Artist member Peter Erickson will have a solo exhibition of his latest work in the Hills Gallery, September 5th - 10th. Artist Reception: September 9th - 6PM, Newburyport Art Association.
His show "En Passant" (In Passing), comes from a chess move dating from the 15th century.
Thanks to Peter for answering our artist questions with a nod to the Proust’s Questionnaire.
1. What or who influenced you to be an artist? - "My parents. Art was always a high calling in our family. Mom was an antique collector/interior decorator and Dad was an ad man in New York City. Taking the 33 bus to Port Authority, then walking down 42nd St., and then up 5th Ave. to my father’s office at 30 Rock (alone at age 9) had a lot to do with my becoming an architect. I thought it would be a cool way to make a living by making drawings and building stuff... like what I was constantly being bombarded with in the City.
2. Which living artist do you most admire? - Gerhard Richter
3. Which historical artist do you most admire? - Anders Zorn
4. What is the trait you most admire in other artists? - Pushing any medium to make an original, compelling image. Doing whatever it takes to get there.
5. What do you consider your greatest achievement as an artist? - Making time for my work.
6. What is your greatest extravagance as an artist? - Having an airbrush and a studio.
7. If you could change one thing about your art what would it be? - All things change... just as space and motion are one with time, so too, all things must change. My goal is to dig into a perception of time; my art seeks to reflect this mirage.
8. What is your most treasured possession for making art? - My eyes
9. What is your favorite journey? - Read my tombstone when it comes out.
10. What is your most overused phrase in describing art? - All of them... these words, for example.
11. What is your motto? - "Lets see what happens..... “
12. If you were to die and could choose a person or thing to come back as what would it be? - See #11
See more of Peter's work here.
C. Peter Erickson is a registered architect and past chairman of the Newburyport Historical Commission. He lives on Plum Island.