Eric Matranga
Contemporary Art in Bold Color
  Recent Work
  Large Work
  2018 Shows and Exhibitions
  "5 5 5 Special" 2021 Summer Online Show
  November 2021 Nature Exhibition
  Etsy Offerings
  December 2021Trees and Fields Exhibition
  Inspired by Vincent Exhibition 2022
  Art Show International Winter 2021 Grant
  Art Show International Solo Show
  Grey Cube Gallery 2022 1st Portrait Online Show
  Art Show International 3rd Portrait 2022
  Landscapes and Seascapes, 2022
  Biafarin Artist: Another Solo Show Online
  Art Show International 3rd Color
  Golden 50 Exhibition
  Art Show International 2nd Water
  2022 Grey Cube Gallery 3rd "Colors" Exhibition
  2022 5th Annual Landscape Exhibition at Art Show International
  Grey Cube Gallery 2022 3rd "Waters" Online Show
  Summer 2022 "555 Exhibition"
  2022 Art Show International 5th Open Exhibition
  Light, Space, and Time Gallery 2022 "Seascapes"
  Gallerium: GAP 2022 Group Exhibition
  Biafarin 2022 "Emotions" Exhibition
  Art Show International 4th Figurative
  2022 Art Room Gallery 3rd Waters Exhibition
  Grey Cube Gallery 2022 3rd Patterns Exhibition
  Gallerium Planterium 2022 Exhibition
  2022 Upward Gallery's Color and Shape Exhibition
  2022 Artists Space Gallery's 1st Colors Exhibition
  Joshua Tree National Park 2022 Show
  Exhibizone: Magix 2022 Group Exhibition
  2022 ALL Figurative/Portrait Painting/Drawing Exhibition
  2022 Art Show International 5th Portrait
  Artist's Choice Exhibition
  8th Annual Figures & Faces Exhibition
  2022 Treat Gallery Summer Lovin'
  2022 4th Color Exhibition
  Nature Painting October 2022
  2022 Ode to the Ocean Showcase
  2022 Art Show International 6th "Open"
  2022 All Figurative/Portrait Painting/Drawing Exhibition
  6th Landscape Exhibition December 2022
  2022 Forests and Meadows Exhibition Finalist
Painting Demonstration Video on Youtube
New Approach

My Thoughts About Art

I've been asked my opinions about art and artists many times down through the years. I usually have a strong position and frequently offended people with what I had to say.

There is enough offending of others in this society right now. I've never seen so many ignorant people getting their feelings hurt about things they actually know little or nothing about. A celebration of stupid where the emperor has no clothes. Rather than become part of that nonsense, I intend to present what I do as an artist and what I think about that.

I am a visual artist; I draw and paint. I have been a sculptor and printer, but degenerative spine and joint problems have ended those days. I still think of the canvas or paper as the basis for two-dimensional sculpture. I try to create the illusion of depth. I want the viewer to feel like they can reach into my paintings and see and touch the back side of what is flat.

I produced some abstract work in art school and down through the years but it's not my thing. If you have to explain to the viewer what they are looking at, there is a disconnect in communication in my opinion.

Installation Art and political statements in art are all the rage but that's not my thing either. I've been on some rough roads and my experience and knowledge guide me, not any pseudo-philosophical horse shit. I offend both sides of the political fence. I paint what I see and feel in my mind's eye.

I paint and draw the western landscape because it is where I feel at home. I seek out the places where man's footprint is light. I have been fortunate to live and work in some very special places in this magnificent land.

More to come...


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