ERIC NYQUIST – Ramsar Rights

10.12.2009-28.02.2010

Eric Nyquist calls himself a ”visual journalist“. “I try to pay attention to what’s going on around me”, he says, “I observe my sourroundings and than react. I usually gravitate towards a response that somehow incorporates science and nature.”

He was born in a small town in northern California called Turlock, where he grew up on an orchard. He studied at Art Center College in Pasadena. Right now, he lives in Los Angeles.

Most of the reoccurring themes in his work somehow relate back to his foundation that began in Turlock: Animals and floristic ornaments are present in almost every image. From a distance, his effort on paper May seem to be a blur, but upon a closer look, his pages are overcome by the most beautifully detailed images. The numerous lines and shapes are overwhelming to the eyes.

He describes his working process as follows: “I try not to have too many rules about my work; my main goal is to communicate my ideas in interesting ways. Drawing is very important to me, because it shows my thinking in as honest a way possible. I have a very unapologetic approach to my work. I create an image, and its out in the world, I try to learn from it and move on to the next idea.”

Where does he find his inspiration? “Los Angeles is a never-ending hub of learning and activity.  I frequent places like the Los Angeles Zoo, The Autry Museum and the Angeles National Forest.  There is a renewable supply of experience and inspiration within my circumference.”