“THEM” is a show celebrating creative mavericks that were brave enough to express themselves the way they wanted to (or still do) –ignoring the restraints of critics, society or their own fears of the unknown. It’s visionaries like these that inspire the creatively curious to continue to discover, push, and invent new forms of artistic expression today.  These mixed-media portraits (photography, collage, digital collage, acrylics, wood, paper, canvas, and even vinyl…) represent just a few of those that have inspired me. 

“THEM” is a show celebrating creative mavericks that were brave enough to express themselves the way they wanted to (or still do) –ignoring the restraints of critics, society or their own fears of the unknown. It’s visionaries like these that inspire the creatively curious to continue to discover, push, and invent new forms of artistic expression today.  These mixed-media portraits (photography, collage, digital collage, acrylics, wood, paper, canvas, and even vinyl…) represent just a few of those that have inspired me. 

GENIUS CHILD Eric Ronshaugen Mixed Media: Digital Collage / Acrylic / Paper on Wood Panel 40x40   ($1400) Jean, a kid from Brooklyn, stood out from the rest through his poetic expressions of social commentary. He started with provocative phrases and moved to painted pieces, which perhaps spoke more than just the words themselves.  He used a mixture of poetry, drawing, and painting, blending text and image, abstraction, figuration, and historical information to bring attention to power structures, racism, and class struggle. His popularity skyrocketed his worth with collectors, forcing him to deal with people he originally despised. The pressures to keep up with his reputation as a major artist led to drug use that ultimately took his life at the young age of 27. He was just a child… a genius child.  Jean-Michel Basquiat   (December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988)  “I don’t listen to what art critics say. I don’t know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.” –Jean-Michel Basquiat

GENIUS CHILD

Eric Ronshaugen

Mixed Media: Digital Collage / Acrylic / Paper on Wood Panel

40x40   ($1400)

Jean, a kid from Brooklyn, stood out from the rest through his poetic expressions of social commentary. He started with provocative phrases and moved to painted pieces, which perhaps spoke more than just the words themselves.  He used a mixture of poetry, drawing, and painting, blending text and image, abstraction, figuration, and historical information to bring attention to power structures, racism, and class struggle. His popularity skyrocketed his worth with collectors, forcing him to deal with people he originally despised. The pressures to keep up with his reputation as a major artist led to drug use that ultimately took his life at the young age of 27. He was just a child… a genius child. 

Jean-Michel Basquiat   (December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988)

 I don’t listen to what art critics say. I don’t know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat

INNERVISIONS Eric Ronshaugen Mixed Media: Collage / Acrylic / Paper on Wood Panel 30x30   ($800) SOLD As his 30 years at Motown can attest, Stevie Wonder has been a musical icon.  First, he was a child prodigy. Then, a young man with a soulful and multifaceted talent.  As an adult he was driven by the challenge of realizing his ever-deepening inner visions. Ever since I was a kid I have been drawn to Stevie’s music. He helped me see soul. He helped me see jazz. He helped me see funk. Help me see injustices in our society. He helped me see all races as equal. I wish we all could see like Stevie. Stevie Wonder   (May 13, 1950 – Age 66) “Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn't mean he lacks vision.” –Stevie Wonder

INNERVISIONS

Eric Ronshaugen

Mixed Media: Collage / Acrylic / Paper on Wood Panel

30x30   ($800) SOLD

As his 30 years at Motown can attest, Stevie Wonder has been a musical icon.  First, he was a child prodigy. Then, a young man with a soulful and multifaceted talent.  As an adult he was driven by the challenge of realizing his ever-deepening inner visions.

Ever since I was a kid I have been drawn to Stevie’s music. He helped me see soul. He helped me see jazz. He helped me see funk. Help me see injustices in our society. He helped me see all races as equal.

I wish we all could see like Stevie.

Stevie Wonder   (May 13, 1950 – Age 66)

“Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn't mean he lacks vision.”

