Erik Sandgren | Painter / Printmaker

Erik Sandgren is a painter and printmaker long associated with the arts in the Pacific Northwest. He works in many media – responding to the water, landforms, skies and figures in the landscapes of his travels and with special emphasis on the ocean, rivers and mountains of the Pacific Northwest. This particular concentration has been represented by a retrospective at the Polson Museum in Hoquiam WA. Sandgren’s large scale painting projects in public places include murals in the W.S. Abel and Aberdeen Timberland Libraries, Port of Grays Harbor Centennial Mural Project, Nirvana and Aberdeen and the 4300 square foot Eugene/Springfield Airport Concourse project on which he assisted his father, Nelson, in 1989. He has been tenured at Grays Harbor College as primary art faculty since 1992. In 1995-96 he was a Fulbright Exchange Teacher in England. Erik has twice been artist-in-residence in Brittany with the Maryland Institute Klots Residency program in France. In Spring 2009 Erik taught in Florence, Italy for the Washington Community College Consortium for Study Abroad. Sandgren is a long-standing member of Print Arts Northwest. A recent commission for the Oregon State University Foundation is documented in the last Oregon Stater (see “Celebratory Painting”) and sited in the OSU President’s office.