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Erik
Koeppel
ARC Living Master™
American artist
born 1980

Born in: Oregon

Nationality:
American


Biographical Information

Contact Info:
P.O. Box 325
Jackson, NH 03846
Phone: (603) 383-7062
Website: www.erikkoeppel.com
Email: erik@erikkoeppel.com


Erik Koeppel was born in Oregon, and spent his childhood moving with his family through many of the most beautiful landscapes of North America from the Rocky Mountains, to Southern California, to the Appalachian Range. At the age of ten, he settled in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where he drew obsessively from nature, and began to develop a love for the expressive potentials of traditional representation. Erik received his formal training from the Rhode Island School of Design followed by the New York Academy of Art, and an annual apprenticeship in Wiscasset, Maine with his professor and friend, Seaver Leslie. After copying extensively from the Italian Masters, he developed a body of work that has been exhibited and collected internationally, and represented across the United States. Koeppel's mastery of traditional techniques has led him to become one of very few young contemporary artists whose work is regularly exhibited with historic masters of the 19th and early 20th Centuries. He has hung beside Thomas Cole, Winslow Homer, Edgar Degas, John Frederick Kensett, and George Inness, and has had the distinguished honor of entering many collections including artists of this caliber. American Artist, PleinAir Magazine, and other respected publications have covered his progress.

Education:
2004 New York Academy of Art. Master of Fine Arts in Painting
2002 Rhode Island School of Design. Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration
1999-2004 Painter/Professor Seaver Leslie of RISD, Apprenticeship at his studio

Exhibitions:
Solo:

2010 "Erik Koeppel: The American Landscape" at Wally Findlay Gallery in New York, NY
Group:
2012 "The Road to Jackson Show and Sale" Museum of White Mountain Art at Jackson, NH (exhibition includes Sanford Gifford, Asher B. Durand, and many more.)
2nd Annual Plein Air Competition Exhibition, Sagamore Hill, NY
"Classical Contemporary" at McColl Fine Art, Charlotte, NC
"International Antiques Fair" with McColl Fine Art, Chicago, IL
"Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting" Thorne-Sagendorph Gallery, Keene, NH
"Hudson River School and White Mountain Art" at the New Hampshire Antiques Co-op, Milford, NH
2011 "Hudson Valley Contemporary" at Boscobel House Museum, Garrison, NY
"Winter Wonderland" at Wally Findlay Gallery, New York, NY
"Summer Exhibition" The Banks Gallery Portsmouth, NH
"White Mountain Art" Jackson Historical Society, Jackson, NH
"ARC Salon 2011" Landscape Finalist
2010 "White Mountain Art" Jackson Historical Society in Jackson, NH
"Winter Scenes" at Wally Findlay Gallery in New York, NY
"ARC Salon 2010" Landscape finalist
"Take Home a Nude Auction" at Sotheby's New York, NY
2009 "Institute of Classical Architecture and a Classical America Benefit Auction" NYC, NY
"Take Home a Nude Auction" at Sotheby's in New York, NY
"Works on Paper" at Wally Findlay Gallery in New York, NY
"Fete de Swifty" Mayor Fund Benefit in New York, NY
"The Hampton Designer Showcase" with Bradley Thiergartner Interiors in Hampton, NY
"Art for the Young Collector" at Wally Findlay Gallery in Palm Beach, FL
"Summer Selections" at Wally Findlay Gallery in Palm Beach, FL
"ARC Salon 2009" Landscape finalist
"Erik Koeppel Artist Talk" at Wally Findlay Gallery in New York, NY
"Elegant Realism" at Wally Findlay Gallery in New York, NY
2008 "Small Wonders" at Wally Findlay Gallery in New York, NY
"Contemporary Works" at Wally Findlay Gallery in New York, NY
"Art Hamptons" with Wally Findlay Gallery in Bridgehampton, NY
"Summer Salon" at the NYAA in New York, NY
"Take Home a Nude Auction" at Phillips de Pury & Company in New York, NY
2007 "Singular Creation" at Wally Findlay Gallery in New York, NY
"Color Sense" at Wally Findlay Gallery in Palm Beach, FL
"Art for the Young Collector" at Wally Findlay Gallery in New York, NY
"30th Annual Non-members Exhibition" at the Salmagundi Club in New York, NY
"Summer Landscapes" Group Show at the Jameson Gallery in Portland, ME
Paul Toner's Showcase, in New York, NY
2006 "Summer Exhibition" at Jameson Gallery in Portland, ME December
"Invitational Landscape Exhibition" at Jameson Gallery in Portland, ME
"Open Painting Exhibition" at the Providence Art Club in Providence, RI
2004 "Master Thesis Exhibition" at NYAA in New York, NY
"What's your point?" Metal-point Drawing Exhibition at NYAA in New York, NY
"Hatching, the Art of Mark Making" at NYAA in New York, NY
2002 "The New England Exhibition" at the Cape Cod Art Association in Barnstable, MA
"RISD Senior Class Invitational Exhibition" in Providence, RI
"Five Person Show" at the ISB Gallery in Providence, RI.
"RISD Departmental Senior Show" at the Woods-Gerry Gallery in Providence, RI

