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Bio

 

Eric Nash is a California artist working in oil and charcoal. His subject matter focuses on icons and scenes inspired by California and the West. Often highly realistic, his images are pared down to their idealized essence often conveying a film still or a memory. His own photography serve as a starting point which he highly alters. He works in series, some of which go back decades. 

Eric began painting at an early age. He received a public education and a BFA from the University of Illinois on scholarship. He is represented by noted galleries in California where he has had multiple solo shows since 2000. His work is collected by leading art collectors worldwide, Hollywood celebrities, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and is in corporate collections such as Delta Airlines. He has been the subject of numerous media articles and his work has been featured at Tucson Museum of Art, Laguna Art Museum, Riverside Art Museum and Palm Springs Art Museum. He currently lives and works in Yucca Valley, California.

Commentary

 

California artist Eric Nash creates expansive nighttime paintings of urban sprawl coined "California noir." At once romantic and ominous, his mysterious landscapes are moody yet promising, with the glow and hum of vast expanses of city lights hugging the horizon in the pitch-black sky. Nash is well-known for his realistic paintings of highway signs imbued with narratives of the places they announce. His large nocturnal works are reduced to the essential elements of land and light.

– Julie Sasse / Chief Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Tucson Museum of Art

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Romantic, dangerous and mysterious, Eric Nash’s “most recent work falls into two divergent but fundamentally related series: crisply rendered, Pop-inflected images of freeway exit and gas station signs, and loosely expressive nighttime vistas sweeping toward light-peppered horizons. "The signs," he says, "are both stories and places." His paintings which in both pristine realist and gestural impressionistic modes consistently demonstrate a reductive essentialism more like haiku than sonnet.

– Shana Nys Dambrot / Los Angeles Art Critic, Journalist and Author

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As a city of freeways, signs, and signals, these visions of Nash’s Los Angeles appear as if seen from the car window, the essential way to experience LA. The artist imbues each setting with a mysterious suspense, an allusion to seductive film imagery he has coined as California Noir. A nod to the film industry, the exhibition title Western Pictures is a clever innuendo that combines the imagery of Los Angeles as the birthplace of modern film, while also showcasing a romantic nostalgia of the sprawling cityscape. Transcending time, these portraits of place act as spaces of pure storytelling.

– Merry Karnowsky, Director and Curator of KP Projects, Los Angeles

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Currently on view at KP Projects Chinatown in Los Angeles, California and in association with Launch LA is artist Eric Nash’s darkly moving solo exhibition “Western Pictures.”

Featuring exceptional photorealistic charcoal drawings documenting the ever-mysterious idea of Los Angeles (not only as a place) which - at least to me - seems a location wrought with the very idea of dreams becoming a physical possibility, allowing these drawings to incorporate a sense of beautiful unreality.

– Supersonicart.com

 

Curriculum Vitae

 

ERIC NASH

Born: Champaign-Urbana, IL 

Lives and works: Yucca Valley, CA

 

EDUCATION

University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign: Bachelor of Fine Arts

Additional Course Work - The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018

THE VEGAS YEARS - Flow Modern, Palm Springs, CA

2017

BLVD - Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

WESTERN PICTURES - KP Projects & Launch LA / Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

2016

LAND / SKY - Eric Nash and Karen Kitchell, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA

WEST Riverside Art Museum Preview - Skidmore Contemporary, Santa Monica, CA

POOLS AND GAS STATIONS - Flow Modern, Palm Springs, CA

2015

CITY OF DREAMS - Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA 

OTHER DESERT CITIES - Flow Modern, Palm Springs, CA

2014

MOON HORIZON - Flow Modern, Palm Springs, CA

RETURN OF THE RAVEN - Flow Modern, Palm Springs, CA

DRIVEN - Stephen Archdeacon Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

2013

WESTERN NOIR - Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

RAVEN NIGHTS - Stephen Archdeacon Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

2012

DOOMSDAY - Stephen Archdeacon Gallery, Palm Springs, CA 

CALIFORNIA NOIR- Stephen Archdeacon Gallery, Palm Springs CA

SELECTED NEW WORKS BY ERIC NASH - Stephen Archdeacon Gallery, Palm Springs CA

2011

ONE NIGHT - Stephen Archdeacon Gallery, Palm Springs, CA 

TWELVE RAVENS - Stephen Archdeacon Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

