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Eric Matranga

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I will always thrill at taking blank space and filling it with what my inner eye sees. What I produce has matured as I consider how others view what I do. I am now consciously trying to simplify as well as intensify what I choose to represent.

Eric Matranga


Eric Matranga 
I have been drawing and painting since early childhood. I received a BA in art but spent my working years as a professional geographer. I now find myself disabled, but with plenty of time to produce art. When I draw and paint, the pain falls away and I am present in the piece. When I started working more regularly at drawing and painting, I realized I was still using the traditional palette of color. As I started adding more of the vivid, acid pigments available, I began to use those pigments in their full intensity. I had been relying on white blended with the traditional color palette in a quite high-key manner. I find I am getting much more pop to the finished work with the full intensity pigments.


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Susanville, CA 96130
United States


Artwork 20 items
Recent Work I have spent the last couple years trying to stabilize the decline in my physical condition. Degenerative back and spine problems leave me incapacitated for long periods, particularly when the weather is cold. Art keeps me alive and helps diminish the pain.
Music My son showed musical talent from a young age, and he became the frequent subject for exploring the figure. I am using this genre to explore new ways to attain a dynamic feel to the static flatness of the canvas.
Large Work Some of my more recent effort on a larger scale.
Drawings I started doing a lot of drawing again when I went onto the disability retirement. Drawing and painting are the only daily activities that don't cause pain.
2018 Shows and Exhibitions Lots of activities opening up for the Autumn. This page will track the shows and work exhibited.
Art of the West I have another show to hang November through December. This gallery is the repository for the framed inventory I am assembling for this show.
In Progress I've had an interesting opportunity present itself. I left about 75 unfinished canvasses in storage eight years ago and recently retrieved them. They show the chiaroscuro style I was trained in, and they are unfinished because I was unsatisfied with the result.


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