Style Launched By Surfboards

Artist's Texture And Energy Of Brush Strokes Catapults Him To Special Space Within Contemporary Art World

Article by Julie Brown Patton

Photography by Danielle Del Valle

Originally published in Brentwood Lifestyle

Infusing spaces with energy via statement pieces. 

From an early age, Nashville contemporary artist Erik Skoldberg’s fine art education mother had a paintbrush in his hand. As a result, his artistic style developed from a fearless creative place. Erik is now building an art barn experience at ‘Camp Skoldberg’ on the Harpeth River in Kingston Springs. His new location is about a half hour from Nashville, and is by appointment only. 

"Kylie and I fell in love with Nashville on our first visit," he recalls.

Erik says he enjoys building a master collection of paintings, custom surfboards and interactive installations by combining energetically charged colors and his unique paint layering process. He admits his approach is influenced by growing up on the back roads and beaches of California. "My collections are a portrait and reflection of my life," explains Erik. 

He says the elements of art are apparent in each line, shape and texture that exists in each movement of the changing seasons.

"We live in such a fast paced and often stressful world that sometimes we miss the natural beauty going on around us that Mother Nature so generously offers. I am trying to recapture the scenes that bring so much joy and happiness and simply share them with others," he adds. 

Erik's artwork is known for sometimes transcending mediums by customizing everything from surfboards to motorcycles. He says his work is experience-driven and often three-dimensional, incorporating Bronco grilles, NFL helmets and Porsche rims. Much of his work is interactive, even pouring the perfect shot of liquor.

Notable collectors of his artwork include Zedd, Jay Z, Machine Gun Kelly, Connor McDavid, Grigor Dimitrov, Terry Bradshaw, Von Miller and Bubba Watson.

He was the official artist for Adidas, and has collaborated with luxury brands who share his ethos, including Hermes, Casamigos, MPH Club, House of Creed and British Customs for Triumph Motorcycles. He has a few undisclosed collaborations in the works around luxury automobiles.

Erik's work can be found in luxury homes, hotels and corporate spaces around the world, from Montauk to Monaco. The large scale of his pieces has drawn hoteliers and commercial developers alike.

This fall, Erik says he will continue to work on corporate commissions in the works. He groups his artwork into categories of raw, icon, pop, surfboard and urban collections. "The focus, vibrancy and movement of each piece portray many of the feelings and experiences that inspire me," he says.

Instagram:  @erikskoldberg

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