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    Erik Sandgren at Yachats - photo by Kathryn CotnoirErik Sandgren probes the Northwest landscape with sensitivity to myth and origins. He was born in Corvallis, Oregon in 1952 and grew up there in the environs of Oregon State University. His father, Nelson Sandgren, was a noted painter and OSU art professor and the household was saturated with visual culture that fostered his early interests and education as a painter. Erik went east to study at Yale (BA.1975) and Cornell (MFA, 1977) where he honed his painting and printmaking skillsand absorbed the broad path of Ivy League liberal arts.

    Like a homing salmon, however, Sandgren returned to the headwaters of his art and of his early life in the Pacific Northwest, drawn by a vivid landscape where raw nature is close-at-hand and the history of industrialization is little more than acentury old. Following his father’s career trajectory he landed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1989 wherehe served as a one-person art department at Grays Harbor College through 2017.


    Sabbaticals, teaching and artist-in-residence stays in England and France allowed him to explore that
    more settled landscape with on-site painting and expand firsthand his knowledge of the history of
    Western art. He has exhibited broadly in many solo, two-person, group, and juried shows and his workis held in numerous private and public collections, including those of the Franklin Furnace Gallery of the Museum of Modern Art, Yale University Art Gallery and the China National Academy of Fine Art in Hangzhou.

    He has created a number of public art projects including the 4,600 square feet mural Northwest Passages he executed as assistant to his father in the Eugene/Springfield Airport in 1989. More recently he has completed murals on Grays Harbor entitled Elusive Witnesses, Nirvana and Aberdeen, Chehalis at Tidewater and a 75-foot mural for the Port of Grays Harbor Commission Room, commemorating one hundred years of marine commerce while accentuating the natural riches of the
    vital estuary in the context of this productive harbor.

    Sandgren has systematically explored painterly traditions while referring to the natural world. His paintings, small and large in many media include both plein air and studio compositions, are based on fundamental themes of water, earth, sky and the peopled landscape. His oeuvre has developed over the years in response to a wide range of influences including Northwest painters, European painting and classical Asian art.


    Artist in Residence: Rochefort-en-Terre, Brittany, Maryland Institute of Art 2003 and 2005
    Fulbright Exchange Teacher to Hastings College of Art and Technology, England 1995-96
    Washington Artist Trust grant recipient 1992
    Print Arts Northwest: current Board Member, artist member since 1981
    Pacific Northwest Artist Archives: Erik Sandgren papers in Special Collections, Mark O. Hatfield Library, Willamette University, Salem OR

    Education and Special Study:

    National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar in English Romantic Literature and the Visual Arts at Dartmouth College1987

    Cornell University 1977
    Yale College 1975

    Selected Publications:

    100 Artists of the Northwest by Ashley Rooney, Schiffer Publications 2014
    Washington Coast Magazine Harbor Artists... Erik Sandgren, Summer 2016
    Oregon Stater Magazine- Celebratory Painting Fall 2015
    Washington Coast Magazine The Art of Grit and Grime- Erik Sandgren Summer 2015
    Port Angeles Fine Art Center, Ghost Stories by Jake Seniuk 2013
    Crosscurrents: Washington Community College Humanities Association
    Northwest Coast Magazine, Painter of the Rain Coast Volume 1, Issue 4 2009This Bountiful Place Oregon Historical Society Press and OSU 2006
    Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, In Search of a Homeland 2003
    Artspirit, Linn Benton Arts Council

    A Retrospective in Watercolors March 2002

    Journey: AAA Magazine, Washington Painters 2001
    Northwest Art and Artists, 1990, Mahlon Sweet Airport Mural
    New Art Examiner, March 1988, Vol.15, No.7, p.51,
    Baltimore Sun, Dec. 8, 1987 Inverse Operations
    American Apocalypses by J. Robinson, Johns Hopkins U. Press
    The Art of Drawing by Bernard Chaet, Holt, Rinehart, and Winston 3rd ed. 1983
    Newsletter for the Oregon Committee for the Humanities, The Car as Lens 1980

    Selected Permanent Collections:

    Museum of Northwest Art, LaConner
    Arches Paper
    Hangzhou Academy, Hangzhou, China
    University of Portland
    Maryhill Museum
    Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene
    Yale University Art Gallery
    Gilkey Collection, Portland Art Museum
    Hallie Ford Museum of Art
    Polson History Museum
    Oregon State University
    Grays Harbor College
    Chemeketa Community College
    Clackamas Community College
    Coos Art Museum

    Franklin Furnace Collection, MoMA, New York

    Grays Harbor Community Hospital

    Hastings Museum, East Sussex, England
    Klippan AB/Lessebo Handpappersbruk, Sweden
    Pierce College, Tacoma, WA
    St. Martin's Abbey, Lacey, WA
    Shelton Timberland Library
    Wilson Collection, Multnomah Library
    Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus

    related links:
    Hobe Kytr portrait
    http://www.kithfolk.com/kithfolk-blog/2015/5/12/kithfolk-guide-to-the-2015-northwest-folklife-festival Hobe Kytr
    Proposal/presentations for Los Angeles area Landscape Projects
    @Yale University Art Gallery