New work by Erik Jones. Several of these pieces will be featured in the Beyond Eden Art Fair which happens this weekend, October 12-13th, in Los Angeles, California. Erik will also have brand new work in the Supersonic Invitational opening this January at Spoke Art in San Francisco. Check out more of Erik’s paintings below:
Erik Jones / Vessel: 01 / 2013
Colored pencil, acrylic, wax pastel, oil, on Rives bfk paper mounted to birch boxframe.
work in progress / The Dipped Warrior / Erik Jones
Being created for Beyond Eden art show in Los Angels, October 11th, 2013
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Matt Doust was born in Santa Monica but spent most of his life in Perth, Australia having just moved back to the United States in 2011. The talented artist had been shortlisted that year in Australia for the Archibald prize, the most prestigious portraiture prize for an artist in Australia, and Matt felt he was no longer being challenged as an artist there.
Doust was no stranger to the art scene here in the United States however, his work has been collected by Jim Carrey and Mickey Rourke, and artists the country over have admired his work from afar. Me included.
The first time I saw Matt Doust’s work in person was at Andrew and Shawn Hosner’s house, the owners of Thinkspace Gallery. Artwork covers almost every square inch of the Hosner home but Matt’s large painting makes itself the most apparent immediately once you enter. It’s not just the size of the work, it’s the glow of it. I particularly remember the eyes swallowing my gaze as it gazed back further into me. Having been around art and large paintings, particularly large photorealistic paintings like Matt’s my entire life, it was certainly a moment I go back to as being truly impressed by someone’s work. And in that original moment Doust became an artist who I consider as one of the most talented of his generation.
When Matt passed away a little over a week ago from an epileptic seizure at the age of 29 he had just completed a body of work for his first solo show in the United States. This show will be opening on Saturday, September 7th at Thinkspace Gallery and will be entitled, “Final Works.” A preview of that work is below.
(The family of Matt Doust has requested that flowers and candles not be brought to the opening but instead to donate to the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles.)