To greet the spring, Karin Clarke Gallery is pleased to welcome noted Northwest artist Erik Sandgren for a large exhibit of his landscape paintings.
Erik Sandgren was born in Corvallis, Oregon, in 1952, the son of prominent painter and OSU teacher Nelson Sandgren. Erik studied painting and printmaking at Yale (BA.1975) and Cornell (MFA, 1977). In 1989, he moved to Washington to serve as a one-man art department at Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen.
This year, Erik retired, relocated to Portland, and is now a full-time artist, To celebrate this transition, gallerist Karin Clarke curated this impressive show of nearly 40 paintings, mostly watercolors and acrylics on panel, all landscapes and seascapes of the Northwest.
Erik’s work has appeared in many solo, two-person, group, and juried shows, and his work is held in numerous private and public collections, including those of the Franklin Furnace Gallery of the Museum of Modern Art, Yale University Art Gallery, and the China National Academy of Fine Art in Hangzhou.
He has created a number of public art projects, including a 4,000 square foot mural of Oregon landscapes, completed with his father, at the Eugene/Springfield Airport in 1989. Most recently, he painted a 75 foot mural for the Port of Grays Harbor’s Commission Room, commemorating 100 years of marine commerce and accentuating the natural riches of the vital estuary as the context for this productive harbor.
Please come and meet Erik at his Artist Reception, First Friday, April 6th, from 5:30-7:30 pm. At 7 p.m., Erik will speak as a featured stop on the ArtWalk Guided Tour. More info on www.karinclarkegallery.com