Inside the Studio

Visit with Erin D. Garcia

Erin D. Garcia shows us around his studio in Los Angeles’ Thai Town to get a closer look at his Gradient series on canvas and paper.

Bfe45b76 7df8 465f b21a f448a47c8700
65d8ad29 5b36 4552 ae6e 89427c5d8f63
9d9ff226 31a3 4b0f b51b 079c1ef9ff30

“I like to work in series because I get to show variations of an idea. It’s not about distilling information down to a single piece; it’s about showing the story of how an idea grows and evolves. Sometimes you can catch the beginning of something and see how it shifts around throughout a series.”

— Erin. D Garcia

16bf9aa8 5919 434c bbc3 9df066f662b8
C3e5bdcd 7744 4961 979a 46035ced11d9
A9fc6e77 8334 44ed 8d46 5771e838aa70
6d4e5c80 0163 4423 929a 3d36cf3efa05

“With my last few gradient series, I’ve been searching for vibrance, an emitted frequency. It’s the combination and saturation of color that makes the painting vibrate. I think finished is when color relates well to form, when the colors create relationships between the forms, and when the composition feels balanced between form and color. Then, the piece needs to sing a little bit.”

— Erin D. Garcia

4d53e1f6 978f 4fae 9ea7 e6894af57b1a
32c6cb82 8bda 42f6 8c32 51573f711716
3ce9c1c1 36e2 4a5d a7de bc807d2f84c8
41be9b26 76ca 4fdc be88 ed0ba4174227

“I love working on paper. I’m not exactly sure what it is, but I have a connection somewhere with it. Paper feels so familiar to move and touch. I feel a freedom when I use it that I don’t get from other surfaces. ”

— Erin D. Garcia

1280426b 6d82 4f20 a3d4 69e1ec059165
Ca3c98e8 7936 4693 864a 60f40f47d4dc
21254fff 36cd 452f 8371 30ea13c41025
Cf59452f 3922 4624 b054 ba5e1712ba0b

“A series defines itself, all pieces point to a center. If every painting is a variation of an idea, then the series, as a whole, explains what that idea is.”

— Erin D. Garcia

Ba154b1e 2062 4a00 be0f cb468b706879
3e5e876e e6b5 4480 b522 fa1c9531999d

More From Erin D. Garcia

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.