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About the Artist

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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.

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  • Erik Barthels
  • We chat with painter Erik Barthels about staying active in the studio and how New Orleans has influenced his work.
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  • The new Lerner Children's Pavilion at Hospital for Special Surgery features all original artwork by Uprise Art. The pieces are a celebration of childhood, and offer focal points for calm contemplation.