codyericksonpainting

 

"The artist is extremely successful in luring the viewer into the image both visually and psychologically. The quiet of the figure and the place can become our own."

 

- Joseph Becherer, Frederik Meijer Gardens


Cody and Dakota / Image by Abbey Moore

Cody and Dakota / Image by Abbey Moore


B. 1986, DETROIT, MI

As a native to the eastern side of Michigan, Cody pursued his higher education in the arts here in our state. With a bachelor's degree in illustration from College for Creative Studies, he went on to further his exploration of the arts and art theory at Kendall College of Art and Design. Cody earned his MFA from KCAD in 2013 and has since went on to pursue his study of painting full time.

Propelled by a generation of instant gratification and digital awareness, Cody strives to bring meaning to an art form that is deeply rooted in our world's history yet is now considered counter-culture: painting. His artwork investigates the space between one's leisures and self and the cultivation of American civilization through interest or distraction. 

The realism within Cody's paintings proposes discourse on the pursuit or rebellion of visual quietness, organization, and detail orientation in a mass image-seeking culture. His chosen medium of oils symbolizes craftsmanship's emergence from a digital age.

When away from his studio, Cody is often found deeply immersed in his outdoor interests of plein air painting, rock climbing, and backpacking. Nature reimagined is and will continue to be Cody's ultimate muse.


CURRICULUM VITAE


JURIED GROUP

2015 ArtPrize, International Exhibition, Devos Place, Grand Rapids, MI

2014 ArtPrize, International Exhibition, Devos Place, Grand Rapids, MI

2013 Reimagining the Landscape and the Future of Nature, Artprize, International Exhibition, Grand Rapids Museum of Art, Grand Rapids, MI

2012 MFA Juried Exhibition, Devos Center, Grand Rapids, MI

2012 New Art New Artists, Michigan College Juried Exhibition, Ann Arbor Art Fair, International Exhibition, Ann Arbor, MI

2010 BFA Juried Group Exhibition, Alfred Taubman Center, Detroit, MI

2010 BFA Juried Group Exhibition, Detroit Athletic Club, Detroit, MI

2007-10 BFA Juried Group Exhibition, The Manoogian, Detroit, MI

INVITATIONAL

2015 25th Annual Miniatures Show, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO

2014 Community Push Fundraiser, Detroit, MI 

2010-12 Jeremy Lipking and Friends Open Studio Show, Agoura Hills, CA

2010-12 Great American Figurative Artists Exhibition, International Exhibition, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

2012 Potty Trained, Con Artist Crew Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI

2012 New Works, Greenwell, Grand Rapids, MI

2012 Clemente Skatepark Park Fundraiser, On location at Skatepark, Grand Rapids, MI

2012 Good Wood Show, Cave Gallery, International Exhibition, Detroit, MI

2012 Small Gems, International Exhibition, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

2008 Chronicles, 555 Gallery, Detroit, MI

GROUP

2013 Impact: Master In Fine Arts Graduation Exhibition, Helen Miller Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI

2012 Art Downtown, KCAD, Grand Rapids, MI

2011 Art Prize, International Exhibition, Grand Rapids, MI

2010 BFA Student Graduation Show, Ford Building, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

 

SOLO

2011 Cody Erickson: Recent Works, R-Studio, Los Angeles, CA


ACCOLADES


  • 2015 Finalist, Art Renewal Center's 2014-2015 International ARC Salon
  • 2015-14 Creative Quarterly
  • 2014 TOP 100 Artists, Creative Quarterly
  • 2013 TOP 100 Artprize Artist
  • 2013 MFA Graduation with High Honors Award, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI
  • 2011 Kendall Graduate Fellowship, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI
  • 2011 Kendall Scholarship of Merit, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI
  • 2011 Finalist, Bold Brush Art Competition, International Competition, Fineartviews.com
  • 2010 Graduation with Honors Award, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
  • 2010 Permanent Collection, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
  • 2009 Nelson Foundation Scholarship Award, Honorable Mention Detroit, MI
  • 2006-10 Faculty Award of Merit, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
  • 2006 College for Creative Studies Scholarship of Merit, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

 
Photo: Molly Erickson / Me up on Blue Sun, Indian Creek, Utah.

Photo: Molly Erickson / Me up on Blue Sun, Indian Creek, Utah.