west elm LOCAL - Erik Barthels

Erik Barthels

Erik Barthels creates deceptively simple paintings on paper. His work features a style of back-to-basics abstraction that is at once highly systematic and casually offhand. Characterized by simple forms, off-kilter color palettes, and an emphasis on process, his paintings draw from the history of minimalism and the discernible imperfection of traditional handicraft.

I create: original artwork and limited edition prints
I use: watercolors, ink, paper
Based in: Mandeville, LA
Favorite local hangout: Creole Creamery.
Design should be: unfussy, simple, and resonant.