SKULL - Stephen Archdeacon Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

2010

RAVEN NIGHTS - ArtFront Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

ERIC NASH - Blackman Cruz, Los Angeles, CA

ERIC NASH STUDIO / WEXLER WEEKEND - Palm Springs Preservation Society, Palm Springs, CA

2009

76 - Red Dot Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

SIGNS OF LIFE - ArtFront Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

ERIC NASH - Blackman Cruz, Los Angeles, CA

GenArts Presents ERIC NASH - Culver City Art Walk, Culver City, CA

2008

RAVEN 76 - ArtFront Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

ERIC NASH - Blackman Cruz, Los Angeles, CA

WORKS BY ERIC NASH - Red Dot Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

LA >< Art Fundraiser, LA >< Art, Los Angeles, CA

2007

TO DIE AND LIVE IN LA - ArtFront Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

ERIC NASH - Blackman Cruz, Los Angeles, CA

12 SKULLS - Rose in Venice, Los Angeles, CA

FREEWAY - Blackman Cruz, Los Angeles, CA

2006

LA HIGHWAY - Rose in Venice, Los Angeles, CA 

15 SKULLS - Rose in Venice, Los Angeles, CA

LA MOMENTS - Blackman Cruz, Los Angeles, CA

2005

LA NIGHTS - Rose in Venice, Los Angeles, CA

LITTLE HOUSES - Rose in Venice, Los Angeles, CA

LITTLE SKULLS - Rose in Venice, Los Angeles, CA

2004

SIGNS OF NIGHT- Rose in Venice, Los Angeles, CA

NOT FOR SALE - Casa Blanca, Palm Springs, CA

2003

HOLLYWOOD - PUSH Studios, West Hollywood, CA

STILL OF THE NIGHT - Casa Blanca, Palm Springs, CA

2002

MODERN DAYS - Casa Blanca, Palm Springs, CA

2001

DESERT NIGHTS - Casa Blanca, Palm Springs, CA

2000

GO WEST - Casa Blanca, Palm Springs, CA

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018

To the Desert - Merchant Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Skidmore Group Show - Skidmore Contemporary, Santa Monica, CA

Eric Nash and Terry Leness - Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

LA Art Show: Modern + Contemporary - KP Projects, Los Angeles, CA

California Cool - Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

Wine + Art - CASA of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Art in Embassies Exhibition - United States Embassy, Anthens, Greece

2017

Salton Sea: An Artistic Discussion - University of California Riverside, Palm Desert, CA

Iridescesce Group Show - Launch LA / Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

Point of View - Launch LA / Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

Water Tower Project - Indio Public Art Commission, Indio, CA

Desert Island - A Desert X Adjunct Exhibition - Epicenter Projects / Coachella Valley Art Center, Indio, CA

Skidmore Group Show - Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

2016

Open Desert - Palm Springs Museum of Art, Palm Springs, CA

Into the Night: Modern and Contemporary Art in the Nocture Tradition - Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ

Skidmore Group Show - Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

2015

California Cool - Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

Eric Nash - Blackman Cruz, Hollywood, CA

Goths in the Sunlight - Antebellum Gallery, Hollywood, CA

A Work in Progress - Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

Palette to Palate - Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

Desert Views - Flow Modern, Palm Springs, CA

Art Market San Francisco - Skidmore Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA

Skidmore Group Show - Skidmore Contemporary, Santa Monica, CA

2014

Art Market San Francisco - Skidmore Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA

Summertime - Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA 

Art Silicon Valley - Skidmore Contemporary Art Booth, San Mateo, CA

Desert Heat - Flow Modern, Palm Springs, CA

Untitled - Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

Desert Artists Group Show - Archangle Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

The Last Picture Show - Stephen Archdeacon Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

Skidmore Group Show - Skidmore Contemporary, Santa Monica, CA

2013

Totally Carried Away and Off the Wall - Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA 

New Artists - Galerie Rive Gauche, Paris, France

New Artists - Stephen Archdeacon Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

