Portrait of a Paint Slinger
Pop artist Eric Rider, aka Ewik, studied under his grandmother, Ellen Karschnick, at her studio in San Bernardino 1974-1980, and with local street and itinerant artists throughout San Jose, 1981-1995. Between those periods he learned to let his imagination lead the way, a stimulus cultivated by pop influences such as Saturday morning cartoons and 60’s sitcoms reruns. This has since manifested itself in the use of toys and television in his art. A commercial artist by day and working on his art by night, Ewik began showcasing his pieces through grassroots channels, such as genre shows like Glamourcon, VAMP and Comic Con. Group and solo exhibits include galleries throughout the US and his work is featured in private collections in North America, Europe and Australia.
Ewik uses the medium of paint to instigate dialogue in opposition to the conspicuous cliche of girl as “sugar, spice and everything nice.”