Credit: Alexander Erikson, Weegit Discovers the Spirit of Addiction, 2021, (detail).
Thursday Artist Talk: Alexander Erickson, "Stories through Formline"
In this talk organized by Surrey Art Gallery Association, painter and carver Alexander Erickson shares his journey with Northwest Coast formline art.
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Free. Proof of vaccination is required with government-issued photo ID.
Finding inspiration in his connection to the land, Alexander Erickson makes paintings and carvings that honour stories from the past, present, and future. He’ll share his journey with Northwest Coast formline and how he became entranced with this art form. Each shape and line work together to convey a story heard with the heart, mind, and eye. “Let each piece create or disturb the peace,” he says.
Erickson uses both traditional as well as contemporary materials to create his striking artworks. His favourite medium is working with wood—creating sculptures, masks, panels, and plaques. However, he has also created pieces on glass, hide, canvas, and paper.
About the Artist
Alexander Erickson is from the Dakelh and the Haisla. He now lives with his family on Coast Salish Territory, known as KwitKwitlum (Coquitlam). He creates art pieces that reflect the lineage of his Haisla background while simultaneously reflecting current events. He has held onto this passion since he was young. Alexander is self-taught, with minimal instruction before going to Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art. His style is unique when depicting stories, which reflects the impact the story has on him.
About Surrey Art Gallery Association
Surrey Art Gallery Association (SAGA) is a non-profit society that offers its members the opportunity to participate in and respond to contemporary art and be part of a community that actively supports Surrey Art Gallery.