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About the Artist

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Erik Barthels (b. 1980) is a Mandeville, Louisiana-based painter creating colorful abstractions that harness the power of chance to explore color and form. Working primarily in watercolor and thin washes of acrylic, Barthels uses a squeegee to spread thin washes of pigment across his paper to create fluid arches of organic pattern. Barthels’s languid compositions are occasionally obstructed by collage elements that supplant the subtle nuances of paint with hard edged geometries.

From the Journal

From the Journal

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  • Meet
  • 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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  • In Good Company
  • Hospital for Special Surgery
  • 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.
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  • Inside the Studio
  • Visit with Erik Barthels
  • Erik Barthels revels in the unexpected delights of partially dried tubes of paint, cannibalizing old paintings, and the squeegee as a generative tool for creating a personal symbology.