by Libby Lancaster
Eric Nash has created a name for himself. His highly acclaimed work has been sought after and continues to attract many in the Hollywood community. Actors such as Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Jerry Bruckheimer, Orlando Bloom, Mena Suvari, Hillary Duff, Alexandra Balahoutis all currently own an “Eric Nash.”
This Saturday, October 19th, the work of Eric Nash will be celebrated at Skidmore Contemporary Art. His new exhibition “Western Noir” will feature ten paintings and two drawings. The show will focus on cultural icons, images that have shaped his life. Raised in a difficult environment, his art became his escape. Originally from Illinois, he started painting at a very young age.
Nash received his BFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After graduation he settled in Galveston, New York, Europe and eventually moved to Chicago. It was there that he started on a serious journey as a professional artist. He enrolled in Art Institute of Chicago and worked in the advertising industry at several well-known ad agencies.
Inspired by Los Angeles freeways, Nash is drawn to re-create the memories of the past. He chooses to focus on a dated yet familiar vision of LA. These iconic images are used to dismantle ones memories of days gone by.
Nash calls his current work “Western Noir” or “California Noir” which brings to mind shadowy mysterious places. One can see the influence of Hollywood cinema and how it has affected the world around us.
Nash has been drawn to the work of artists Edward Hopper, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Andrew Wyeth, Gerhard Richter and Jean Michel Basquiat.
Opening reception: Saturday, October 19th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Skidmore Contemporary Art
Bergamot Station (D-2) 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica.
The Show runs through November 19th