Inspired by Dutch floral paintings, personal stories, nature, and the work of “folk” and outsider artists, Erik Weisenburger creates enchanting works with intricate detail. His mysterious narrative paintings are a beautiful combination of his interests in history, mythology, and bible stories. By painting in the style of 17th Century Dutch still life artists, he is able to achieve luminous qualities in his work, and explore the mingling of memories, monuments, permanence and impermanence.
Erik Weisenburger studied at the Parsons School of Design in Paris and earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1992. He later earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997. His work is in many private and public collections including the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the Racine Art Museum, the University of Wisconsin - Madison and the Strombecker Corporation.
"My current work is a continuation of my exploration into patterns and community, drama and subtlety while creating an image that will mingle with personal memories, including the anthropomorphization of the natural world I encountered as a youth. I have had a long interest in natural patterns, their mathematical balance, mysteries, and symbolic histories. Memorializing the small dramas and peripheral images from my surroundings and interests has been a long running theme in my work."
- Erik Weisenburger