Erik Holden’s paintings present collages of figuration, pairing subjects in the classical poses and draped fabrics of the Renaissance with the 2-dimensional, candy-coated bodies of cartoon characters. The images seem in the middle of an ongoing cycle, their parts colliding in a space of reactivity and re-making. Holden’s subjects clash in style, but they all play familiar roles: the king, the beauty, the witch, the beast, the goddess, the companion, the comic relief. In turns noble, goofy, saccharine, and iconic, they are timeless characters cast in the stories we employ to interpret our shared human experiences. Including works made in collaboration with Art Enables artists Maurice Barnes, Jay Bird, Duane Blacksheare-Staton, and Nonja Tiller.
A Washington, DC native, Erik “Rik” Holden began his career as a self-taught artist in 2012. Since that time, his eclectic mix of painted subjects have evolved along with his artistic process, combining a range of styles and historical references from the distant and recent past. He finds inspiration in the work of artists like Kehinde Wily, Damien Hirst, Walt Disney, and Pablo Picasso. Erik has been honored to work on murals, exhibitions, and other projects with the DC government, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Sotheby’s, George Washington University, Chris Pyrate, Kitchen Cray, Broccoli City, and many non-profit organizations and galleries in the DC metro area, as well as in Miami and New York. He has had the pleasure of live painting at concerts like Trillectro and provided creative design for events hosted by venues like Big Chief; located in Ivy City, Washington, DC.
Public gallery hours: Saturdays, 9am - 5pm, March 13 - April 24, 2021