Erik Barthels (b. 1980) creates deceptively simple paintings on paper. His work features a style of back-to-basics abstraction that is at once highly systematic and casually offhand. Characterized by simple forms, off-kilter color palettes and an emphasis on process, his paintings draw from the tradition of minimalism and the discernible imperfection of traditional handicraft. Erik is a self-taught artist based in Mandeville, LA.
I utilize watercolors to create sharp geometric works that embrace the fundamental elements of painting. Using squeegees, my work is made in quick passes of color. These works are a spontaneous gestural nod to minimalism.