Inside the Studio

Eric on "Power, Corruption & Lies"

Inspired by British rock band New Order’s cover for their 1983 album “Power, Corruption & Lies,” Eric LoPresti’s series of the same title explores juxtapositions in imagery and line as a 19th-century floral painting by Henri Fantin-Latour meets hard-edged, geometric color chips. View works from the series and peek inside Eric’s studio and process below.

64f1a72d 47e2 4dfc 9970 b38051da119e
Ca5ff419 d46a 4c52 94b2 b5e6268e8366
E09fea21 2a3a 43a9 9431 553023e53702

“I’ve been very inspired by books on science, color, and the history of technology. I also use visual references drawn from the '80s, like vector video games and Joy Division album covers. The popular aesthetics of that time reflected a very harsh view of reality, including an ever-present threat of global annihilation.”

— Eric LoPresti

3b9feaa2 581f 4e2b a08e df1995f4a23b
20946372 6859 4293 abf7 80a5aafd719b
9b7cd14c e87c 4d4c b75a 1f50d1ba171c
F0ce03da c178 43f7 8fc4 885565f9ed17

“My paintings often follow a similar scheme, juxtaposing soft environmental imagery with sharp linear elements.”

— Eric LoPresti

716a87c6 cb1f 4f28 a374 1366fa02d092

More From Eric LoPresti

More from Inside the Studio

Tour Artist Studios
Bbbf096a c72c 46e2 9bf2 4599084d9f5c
Inside the Studio Visit with Christian Nguyen

Working with brightly-hued shapes and systems, artist Christian Nguyen uses geometric abstraction as a means of storytelling.

More from the Journal

Browse Posts
2219e656 a6de 4a8d 8b03 638dad3dadd8
At Home A warm sanctuary in Toronto

A Toronto-based art advisor creates a warm, bohemian sanctuary by collecting from the heart.