We’ve just released 7 illustrations as massive 24″x36″ fine art, archival prints. These puppies are big, bright and bold and large enough to make a statement in any room. Each print is hand signed by Erik Abel.
“Fungus Study 1″ 32×48 inches. Acrylic, marker, colored pencil on panel.
“Fungus Study 2″ 48×32 inches. Acrylic, marker, colored pencil on panel.
Over the last few months I’ve been on a bit of an artistic exploration, discovering different paths and directions. The new studio and the larger space is giving me inspiration overload. I was hoarding new machines and tools for a while there and now I can make almost anything my heart desires… but now I’ve got a dozen different projects going at once… It’s kind of a disaster.
Latest thing to obsess over: The Kingdom of Fungi. I’ve always been interested in mushrooms and they’ve shown up in my art from time to time. I remember airbrushing some big red ones on the side of my friends VW beetle when I was 16. I think they had giant green spiraling eyes and menacing smiles… probably had something to do with the particular type of mushrooms we were starting to eat and experiment with back then. I’ve always been an advocate of psychedelic explorations. Humans have been nibbling on the stuff since the dawn of time, to open their minds and “connect with the Gods”. They painted mushrooms on cave walls and carved them out of stone.. fungi definitely held a place of importance for our ancestors. My personal experiences with psilocybin mushrooms has given me a greater connection with nature and the universe, deepened my consciousness and inspired areas of my life… like my art. Moderation is the key.
Even with the 200+ psychoactive species aside, mushrooms are pretty damn trippy. Like, there are 71 known species of bioluminescent mushrooms…. yes, GLOW-IN-THE-F#CKING-DARK-MUSHROOMS! Does it get any more sci-fi than that?? So that has me going crazy, along with the fact that we, the Animal Kingdom, are more closely related to the Fungi Kingdom that any of the other kingdoms. Like us, they “breath” oxygen and release CO2. We have more genes in common with mushrooms than we do with plants or bacteria. And the largest organism on earth? Yep… a 2,384 acre fungus under the forrest floor in Eastern Oregon. Anywho… enough with the science lesson. I just think mushrooms rad and I want to paint more!
Some detailed pics…
Check out the latest Q&A with Portland, Oregon bamboo print gurus, Plywerk. Stoked to be their featured artist for December. They have been printing our beautiful limited edition, 20″x30″, “Kelpafornia” series prints for Heal the Bay.
Check out the interview HERE. If you leave a comment, you’ll be entered to win a FREE Plywerk print with my artwork!
“Erik Abel has a striking style that is nothing if not beachy. Reminiscent of ancient Hawaiian tribal art, Abel modernizes the form with vibrant colors and textured grid patterns, but it wouldn’t be surprising if anyone had his pieces tattooed across their backs. Here he answers our five questions with candid detail. You’ll want to stick around until the end, because his advice is golden….” Read More
I got a nice little interview happening over at Korduroy.tv. I give answers to 5 questions as well as a nice little music vid to go along with it. Check it out > HERE <
Korduroy has a great vibe going on with lots of how-to videos, interviews and random banter about surfing. Be sure to stay a while and poke around.
The third and final painting in the Kelpafornia series for Heal the Bay is finished. It looks like I was feelin’ the colors of Autumn in this one.
As with the others, we’ve released “Kelpafornia 3″ as an 18″x24″ print on fine bamboo paper as well as a limited edition 20″x30″ print mounted on a 3/4″ bamboo plywood panel. But instead of an edition on 10 like the others, we’re doing a timed release Oct 3 – Oct 11. So that means the edition size depends on how many prints are sold during that time period. They will be signed and numbered accordingly. And of course, 15% of all sales go directly to Heal the Bay to help keep that sand and salty water clean.
Get the 20″x30″ “Kelpafornia 3, Bamboo print HERE> (Sorry, time is up)
***UPDATE: We still have a few of the “Kelpafornia 1″ 20×30 inch print on bamboo plywood available HERE. Kelpafornia 2 and 3 are sold out.
Here are a few large Fish Outta Water that are on display and for sale down at NiKau Kai Waterman Shop in Manhattan Beach, CA. Go check them out of you’re in the area. I also have some other prints and paintings there.
These were painted on 3/4″ plywood that I traded a six pack of beer for at a residential construction site…
“Fish Outta Water 037″ © Erik Abel 2013
Fish Outta Water 037 Detail
“Fish Outta Water 038″ © Erik Abel 2013
Fish Outta Water 038 Detail