Still Summer - Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

Candy - Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

The Art of Summer - Stephen Archdeacon Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

West Week at The Pacific Design Center - Holly Hunt, West Hollywood, CA

Group Exhibition - Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

Art Market San Francisco - Skidmore Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA

Contemporary Works - Stephen Archdeacon Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

Palm Springs Fine Art Fair - Skidmore Contemporary Art, Palm Springs, CA

Skidmore Group Show - Skidmore Contemporary, Santa Monica, CA

2012

Route 66 - Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

Modern Times - Stephen Archdeacon Gallery, Palm Springs, CA 

The Dirty Show 2012 - The Dirty Show, Detroit, MI

Modern Family - The Rooster Fish, Venice Beach, CA

2011

Skidmore Group Show - Skidmore Contemporary, Santa Monica, CA

New Palm Springs - Stephen Archdeacon Gallery, Palm Springs, CA 

The Dirty Show 2011 - The Dirty Show, Detroit, MI

The Dirty Show LA - The Dirty Show, Los Angeles, CA

Kum ‘n’ Go - The Rooster Fish, Los Angeles, CA

2010

Untitled Group 12 - ArtFront Gallery on La Cienega, Los Angeles, CA

The ACE Show - Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

Group Show - Antebellum Gallery, Hollywood, CA

2009

Red - ArtFront Gallery on La Cienega, Los Angeles, CA

The Dirty Show LA - The Dirty Show, Los Angeles, CA

New Artists - Red Dot Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

ArtFront Goes Hollywood - ArtFront Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2008

Go Green - Abbot Kinney Pop-Up Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Summer in Los Angeles - ArtFront Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2007

LA Night - Rose in Venice, Los Angeles, CA

La La Land - ArtFront Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2006

Art Night LA 2006 - PUSH Studios, West Hollywood, CA

Western Light - ArtFront Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2005

Art Night LA 2005 - PUSH Studios, West Hollywood, CA

Beach Meets City - Rose in Venice, Los Angeles, CA

Rebirth - Casa Blanca, Palm Springs, CA

2004

Art Night LA 2004 - PUSH Studios, West Hollywood, CA

A Dark and Sunny Place - Casa Blanca, Palm Springs, CA

2003

Art Night LA 2003 - PUSH Studios, West Hollywood, CA

Desert Ocean - Casa Blanca, Palm Springs, CA

2002

Art Night LA 2002 - PUSH Studios, West Hollywood, CA

Black & White - Casa Blanca, Palm Springs, CA

2001

Pretty Pictures - Casa Blanca, Palm Springs, CA

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

United States Embassy Athens Greece. Art in Embassies Catalog, Published by Art in Embassies, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C., March 2018

Nys Dambrot, Shana. “Shana Nys Dambrot on Eric Nash’s Western Pictures,” White Hot Magazine, May 2017.

Zeimba N., Christine. 20 of the Coolest Events Happening in L.A. This Weekend. laist.com. April 20, 2017.

Cichocki, Cristoper. “Desert Island”, epicenterprojects.com, April 19, 2017.

Staff Writer. “Eric Nash”, popellay.com, April 19, 2017.

Staff Writer. “Eric Nash”, Fabrick - Contemporary Art and Design, April 19, 2017.

Tutor, Zach. “Eric Nash”, supersoniceart.comApril 17, 2017.

Nidzgorski. Peter. “Eric Nash Art” thisisnthappiness.com, April, 17 2017.

Wingate, Todd. “Land / Sky, Paintings by Karen Kitchell and Eric Nash”, riversideartmuseum.org. November 2016.

Staff Writer. What Do Furniture and Landscape Exhibitions at Riverside Art Museum Have In Common, The Press-Enterprise, October 26, 2016.

Regan, Margaret. “Magic in the Night - Poetic Exhibition at The Tucson Museum of Art Investigates the Nocturne in Art, Tucson Weekly, April 21, 2016.

Staff Writer. “Eric Nash”, lagunaartmuseum.org. January 2016.

Wikipedia. “Eric Nash, Artist”, Wikipedia. 2016.