Stevie Wonder

POET PAINTER Eric Ronshaugen Mixed Media: Digital Collage / Acrylic / Canvas on Wood Panel 24x24   ($750) Chagall paints poetry- his work is very dream-like and filled with love, despair, and hope. Christ’s crucifixion is often a recurring image in his paintings. Chagall believed Christ martyred on the cross was an ultimate symbol of the Jewish people’s long-term suffering and strife. Chagall painted his emotions, creating his own deeply personal visual language. Marc Chagall (July 6, 1887 – 28 March 28, 1985) “If all life moves inevitably towards its end, then we must, during our own, color it with our colors of love and hope.” –Marc Chagall  "When Chagall paints you do not know if he is asleep or awake. Somewhere or other inside his head there must be an angel.” –Pablo Picasso

POET PAINTER

Eric Ronshaugen

Mixed Media: Digital Collage / Acrylic / Canvas on Wood Panel

24x24   ($750)

Chagall paints poetry- his work is very dream-like and filled with love, despair, and hope. Christ’s crucifixion is often a recurring image in his paintings. Chagall believed Christ martyred on the cross was an ultimate symbol of the Jewish people’s long-term suffering and strife. Chagall painted his emotions, creating his own deeply personal visual language.

Marc Chagall (July 6, 1887 – 28 March 28, 1985)

“If all life moves inevitably towards its end, then we must, during our own, color it with our colors of love and hope.”

Marc Chagall

 "When Chagall paints you do not know if he is asleep or awake. Somewhere or other inside his head there must be an angel.”

Pablo Picasso

UN-ABSTRACTION  Eric Ronshaugen Mixed Media: Digital Collage / Acrylic / Paper on Wood Panel 40x40   ($1400) During the 1960s, Jackson Pollock was viewed as one of the most important figures in the art world, and one of the innovators of the avant-garde styles that were beginning to emerge. Pollock’s personal struggles, such as his raging alcoholism, added to his often-publicized "superstar" status. In a way, his painting style reflected his lifestyle –Splattered chaos resulting in a powerful unapologetic boldness, which filled his canvases with movement, pain, and beauty. Jackson Pollock    (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956) “Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.” –Jackson Pollock  

UN-ABSTRACTION

 Eric Ronshaugen

Mixed Media: Digital Collage / Acrylic / Paper on Wood Panel

40x40   ($1400)

During the 1960s, Jackson Pollock was viewed as one of the most important figures in the art world, and one of the innovators of the avant-garde styles that were beginning to emerge. Pollock’s personal struggles, such as his raging alcoholism, added to his often-publicized "superstar" status. In a way, his painting style reflected his lifestyle –Splattered chaos resulting in a powerful unapologetic boldness, which filled his canvases with movement, pain, and beauty.

Jackson Pollock    (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956)

“Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.”

–Jackson Pollock

 

COLOR FULL Eric Ronshaugen Mixed Media: Digital Collage / Acrylic / Paper on Wood Panel 30x30   ($1000)  Hockney’s life has not been governed by problems or struggles, instead he has taken great strides to bypass much personal suffering and discontent. David Hockney has often been regarded as a flamboyant playboy of the art world. Yet, he has always retained a sense of stability in his life through his constant and tireless devotion to his work–Bold colorful art reflecting his lust for life. David Hockney   (July 9, 1937 – Age 79) “The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you're an artist.” –David Hockney

COLOR FULL

Eric Ronshaugen

Mixed Media: Digital Collage / Acrylic / Paper on Wood Panel

30x30   ($1000)

 Hockney’s life has not been governed by problems or struggles, instead he has taken great strides to bypass much personal suffering and discontent. David Hockney has often been regarded as a flamboyant playboy of the art world. Yet, he has always retained a sense of stability in his life through his constant and tireless devotion to his work–Bold colorful art reflecting his lust for life.

David Hockney   (July 9, 1937 – Age 79)

The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you're an artist.”