Honors and Awards:
2012 Judge, Teaching Studio of Art 2nd Annual Plein Air Competition, Sagamore Hill, NY
2011 Hudson River Fellowship, Senior Fellow, Hunter, NY 2010 and 2011
Art Renewal Center Salon Landscape finalist 2009, 2010, and 2011
2009 Hudson River Fellowship: one month residency in Hunter, NY 2009

Representation:
Wally Findlay Galleries in New York City, Palm Beach, and Barcelona 2007-12
McColl Fine Art Charlotte, NC 2012
The Banks Gallery, Portsmouth, NH 2010-12
New Hampshire Antiques Co-op, Milford, NH 2012
Jackson Historical Society, Jackson, NH 2010-12
Jameson Gallery in Portland, ME 2006-7

Publications:
2012 "Techniques of the Hudson River School Masters with Erik Koeppel", DVD, Streamline Publishing.
"Nature's Palette" Cover, and Saturday Feature by Tom Eastman, The Conway Daily Sun. July 14
"Old Time Relationship" Cover The Telegraph Magazine by Jake Berry, Sunday June 17
"(Upfront) The Old is New Again" by Barbara Coles, New Hampshire Magazine, August
"On the Road To Jackson..." by Cynthia Melendy, Ph.D., The MountainEar, June 14,
"Erik Koeppel: Informed and Inspired by the Hudson River School" by Steven Doherty in PleinAir Magazine August 2012
"What Better Place to Paint?" by Kristi Garofalo, Union Leader, April 10th
2011 "The Malzahn Collection" by Mathias Anderson, Fine Art Connoisseur, December issue
"Revisiting the Hudson River School" by John A. Parks, American Artist: Plein Air Painting, Fall Issue
"Landscape Painting in the 19th-Century Tradition" by Stephen Doherty, PleinAir Magazine, Fall Issue
"PleinAirMagazine's Publisher's Invitational" PleinAir Magazine, Fall Issue
"Hudson Valley Contemporary: Works on Paper" catalogue
Art Renewal Center International Salon Catalogue
2010 American Painting Video Magazine, Fall issue, "The Hudson River Fellowship"
Art + Auction, January Issue
Art Renewal Center International Salon Catalogue
"Erik Koeppel, The American Landscape" catalogue, Wally Findlay Gallery
2009 Art + Auction, December Issue
"Erik Koeppel, Kickin' it Old School" Manhattan Magazine, November Issue
Art Renewal Center International Salon Catalogue
Quest Magazine, November Issue
Quintessential Style Magazine, Fall Issue

Statement:
In the act of painting, I have sought to discover that highest knowledge of Beauty, poetic and philosophical, that has been the common thread between all of the Great Masters of Art. I have spent hours staring at the finest masterpieces in museums worldwide in an effort to decipher that meditative effect that distinguishes greatness from proficiency, and have made the creation of that sentiment my central goal as an artist. Following this path has led me to study deeply the sciences of philosophy, design, linear perspective, anatomy, color, optics, architecture, botany, light and atmosphere with respect to their purposes in art, and I have built a foundation of consistent formal principles that work in harmony to illuminate meaning in painting. As my subject, I have chosen the universal human condition in this world, and have sought wherever possible to discard the sociopolitical fashions of contemporary culture in favor of those enduring sentiments that we all encounter in life. It is my belief that to experience the Beauty of our existence here in this magnificent landscape is the only way to happiness. My intention as an artist is to share that Beauty.

Kaaterskill Falls

-2009
Oil on canvas
121.92 x 182.88 cm
(48" x 72")
Private collection

Added: 2012-09-13
Kaaterskill Falls
Europa

-2011
Oil on canvas
91.44 x 106.68 cm
(36" x 42")
Private collection

Added: 2012-09-13
Europa
The Fisherman in the Adirondacks

-2011
Oil on canvas
50.8 x 76.2 cm
(20" x 30")
Private collection

Added: 2012-09-13
The Fisherman in the Adirondacks
The Heart of the Wilderness

-2011
Oil on canvas
88.9 x 116.84 cm
(35" x 46")
Private collection

Added: 2012-09-13
The Heart of the Wilderness
Along the Hudson

-2011
Oil on canvas
35.56 x 55.88 cm
(14" x 22")
Private collection

Added: 2012-09-13
Along the Hudson
Sunrise Over the Hudson

-2011
Oil on canvas
111.76 x 182.88 cm
(44" x 72")
Private collection

Added: 2012-09-13
Sunrise Over the Hudson
Memory of Retiro

-2009
Oil on canvas
76.2 x 101.6 cm
(30" x 40")
Private collection

Added: 2012-09-13
Memory of Retiro
The Return

-2009
Oil on canvas
76.2 x 66.04 cm
(30" x 26")
Private collection

Added: 2012-09-13
The Return
Morning Moon

-2009
Oil on canvas
91.44 x 71.12 cm
(36" x 28")
Private collection

Added: 2012-09-13
Morning Moon
Pastures of the Catskills

-2011
Oil on panel
45.72 x 60.96 cm
(18" x 24")
Private collection

Added: 2012-09-13
Pastures of the Catskills