September 18 – October 16, 2021
As an artist, I seek out singular and iconic scenes. Stripped of unneeded information and presented in a documentarian yet idealized way, I work to elevate and preserve highly familiar but often overlooked moments. Within this context, freeway signs and pools become the true monuments of Los Angeles. The signs are more than destination markers. They are graphic and bold icons emblazoned with the names of legendary places rising over the connective tissues of our city — freeways and boulevards. “101 Los Angeles”. “Sunset Blvd”. “Hollywood Blvd”. In a city built on hopes and dreams, they stamp the beginning of countless stories and memories of people from all backgrounds and from all places. The pools at night become emblematic of the mystery and possibility of Los Angeles. Together they create a portrait of a legendary city that is so strongly defined by the car and water.
A lifelong artist, Eric graduated with a BFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He began his career in Chicago while working as an advertising art director. This experience cemented his interest in universal and iconic imagery. He works in oil and charcoal and is known as a West Coast Realist. Important influences include Pop Art, American Realism and Cinematography.
Drawn to its iconic landscape, Nash relocated to Los Angeles in 2000. His work is in many private art collections in America and Europe, as well as corporate collections inlcuding Delta Airlines. He has been the subject of a wide range of print and online media articles. In addition to numerous solo gallery shows his work has been featured at Laguna Art Museum, Tucson Museum of Art, Palm Springs Museum of Art and the Riverside Art Museum. He currently lives and works in Yucca Valley, California.
Watch: A short film about artist Eric Nash and the West by filmmaker Joe Taylor.