We are pleased to present the paintings of Eric Stotik. His small, delicate narratives depict unusual worlds. Incorporating dreamlike figures and scapes that warrant further investigation, they elicit a darker side of the psyche. In style and scale, his renderings are totemic and intricate, often fooling the eye. With clarity of mission, the artist approaches his process as meditation. Time drops away and awareness becomes focused on the expressions of these microcosms. The flavor and maturity of his work has been influenced by his experiences working in and out of the book world, and a residency with Gordon Gilkey to pursue intaglio printmaking. Stotik’s work is intimate and mesmerizing.
Eric Stotik grew up between Papua, New Guinea and Melbourne, Australia. As an adult, he came to Portland to study art at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where he graduated in 1985. He won the prestigious Betty Bowen Memorial Award in 1994 and was Artist in Residence at the Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center for the Graphic Arts, Portland Art Museum in 1997. He has shown his work extensively throughout the Northwest. His work is included in the collections of: the Hallie Ford Museum at Willamette University, Salem; the Portland Art Museum; the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah; Idaho State University; the New York Public Library; and Yale University.