ERIC MECUM artist
Leaving Chicago and Ragdale news
November 30, 2012
I just finished up a 4 week residency at Ragdale. I was working on 16 new paintings in their new Meadow studio. Great space! The bicycle on my front page is the first and only painting I finished during my stay. Fans of my painting Blue Dog will be happy to hear there is new version of the wire dog I'm working on. Sadly the dog and 14 other great looking but unfinished paintings are now in storage waiting for a new studio so I can finish those up.
Moving/leaving Chicago and going on a 2 month road trip. I will be relocating to Tulsa to paint without distraction, and fish with my dad. At some point this useless website will be killed and a new one eventually built. Cheers
Video Tour of the Sky Show
April 6, 2012
Here is a link to a short video of the paintings displayed at the Center for Visual And Perf Arts.
The Sky Show - A Youtube video tour
The Sky Show - Paintings by Eric Mecum
October 13, 2011
A sky themed show at The Center for Visual & Performing Arts. Runs from October 14 - November 27, 2011
I made 14 new paintings for this show with another 6 older paintings that inspired the theme. These will be hung in the art center's atrium, so all the blue skies will be lit with natural light! It will be spectacular sight.
If you make the 25 mile trip from Chicago, you can also take in a visit to 3 Floyds Brewery, just down the road from the Arts center. And in the Arts Center's Gallery, the 68th Salon show is up until Nov. 6. and after Nov. 14, 'Americian Pop' opens in the gallery. All the big names in the Pop movement will be shown.
A special 'Thank You' goes out to Susan Frasca. Without her generous loan of a studio space I would not have been about to produce the art I created. So if you're in Chicago, please visit her restaurant, Kinzie Chophouse, for a wonderful meal. Also look for my street scene painting in her dinning area!
Broken website....news update
August 12, 2011
Again. I want to apologize for my website. It was hacked, (hate to point fingers, but it was the Russians!) and now its missing the files that allow me to update certain things. I'm working on a completely new website that should be up soon. This web, and the Russians fingerprints will be removed forever.
I've been working on paintings for a show in October that will run from Oct. 14 to Nov. 28 at The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, in Munster, IN. The show is titled, The Sky Show. The blue hue of the sky seemed to be a common subject so I thought I would focus on that for this show. Clocks ticking, so back to the studio!
July 7, 2010
I haven't updated this page in a while. Lets blame it on the economy for now. What have I been up to?
Last August I did an interview for Neoteric Art. It's a blog for discussing everything pertaining to art! Check out the website and my interview: Neoteric Art
About the same time last year I sold another painting to BMO Financial Groups art collection. The painting they bought was 'Highway 99'. (Their previous purchase was 'Metal toys are dead to kids')
January 2010, there was an article on my 'branding my own name print ad series' in CS Interiors (Winter 2010 issue). You can find the article here: CS Interiors on page 24.
February I started a portrait of my grampa for the BP Portrait Award Contest in London. Shortly thereafter he passed away and threw my schedule off and I missed the deadline to enter. He'll be happy to know I'll enter it next year.
I'm having a solo show of my neon wood cut-out paintings also a few reg. neon paintings at Swell Gallery in West Dundee, IL. Opening reception is Saturday July 31 from 3pm to 8pm.
Nice treat after 4th of July vacation, I opened my mailbox today to find the current issue of Time Out Chicago, their Neon edition. There's a cool article on my neon paintings: Time Out Chicago
I've entered the ArtPrize (www.artprize.org) contest in Grand Rapids, MI. Show opens Sept. 22. The idea I submitted is #2 in my Metal Toys Are Dead To Kids series, pair of beat up skates this time. Should be interesting; I have until Sept to finish it. If you make it out to G.R. my painting will be showcased at WMCAT -West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology
Lastly! If you're an orthopedic surgeon that loves art, or maybe you know one!? I know some knees that would love to do a trade!
The Cello Series - Artist Statement
October 4, 2008
That fantastic cello: the shape, the size, the proportions, the history, the craftsmanship, the colors, the character, the aging...and how can we not mention the music these lovely things produce? Since the very first show at Ossia, I have had this idea to combine my admiration for this instrument with my artistic skills. Somewhat my first attempt at doing this, I was not sure what was going to come of it. In the past my obsession led me to buy a cello, though I did not even play. I have sketched cello designs and will attempt to build one in the near future, but working from one subject — like I did for this project — was a new experience for me. I took great pleasure in the resulting painting techniques, work ethic and final compositions. I am not sure when my love affair with the cello started, but I can safely say it will never end.
Musicians give you sound; I will give you my images.