21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2015 | Cody Erickson


Cody Erickson, Cursory, oil, 12 x 20.

Cody Erickson, Cursory, oil, 12 x 20.

Art Education: I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI, and a Master of Fine Arts from the Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI. Also apprenticeships with Rich Nelson and Jeremy Lipking.

Style: I’m a representational artist through and through. I work primarily in oils on paper, which kind of lends itself to a tactile, smooth look.

Creative Spark: Looking at my relationship to the things that define me, or things I struggle with, gives me an ongoing narrative to pull from.

Second-Choice Career: Rock climber.

One Thing People Don’t Know About You: I tried to make a career out of skateboarding before I really pursued art.

Best Advice Received: When I was studying with Rich Nelson, he once told me, “Step one, get really good at what you do. Step two, get your work out there. The better you do step one, the easier step two is.”

Quirkiest Trait: I’m pretty obsessive about keeping my home studio organized and clean. Sometimes I’ll have to stop in the middle of a painting session just to vacuum.

Mantra or Motto: No matter what it is you do, give it 110 percent, or else you won’t know what you’re capable of.

Favorite Studio Music: Iron & Wine all day.

Favorite Work by Another Artist: I’m really interested in the work of Jeremy Lipking and Andrew Wyeth.

Future Goals: To visit more iconic climbing landmarks to paint and climb.

Price Range: $600 to $24,000.

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