Artist - Erik Abel. Born 1980. Currently lives and works in Southern Oregon.
Erik Abel's Black & White Bio Pic

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 create detail and dimension. Abel now lives and works in Ashland, Oregon. His original pieces have been featured in galleries across the country and abroad while his commercial work has attracted clients including Patagonia, Reef, REI and Billabong. Abel gives back to environmental and humanitarian projects through nonprofit partnerships, exhibitions, and commercial projects.


Southern Oregon University, 2000-2003, BA in Painting

Ventura College, 1998-1999, Fine Art & Design Studies

Selected Clients



Pottery Barn


Rip Curl


Sector 9 Skateboards

Trader Joe's

Save The Waves

Surfing Magazine

New Seasons Market

Blue Moon Brewing Co.

Tru Protection

National Cherry Blossom Festival

Heal the Bay

Carver Skateboards

EverSesh Skateboards



Rockstar Energy

Signal Snowboards

Roberts Surfboards

Glissade Snowboards

Wahoo’s Fish Tacos


Maui and Sons

Coastal Classics

Laurelwood Brewing Co.

Breakside Brewing Co.

Moment Surf Co.


Black Strap

Outside Van


Solo Exhibitions

2023 ”Stormy Feather”
Archimedes Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR

2022 ”Happy Place”
Brophy Gallery, San Clemente, CA

2021 ”Life Wyldest”
Archimedes Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR

2010 ”The Fluid That Binds Us”
Surfing Heritage Museum, CA

2008 “Ripple: Art Affecting Oceans”
Art Whino,Surfrider Benefit
New Work
Red Brick Gallery, Ventura, CA

2006 “Public: Collection”
Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2003 “Systematics”
Mobius Gallery, Ashland, OR

Group Exhibitions


"Lightly Salted" 2-person show with Spencer Reynolds. Archimedes Gallery


LifeWyld: VOLUME 2” 2-person show with Blaine Fontana. Archimedes Gallery

Group Show, Pueo Gallery, Paia, HI

“Earth & Ocean Arts Festival” Archimedes Gallery

Village Theatre Art Gallery, Danville, CA,“Into the Blue”

Vs Gallery, Melbourne, AUS,“I Can’t Believe It’s Not Gutter

Wyland Gallery, Haleiwa, HI “14th Annual Surf Art Show”


Archimedes Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR “LifeWyld” 2-person show with Blaine Fontana

Greenroom Gallery, Yokohama, Japan “Greenroom Festival”


Archimedes Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR “Stormy Weather Group Show

Wyland Gallery, Haleiwa, HI “12th Annual Surf Art Show”


Archimedes Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR “Stormy Weather Group Show”

Village Theatre Gallery, Danville, CA “Surf’s Up”

Wyland Gallery, Haleiwa, HI “11th Annual Surf Art Show”


Wyland Gallery, Haleiwa, HI “10th Annual Surf Art Show”

Wyland Gallery Haleiwa and Waikiki, Signature Gallery Lahaina


Wyland Gallery, Haleiwa, HI “9th Annual Surf Art Show”

“Vagabonde Surf Art Festival”Bordeaux, France


Art Whino Gallery, National Harbor, MD, “Branching Out”


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”


Driftwood Salon, San Francisco, CA, “SurfAid BoardArt Benefit”


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”


Billabongs Design For Humanity, Hollywood, CA


Gallery 1988, San Fransisco, CA, “All in Together”

BLVD Gallery, Seattle, WA “Trade Bloc”


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”


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



Visit Ventura Inspiration Guide, Cover artwork


Surf Story Volume


Salt Magazine, Summer


Alem Dekor Magazine, Turkey, March


Concrete Wave Magazine, Cover, Summer

SUPing Magazine, Nov


Fluir Magazine, Oct

Surfing Magazine, Last Ride Illustration, Oct

Book: Torso, Featured shirt design


Tide Magazine, Nov 2009, 10 Page Interview


Surfing Magazine, Vol.44 #11, Last Ride Section & Vol.44 #12

Book: Invision 2, Another Sky Press, Featured Artist


Juxtapoz Magazine, San Francisco, CA, Issue #80

PDX Magazine, Portland, OR, December

Citizen LA, Los Angeles, CA, Vol 2 Number 1

Los Angeles Downtown News, Los Angeles, CA, Feb 5th


Oddica Magazine, Orange County, CA, Cover, Inaugural Issue


3AM Magazine, Ashland, OR, Issues 1 & 2

Awards & Recognitions

Save The / Artist Ambassador

Ashland Gallery Association / Board Member and Artist Liaison

My Long-winded Story