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Erik Sandgren (Portland, Oregon)

Observed, Imagined and Remembered: the Northwest Landscape    
January 20 - February 27, 2021

Virtual Artist Talk: 
Friday, February 5, at 11:00 am on Facebook Live

Karin Clarke Gallery is excited to start the new year with a large exhibit of paintings and woodcut prints by Portland artist Erik Sandgren.
Originally from Corvallis, Erik Sandgren grew up plain-air painting with his father, Nelson Sandgren, noted painter and OSU art professor.

Erik earned degrees in art from Yale (BA ’75) and Cornell (MFA ’77) before serving as a one-person art department at Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen, WA, from 1989 through 2017. Now based in Portland, Erik exhibits broadly in solo, group and juried shows. His work is represented in numerous private and public collections, including the Franklin Furnace Gallery of the Museum of Modern Art, Yale University Art Gallery, the China National Academy of Fine Art in Hangzhou, Oregon State University, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Portland State University, University of Portland, Hallie Ford Museum and Maryhill Museum.

Erik’s interest has evolved beyond replicating a scene from observation, to creating a unique landscape style animated by imagination and invention. The expressive and dynamic paintings and prints that make up this exhibit celebrate the diversity of the Northwest landscape and exemplify Erik’s varied skills.

Read Eugene Weekly's article on the show here!

And the latest KLCC review by Sandy Brown Jensen


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.

Press: NORTHWEST LANDSCAPES BY ERIK SANDGREN FILL THE WALLS AT THE KARIN CLARKE GALLERY by Randi Bjornstad




 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
Chehalis Freighter ac on paper 11x15
Coquille River Summer wc 22x30
Crooked River wc 15x22
Festive Harbor  ac on panel 24x30
Surfers at Yaquina Head ac on panel 24x30 inches
Smith River wc 15x22
Sea from Cummins Creek ac on panel 24x30
Cummins Creek Meets the Sea, acrylic, reworked 2021, 30x40 inches - at artist's studio but available
Wagh Chuck - Acrylic on panel - 49 x 25"
Thought and Memory - Acrylic on panel - 32 x 37.5"
Thielsen from Crater Lake - Acrylic on cloth - 32.5 x 44" - SOLD
Steamboat Creek Steelhead - Acrylic on panel - 25.5 x 32"
Spring: Magnolias in Rain - Acrylic on panel - 29 x 35"
Sky Patterns - Acrylic on panel - 20 x 22"
Sea Perch Hunters - Acrylic on panel, 12 x 15"
Rocks and Surf - Acrylic on panel - 26 x 26"
Pacific Tumult - Acrylic on panel - 25 x 49" - SOLD
Overlook at Whale Cove - Acrylic on panel - 25.75 x 25.75"
On the Rocks - Acrylic on panel - 25 x 13"
Night Passage - Acrylic on panel - 21 x 25"
Nch'i-Wana - Acrylic on panel - 35 x 32"
N. Umpqua - Acrylic on panel - 31 x 37"
Misted Mountain I - Acrylic on panel - 19.75 x 23.75"
Low Ebb at Yachats - Acrylic on panel - 21 x 26"
Lone Drifter - Acrylic on muslin - 22 x 25" - SOLD
Klikitat - Acrylic on canvas - 40 x 24"
Fishermen - Acrylic on panel - 25 x 13"
Devil's Chasm Perpetua - Acrylic on panel - 23 x 29" SOLD
Deschutes - Acrylic on panel - 25 x 13" SOLD
Crooked River - Acrylic on panel - 28 x 28" SOLD
Coquille Light - Acrylic on panel - 22.5 x 29.75"
Cathedral Rock - Acrylic on panel - 31 x 37"
Beach Trio - Acrylic on fabric, panel - 22 x 25"
Many Boatmen - Woodcut print - 57 x 31"
Hsien - Woodcut print - 57 x 31"
Klikitat - Woodcut print - 44 x 31"

​Erik Sandgren probes the Northwest landscape as a witness sensitive to myth and history. 

Erik was born in Corvallis, Oregon in 1952 and grew up in the environs of Oregon State University. His father, Nelson Sandgren, was a noted painter and OSU art professor. Their household was saturated with the visual culture that fostered Erik’s early interests and education as a painter/printmaker. He went east to study at Yale (BA ’75) and Cornell (MFA ’77) where he expanded his painting and printmaking skills as part of the broad path of Ivy League liberal arts. His primary mentors were Bernard Chaet, Gretna Campbell and Erwin Hauer.

Like a homing salmon, Sandgren returned to the headwaters of his art and 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 a century old. In Aberdeen, Washington he served as a one-person art department at Grays Harbor College from 1989 through 2017. Several sabbaticals and the Fulbright program allowed him to pursue teaching and artist residencies in England and France where he explored that more settled landscape. He expanded his firsthand knowledge of history, Western art and architecture in ways that have contributed to his feeling for the mythos of the Pacific Northwest. 

Erik exhibits broadly in solo, group and juried shows. His work is represented 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, Oregon State University, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Portland State University, University of Portland, Hallie Ford Museum and Maryhill Museum.

Large scale public art projects include significant elements of the 4,600 square feet mural of Oregon landscapes on which he assisted his father in the Eugene/Springfield Airport in 1989. Murals in Grays Harbor include Elusive Witnesses, Nirvana and Aberdeen, Chehalis at Tidewater and the Centennial Project for the Port of Grays Harbor’s Commission Room commemorating a century of marine commerce in the context of the estuary’s natural riches.


Littoral People, 17x17, acrylic on panel
Alsea Bay
Coastal Forest, 12 x 15
Beach Walkers at Glyph Rock, 8 x 8, acrylic on panel
Washington Coast by Moonlight
ac on panel 15”x12” $600 - SOLD
Deshutes above Shearar's Bridge, acrylic on panel, 17.5"x29.5"
Coquille River Crabbers - acrylic on panel, 8" x 10"
Clammers at Low Tide - Charleston, acrylic on muslin on panel, 12" x 14.75"
Crater Lake - acrylic on panel, 17" x 20"
Heading Upriver - acrylic on panel, 12" x 15"
Perpetua from Cummins Creek - Acrylic on panel, 18" x 24"
Shore Acres - acrylic on panel, 12" x 14.5"
Under Way - acrylic on panel, 12" x 12.5"
Toketee Falls - acrylic on panel, 25.5" x 13.5" - SOLD
Yachats Fishermen - acrylic on panel, 16.5" x 19.5" SOLD
Pacific Tumult - Acrylic on panel, 25x49"
Face of the Wind - Woodcut print - 18.5 x 31.5"
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