Poetically capturing the vibrant spirit of the California landscape, Erik’s work reflects his strong admiration and appreciation for the Old Masters. I am very excited to have Erik Tiemens’ work in the gallery and to be able to enjoy looking at and sharing with visitors his extraordinary genius as a landscape painter.
In his latest works, Tiemens explores the theme of ruins reimagined in California, as well as the relationship between European art from the Dutch Golden Age and classical historic paintings from Rome in the 1600s. The similarities of the Roman Campagna and the Golden State’s oak-covered hillsides proves to be a fruitful area of discovery in finding a synthesis to the pictorial past.
Erik Tiemens is known internationally as a painter of fine landscapes with a classical influence. He studied traditional drawing and painting at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, graduating with distinction in 1990. He has since worked on many film and design projects, primarily as an art director for Industrial Light and Magic, creating storyboards, concept paintings and providing art direction. While working in the entertainment field he has never wavered from his passion for traditional art. Fueled by travels to European art museums and absorbing scenic cities and towns, Tiemens always sketched and painted. This serves as a library of ideas and environments for his personal and professional work. Landscape painting has always captured his imagination and he enjoys studying old masters from the 16th – 19th centuries. This deep appreciation informs his palette and choice of subject matter. Tiemens’ current focus is toward creating romantic landscapes with dramatic use of light and shadow. Now living in Sausalito, California, his work has been shown in galleries and exhibitions around the world
He is available for private commissions. Visit Erik’s website at watersketch.com.
Read an excellent interview with the artist on the website of the digital magazine Boldbrush, here…
2019. Oil on panel, 11″ x 14″.
Framed in No. 238.0.1—2 1/2″. Walnut (Dark Medieval stain) with a 18kt gilt slip.
Spring Growth – Trees on a Bank
2014. Oil on board, 8″ x 10″. Framed in No. 308.1 quartersawn white oak (Dark Medieval) with rubbed 18kt gilt liner. Sold
Oaks Above the Pond
2014. Oil on board, 6″ x 8″. Framed in 503 “Holland”—3″ quartersawn white oak (Medieval) with 18kt gilt slip. SOLD.
2012. Oil on panel, 8” x 10”. Framed in No. 308 “Curtis”—3″ in quartersawn white oak (Medieval Oak stain), with pale gold slip. SOLD.
2012. Oil on panel, 5” x 7”. Framed in Compound Mitered frame No. 348 (sloped)—2-1/4″ + Sub 108—5/8″, in quartersawn white oak (Saturated Medieval oak stain) with pale gold slip. SOLD.
Rolling Fog with Exposed Cliff and Pines
2012. Oil on panel, 7” x 5”. Framed in No. 203.380 (Low Slope)—2-1/2″ in quartersawn white oak (Medieval Oak stain), with pale gold slip. SOLD.
Passage of Time
2012. Oil on panel, 12” x 9”. Framed in No. 341.4 CV—3″, in quartersawn white oak (Saturated Medieval Oak stain) with pale gold slip.
Coastal Pond with Tree Grove
Ancient Creek Bed
2012. Oil on panel, 8” x10”. Framed in Compound Mitered frame No. 348—2-1/2″ + Sub No. 108—1/2″, in quartersawn white oak (Dark Medieval Oak) with pale gold slip. Sold.
2012. Oil on panel, 8” x10”. Framed in No. 328 “Gloucester”—2-1/2″ in quartersawn white oak (Saturated Medieval) with pale gold slip. Sold.
Clouds Above Oak Valley
Young Oaks at Bay’s Edge
Rodeo Beach—Marin Headlands
2001. Oil on canvas, 12″ x 16″. Framed in No. 10.1 “Eastwood” — 3″ in quartersawn white oak (Medieval Oak stain). Sold.
The Watering Hole
2011. Oil on board, 6″ x 8″. Framed in Century scoop No. 308 (Curtis) — 2″ in quartersawn white oak (Saturated Medieval Oak stain). Sold.