Nys Dambrot, Shana. “Eric Nash”, Palm Springs Art + Culture, Winter-Spring 2016 - A Palm Springs Life Magazine Publication. (Release Date: December 2015).

Ellis, John. “Preserving Paradise”, California Home + Design. August - September 2015.

Nidzgorski. Peter. “This Is Not An Exit, Eric Nash Art” thisisnthappiness.comSeptember, 7 2015. 

Staff Writer. “Eric Nash”, livee.com, September 2015

Leonardo, Kathy. “On View Now: Skidmore Contemporary Art Celebrates California Artists Eric Nash and Bradley Hankey”, laartparty.com. September 2015. 

Staff Writer. “Skidmore Contemporary Art Hosts Solo Shows for Two Southern California Based Artists”, westsidetoday.com. August 21, 2015.

Drawings Reflect A Movement”. exploregram.com, June 1, 2015. 

Staff Writer. “Other Desert Cities by Eric Nash”, Palm Springs Style. April 2015.

Naylor, Dre. “Palm Springs Attractions”, Palm Springs Life. February 2015.

Staff Writer. Laguna Art Museum Palette to Palate Featured Artist Eric Nash’s Latest Rich, Painterly

Dean, Will. “Revel with a Cause”, USA Today, January 8, 2015.

Dean, Will. “Revel with a Cause”, Desert Outlook, January 2015.

Lieu, Lynn. “Downtown Palm Springs Event Art Bar Celebrates First Anniversary”, The Desert Sun. August 1, 2014.

Haldeman, Peter. “The Desert in Demand”, New York Times. May 30, 2014.

Staff Writer. Coachella Valley Independent. “Evolving Art: Stephen Archdeacon Gallery’s Season-Opener, Two Artists Stand Out”. November 18, 2013.

Reed, Leslie. “Skidmore Contemporary Art Presents the Work of Renowned Artist Eric Nash”, Splash Magazine. September 2013.

Welles, Elenore. “Eric Nash at Skidmore Contemporary Art”, Art Scene Los Angeles. September 2013.

Leonardo, Kathy. “Eric Nash: Western Noir”, Artillery Magazine. November 6, 2013.

Ortuno Neil, Denise. “Art Abounds at Bar”, Coachella Valley Weekly. October 30, 2013. 

Stanton, Chris. “Eric Nash at Skidmore Contemporary Art”, dailydujour.com. October 23, 2013

Lancaster, Libby. “Skidmore Contemporary Art Features the Work of Acclaimed Artist Eric Nash”, Examiner.com. October 15, 2013.

Johns, Laurence. “Eric Nash”, Tinsel Tokyo. Summer 2013.

Fitzpatrick, Kyle. "Eric Nash Paints His Drive", laimyours.com. February 21, 2013.

Nelson, Liz. "Throwing a Party to End All Parties", The Desert Sun. December 21, 2012.

Powers, Jim. “Doomsday Party”, palmspringslife.com. December 20 - 23, 2012.

Knight, Kenya. "Apocalyptic Art", 354daysofsun.com. December 19, 2012.

Knight, Kenya. "PS, I Love Your Style", 354daysofsun.com. Novemer 6, 2012.

Keeps, David. "Palm Springs and the High Desert", Travel+Leisure. December 2011.

Keeps, David. "Palm Springs and the High Desert", travelandleisure.com. December 2011.

Dean, Will. "Palm Springs Artist Eric Nash Explores Highways of Art", mydesert.com. January 6 2012.

Dean, Will. "Palm Springs Artist Eric Nash Explores Highways of Art", Desert Outlook. January 2012.

Schulman, Sandra. "Darkness on the Edge of Town", Desert Valley Star Weekly. March 25 - 31, 2010.

Harris, Chloe. "Desert Cool", California Home + Design. May 2008.

Medson, Randall. "Made in the USA / 92262", Exit Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 4, Spring / Summer 2007.

 

SELECTED CORPORATION COLLECTIONS

Delta Airlines

The Cesar Chavez Foundation 

Pacific Investment Management Company, LLC

Busey Wealth Management

 

SELECTED PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Upon Request