Erin Cone


Charade, 2011,   acrylic on canvas, 36  x  48 in.


Distance, 2011, acrylic, on canvas,  30 x 40 in.


Allure, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 32 x 34 in.


Adieu, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 44 x 56 in.


Abide, 20o9,  acrylic on canvas, 56 x 42 in.


Refuge, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 58 x 48 in.


Rouge, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 in.


Assemblage, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 in.


Ethereal, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 in.


Parallell, 201o, acrylic on canvas, 32 x 34 in.


Artist Statement

I emphasize visual impact over narrative context, focusing on the subtle orchestration of my subject within a framework of design. I create a deliberate push-and-pull between near-photorealistic detail and my own vocabulary of visual glitches that challenge that very realism. This duality is central to my work and allows the figures I paint to remain wholly representational while functioning abstractly — evoking emotion without defining it.

About The Artist

Cone paints stylized figures based on herself. (These aren’t self-portraits, however; Cone acts as model, not subject).

She says, accurately, that her work is a fusion of figurative realism and abstract minimalism. The figure is almost always solitary against a flat background and usually cropped in an arresting way—off to one side cutting out an arm, three-quarters of the head cut off.

These works are as much about forms and arrangement as they are about the figure itself. And they are strong; this is made obvious when noting that the impact of the work isn’t diminished when showing the figure from behind, typically a less engaging view. (Visual Art Source)

Erin Cone’s Website

Erin Cone at Blank Space

Erin Cone at Hespe Gallery

  • Jessika Tarr

    These are beautiful. I especially like Rouge and Parallel.