Erik Bennink - Biography
Erik has been painting for over 30 years and has used the medium as a means to communicate his various thoughts, ideas, reactions, moods and history. He graduated from the Illustration and Graphic Design program at Sheridan College. Some major influences are the American Abstract Expressionists Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell and Jackson Pollock, as well as Realists Andrew Wyeth and Alex Colville.
In his recent abstract works he allows colours to collide and juxtapose while maintaining direction and control when necessary. To achieve the desired results he has been employing sticks, garden tools, kitchen utensils, broken glass and other varied materials.
Erik sees each painting as an exciting adventure challenged by, and challenging the unfolding events that are revealed before his eyes.
He has had several solo exhibitions and has participated in many group shows.