–David Hockney

RE-SEE  Eric Ronshaugen Mixed Media: Collage / Wood / Acrylic / Paper on Wood Panel 30x30   ($1200) Rauschenberg believed that painting related to "both art and life” and that “neither can be made." Following this belief, he created art that moved between these realms in constant dialogue with viewers and the surrounding world. He repurposed what we see and understand as common and reshaped it into “art.” Rauschenberg was a rule breaker who acted as a modern-day street artist before his time.  Robert Rauschenberg   (October 22, 1925 – May 12, 2008) “Being right can stop all the momentum of a very interesting idea.” –Robert Rauschenberg

RE-SEE

 Eric Ronshaugen

Mixed Media: Collage / Wood / Acrylic / Paper on Wood Panel

30x30   ($1200)

Rauschenberg believed that painting related to "both art and life” and that “neither can be made." Following this belief, he created art that moved between these realms in constant dialogue with viewers and the surrounding world. He repurposed what we see and understand as common and reshaped it into “art.” Rauschenberg was a rule breaker who acted as a modern-day street artist before his time.

 Robert Rauschenberg   (October 22, 1925 – May 12, 2008)

“Being right can stop all the momentum of a very interesting idea.”

Robert Rauschenberg

GREEN PEA $OUP Eric Ronshaugen Mixed Media: Digital Collage / Paper on Wood Panel 30x30   ($1000) Today, Andy Warhol is almost synonymous with Pop Art.  Not only did he change the way we look at common items, he became a magnet that attracted others who wanted to experiment and push the boundaries of what art could be. His fresh take on art made him a commercial success and gained him a following of fellow aspiring artists who shared the same vision –proving art can be just as much about a lifestyle as a finished canvas hanging on a gallery wall. Andy Warhol   (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987) “Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” –Andy Warhol

GREEN PEA $OUP

Eric Ronshaugen

Mixed Media: Digital Collage / Paper on Wood Panel

30x30   ($1000)

Today, Andy Warhol is almost synonymous with Pop Art.  Not only did he change the way we look at common items, he became a magnet that attracted others who wanted to experiment and push the boundaries of what art could be. His fresh take on art made him a commercial success and gained him a following of fellow aspiring artists who shared the same vision –proving art can be just as much about a lifestyle as a finished canvas hanging on a gallery wall.

Andy Warhol   (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987)

“Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.”

–Andy Warhol

Overcast Eric Ronshaugen Mixed Media: Digital Collage / Plexi / Paper on Wood Panel 30x30   ($800) SOLD Born in the rainy overcast small town of Aberdeen, Washington, Kurt was greatly impacted by the divorce of his parents when he was 9. Eventually his mother gave full custody to Kurt’s dad who in turn entrusted family and friends to help take care of him. He felt unwanted by his parents and grew to despise authority figures and to some extent people in general. His outlet became the Seattle punk scene where he found freedom in releasing his stored-up anger.  A lot of the time pain gives birth to creativity. Kurt began to create music and he eventually became the driving force behind the mega rock band Nirvana. Arguably the most successful band to come out of Seattle’s “Grunge” scene, Nirvana was a welcome break from the over-produced glam rock acts of the 80’s. Kurt’s music was real and raw–a manifestation of his angst. Tortured by neglect, he ironically became tortured by success and turned to heroin as a misguided savior to deal with his depression and the demands of fame.     Kurt Cobain   (February 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994) “I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.” –Kurt Cobain

Overcast

Eric Ronshaugen

Mixed Media: Digital Collage / Plexi / Paper on Wood Panel

30x30   ($800) SOLD

Born in the rainy overcast small town of Aberdeen, Washington, Kurt was greatly impacted by the divorce of his parents when he was 9. Eventually his mother gave full custody to Kurt’s dad who in turn entrusted family and friends to help take care of him. He felt unwanted by his parents and grew to despise authority figures and to some extent people in general. His outlet became the Seattle punk scene where he found freedom in releasing his stored-up anger.  A lot of the time pain gives birth to creativity. Kurt began to create music and he eventually became the driving force behind the mega rock band Nirvana. Arguably the most successful band to come out of Seattle’s “Grunge” scene, Nirvana was a welcome break from the over-produced glam rock acts of the 80’s. Kurt’s music was real and raw–a manifestation of his angst. Tortured by neglect, he ironically became tortured by success and turned to heroin as a misguided savior to deal with his depression and the demands of fame.    

Kurt Cobain   (February 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994)

I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.”

–Kurt Cobain