Erik Vonploennies | UNITED STATES

My work is a collage of techniques, materials, and inspiration layered together over time, through a series of improvisational sessions. The ideas, feelings, and inspiration come from whatever I see and experience in everyday life. The end result is..

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Big Orange Sun by Erik Vonploennies, Mixed media on wood on wood
Big Orange SunMixed media on wood on wood27X30 cm Not for sell
The Dino Keyholder Deluxe by Erik Vonploennies, Mixed media on wood on wood
The Dino Keyholder DeluxeMixed media on wood on wood27X30 cm Not for sell
Deerbirds by Erik Vonploennies, Mixed media on wood on wood
DeerbirdsMixed media on wood on wood50X46 cm Not for sell
F-Train to 2nd Ave by Erik Vonploennies, Mixed media on wood on wood
F-Train to 2nd AveMixed media on wood on wood27X30 cm Not for sell
Green Sun by Erik Vonploennies, Mixed media on wood on wood
Green SunMixed media on wood on wood27X30 cm $300
Fish On A Leash by Erik Vonploennies, Mixed media on wood on wood
Fish On A LeashMixed media on wood on wood27X30 cm Not for sell
The Sun Is Always Black by Erik Vonploennies, Mixed media on wood on wood
The Sun Is Always BlackMixed media on wood on wood27X30 cm $200
Eye For An I by Erik Vonploennies, Mixed media on wood on wood
Eye For An IMixed media on wood on wood27X30 cm Not for sell
Fish Can't Swim by Erik Vonploennies, Mixed media on wood on wood
Fish Can't SwimMixed media on wood on wood27X30 cm Not for sell
Don't Drink The Water by Erik Vonploennies, Mixed media on wood on wood
Don't Drink The WaterMixed media on wood on wood50X46 cm $600
Snake In The Garden by Erik Vonploennies, Mixed media on wood on wood
Snake In The GardenMixed media on wood on wood27X30 cm $300
One Green Lizard by Erik Vonploennies, Mixed media on Wood
One Green LizardMixed media on Wood28X30 cm Not for sell
Bad Tomatoes by Erik Vonploennies, Mixed media on Wood
Bad TomatoesMixed media on Wood28X30 cm Not for sell
Summer Is Here Again by Erik Vonploennies, Mixed media on Wood
Summer Is Here AgainMixed media on Wood28X30 cm Not for sell
Made In Brooklyn by Erik Vonploennies, Mixed media on Wood
Made In BrooklynMixed media on Wood50X35 cm Not for sell
Year of the Rat by Erik Vonploennies, Mixed media on Wood
Year of the RatMixed media on Wood28X30 cm Not for sell
Unleaded by Erik Vonploennies, Mixed media on Canvas
UnleadedMixed media on Canvas50X40 cm Not for sell
Rainbow House by Erik Vonploennies, Mixed media on Wood
Rainbow HouseMixed media on Wood28X30 cm $300

About

Artist Statement My work is a collage of random thoughts and inspiration layered together through a series of improvisational sessions. Much of the content comes from my everyday life experiences. The end result is sometimes convoluted and abstract. It’s similar to a dream, where things get mixed together in strange ways. My theories and interpretations are documented for every painting, but remain open to interpretation by anyone.

Bio Erik Von Ploennies began experimenting with art in 2004 (age: 35), after visiting the Guggenheim Museum - NYC and seeing Vasily Kandinsky's, "Painting With White Border". His formal education is in electrical engineering and has no art training. Erik left his engineering career in 2007, and moved to Brooklyn, New York in July 2007 to pursue his interests in art. He is actively exhibiting in New York City. Erik classifies his artwork as modern primitive abstract, and mixes painting, drawing, and a variety of mediums and styles together.

Chronology 1969: Born, Erik Von Ploennies, Orange County, California. 1979: Enters artwork in Keep Your City Clean competition for the Anaheim Elementary School District and wins first prize. 1984: Inspired by the guitar playing of Randy Rhoads, and Eddie Van Halen; purchases an electric guitar. 1987: Graduates from Loara High School - Anaheim, CA and enrolls in Fullerton Community College, CA. as a music major. 1989: Changes major to electrical engineering with the goal of designing audio electronics for musicians. Plays guitar in various bands. 1991: Graduates from Fullerton Community College with an AA in Engineering, and transfers to California State Polytechnic University of Pomona. Continues to pursue BS in electrical engineering. Continues playing guitar in various bands. 1995: Graduates with a BS in electrical engineering and begins working as an electrical/audio engineer. 2004: Travels to New York City for a summer vacation. Visits the Guggenheim Museum and finds inspiration through Vasily Kandinsky's "Painting With White Border." Purchases an assortment of art supplies and begins experimenting with art through pencil and oil pastel drawings. 2005: Continues experimentation with art through watercolors, colored pencils, charcoal, and oil pastels, on paper. 2006: Begins experimenting with acrylic paints and mixing them with charcoal, colored pencils, oil pastels and newspaper on wood or canvas. 2007: Moves from California to Brooklyn, NY to further pursue interests in art. Begins exhibiting in small group exhibitions in New York City.

Education: BSEE (Electrical Engineering), 1995 - California State Polytechnic University of Pomona.

Select Exhibition History: 2008 Wytwornia Theater, Warsaw Poland – HAJDPARK: Visual arts festival. Brick House Gallery, Sacramento, CA GAGA Arts Festival, Garnerville, NY - Self-Taught/Outsider Art group exhibition. World Culture Open Gallery - New York, NY On The Bright Side Gallery, Jersey City, NJ TRA Gallery, Brooklyn NY - Juried group exhibition. Francesca Arcilesi & Gallery JAC, New York, NY Stain, Brooklyn, NY

2007 Avenue A - Restaurant & Gallery, New York, NY Bullet: Urban Artists Collaborative, New York, NY Niagara, New York, NY

Online Publications: 2008 Mungbeing – Issue #21, pg. 5-9 Proteus Magazine - Issue #4, pg. 46-47

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