Erik Sandgren - Land and Sea 
    April, 2018


    KLCC Interview

Karin Clarke Gallery        760 Willamette St. Eugene, OR. 97401         541.684.7963         kclarkegallery@mindspring.com
Erik Sandgren is a practicing and widely exhibiting artist as well as professor of Fine Arts and Humanities courses at Grays Harbor College. He has been the primary visual art faculty there since 1989: tenured since 1992.

His educational background is a BFA from Yale College (1975) and an MFA in painting and Printmaking from Cornell University (1977). His father was a professor of painting at Oregon State University: He grew up in a household saturated with visual art and visiting artists. His father’s most influential teacher at the University of Oregon had been David McCosh who had studied with the American Regionalist painter Grant Wood. This represents one of the two main strands of his background and education as a painter. The other complementary strand has been my ongoing connection with a milieu of east coast painters initiated during his undergraduate studies at Yale College with Bernard Chaet. Irwin Hauer, and Gretna Campbell.

He was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Exchange posting to England and have received two sabbatical leaves from GHC for European travel to paint and extend my background in the history of art and architecture. He has twice been artist in residence with the Alfred and Trafford Klots Program in Rochefort-en-Terre, Brittany administered by the Maryland Institute College of Art. He is a member of Print Arts Northwest, and has served six years as a board member of the Washington State Technical and Community College Humanities Association.

Spring Rain Squall, acrylic on panel, 20x22" panel size, 25x27" framed
Fisherman 12 x 16" acrylic on canvas
Chehalis Salmon Boats 18x24", acrylic on panel SOLD
Skiff, acrylic on panel, 10x16"
Seal Rock Looking North, acrylic on panel
Past work, available by request.
E Sandgren, Yachats Estuary ac on panel 24x30_ SOLD
1 ES Coquille River Estuary ac on panel  pending sale, please inquire
 Cummins Creek Meets the Sea in Rain ac on panel 24X30
Island of Deep Summer ac on panel 24x30  SOLD
 Petit Jardin sous les Chataigners ac on paper 25x31_
Tidewalkers at Yaquina Head ac on canvas 23X31
Splash of Sun Olympic Forest wc on paper 21x24_
 Indian Beach Trail ac on panel 21X25_
 Flood Tide oil on canvas 12x15_
 Riverside Aberdeen ac on canvas 24x48_
 Grays Harbor Log Booms ac on panel 14x20
Chehalis Bridges ac on panel 13x15
Olympic River wc 11x15
Seaside Wildflowers  Perpetua wc 15x22
Bandon Beach: Seven Devils ac on paper 15x22
Beach Figures at Yachats ac on panel 24x30
Beach Peeker wc and gouache 15x22
Chehalis Freighter ac on paper 11x15
Clearcut near Neilton ac on paper 11x15 SOLD
Cliffside Perch ac on panel 11x14 SOLD
Coquille River Summer wc 22x30
Crooked River wc 15x22
Depoe Summer ac on panel 24x30 SOLD
Festive Harbor  ac on panel 24x30
Humbug Mountain from Port Orford ac on canvas 18x24
Icicle River ac on panel 24x30
Winter Sun NW ac on paper 11x15 SOLD
Winter Cane-Berries watercolor and gouache 15x22
Waterfront Mill and Fishermen #2 ac on panel 17x13
Surfers at Yaquina Head ac on panel 24x30 inches
Streamside Perch oil on panel 9x11
Smith River wc 15x22
Seal Rocks at Low Tide ac on panel 24x30 SOLD
Seal Rock South ac on panel 18x24 SOLD
Sea Stacks at Mora wc 11x15
Sea from Cummins Creek ac on panel 24x30 - AT GALLERY
Ruby Beach ac on paper 11x15 SOLD
Perpetua Fog from Cummins Creek ac on panel 18x24
Perpetua from Cummins Creek ac on panel 18X24
Spruce Burl Forest ac on canvas 24x48
To greet the spring, Karin Clarke Gallery is pleased to welcome noted Northwest artist Erik Sandgren for a large exhibit of his landscape paintings.

Erik Sandgren was born in Corvallis, Oregon, in 1952, the son of prominent painter and OSU teacher Nelson Sandgren. Erik studied painting and printmaking at Yale (BA.1975) and Cornell (MFA, 1977). In 1989, he moved to Washington to serve as a one-man art department at Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen.  

This year, Erik  relocated to Portland, Oregon. To celebrate this transition, we are mounting an impressive show of nearly 40 paintings, mostly watercolors and acrylics on panel, all landscapes and seascapes of the Northwest.

Erik’s work has appeared in many solo, two-person, group, and juried shows, and his work is 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 a 4,000 square foot mural of Oregon landscapes, completed with his father, at the Eugene/Springfield Airport in 1989. In 2011, he painted a 75 foot mural for the Port of Grays Harbor’s Commission Room, commemorating 100 years of marine commerce and accentuating the natural riches of the vital estuary as the context for this productive harbor. More recently, Erik served as the lead artist on the Nirvana Mural Project in Aberdeen. 

Erik is currently a Board Member of Print Arts Northwest.

Please come and meet Erik at his Artist Reception, First Friday, April 6th, from 5:30-7:30 pm. At 7 p.m., Erik will speak as a featured stop on the ArtWalk Guided Tour.