Erik Saxon

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Adjunct Lecturer of Art
Music and Art



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Erik Saxon has exhibited his work internationally for the past forty years, including Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. His work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at venues, such as Stark Gallery, Lorence/Monk Gallery, Florence Lynch Gallery (all NYC), Modernism (San Francisco, CA), Newspace (Los Angeles, CA), Galerie L’A (Liege, Belgium), Georgia Museum of Art (Athens, GA), Bowdoin College Museum of Art (Brunswick, ME), Cincinnati Museum of Art (Cincinnati, OH), Krannert Art Museum (Champaign, IL), Brevard Museum of Art and Science (Melbourne, FL), Sunrise Museum (Charleston, WV), Gibbes Museum of Art (Charleston, SC), Wilhelm-Hack Museum (Ludwigshafen, Germany), Raum für Malerei, artothek, Kolnisches Stadt Museum (all Cologne, Germany), Kunstverein Arnsberg (Arnsberg, Germany), Museum Gegenstandsfreier Kunst (Landkreis Cuxhaven, Germany), Mondriaanhuis (Amersfoort, Netherlands), Museum of Modern Art (Belgrade, Serbia), Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Esteban Vicente (Segovia, Spain), and Museo Cantonale d’Arte (Lugano, Switzerland).

Erik is most closely associated with the Radical Painting Group active in NYC during the 1970s and early 1980s. The group stressed a radical return to the core concerns of painting. The group’s other participants included artists Marcia Hafif, Dale Henry, Anders Knutsson, Joseph Marioni, Olivier Mosset, Phil Sims, Doug Sanderson, Susanna Tanger, Frederic Matys Thursz, Merrill Wagner, and Jerry Zeniuk, among others.


The work i do is often related to the radical painting group. I met with them in the early 80’s and have shown with different members of the group since then. I do monochrome pieces that are shown alone; sometimes i show more than one panel creating a composition on the wall; the paintings can be separate or joined; i also make shaped pieces.

Primal forms have played an important role in my philosophy. In my student years i became interested in the forms that are seen in all cultures; the square, the circle, the cross, the vesiculs pieces, the spiral, and the four and the nine square division of a square. I am not interested in the attatched meaning to these forms ; for myself the cross is not a christian symbol , it is a universal form. Since 1974 my palette has primarly been limited to the primaries and black and white; there are some variations.


Courses Taught

Research and Projects

One And Two Person Exhibitions:

  • ​2011      Minus Space. Brooklyn, Ny. Paintings 1973 – 2011.
  • ​2003      Artothek, Cologne (Köln), Germany.
  • 2001    Galerie  Krohn,  Badenweiller, Germany.  Paintings And Gouaches.
  • ​1994    Studio A, , Museum Gegenstandsfreir Kunst, Otterndorf, Germany. With Marcia Haffif.
  • ​1993    Stark Gallery, New York. Paintings And Drawins, 1974-1993.
  • 1991    Newspace, Los Angeles, Ca. Sculpture, Painting, Drawing 1979-81. With Alan Wayne.
  • Galerie L’a, Liege, Belgium. Sculpture, Painting, And Drawings.
  • Modernism, San Francisco. Paintings And Drawings, 1974-1991.
  • 1990    Ihara Ludens Gallery, New York. White Paintings And Drawings.
  • Ars Nova Galerie, Goteborg, Sweden. Drawings, Paintings, And Sculpture, 1973 – 90.
  • 1989    Stark Gallery, New York. Painting, Drawing, Sculpture. November.
  • Stark Gallery, New York. Drawings, 1974 – 89. April.
  • 1987    Raum Für Malerei, Koln (Cologne), Germany. Paintings. May – June.
  • 1986    Modernism, San Francisco. 1978 – 86. Paintings And Drawings.
  • 1981    Leah Levy Gallery, San Francisco. Drawings 1973 – 81.
  • 1979    Modernism, San Francisco. Paintings And Drawings, 1974​ – 77. October.


  • Artothek, Kolnisches Stadt Museum, Koln (Cologne), Germany.
  • Bank Of America, San Francisco, CA.
  • Colby College Museum Of Art, Waterville, ME.
  • Goteborgs Konstmuseum, Goteborg, Sweden.
  • Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA.
  • Hornik, Lita. New York, NY.
  • Ibm, San Jose, CA.
  • Kramarsky, Wynn. New York, NY.
  • Minkel, Herbert. New York, NY.
  • Mondriaanhuis, Museum Voor Constructieveen Concrete Kunst, Amersfoort, Netherlands.
  • RotrautMoquay-Klein And Daniel Moquay, Paradise Valley, Az.
  • Moma, Museum Of Modern Art, New York. Gift Of Wynn Kramarsky
  • Morris And Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University Of British Columbia, Vancover, B.C., Canada.
  • Museo Cantonale D’arte Of Lugano, Switzerland. Donation By Giuseppe Panza.
  • Museum Gegenstandsfreier Kunst, Studio A, Otterndorf, Germany.
  • Museum Fur Kommunikation, Frankfurt, Germany.
  • Museum Of Modern Art, Belgrade, Serbia.
  • National Gallery Of Art, Washington, D.C.
  • Ucla Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA.
  • University Of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, KY.
  • University Of Alaska, Museum Of The North, Fairbanks, AL.
  • Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.


Honors, Awards and Affiliations

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