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ERIC BELTZ

b.1975, Orange, CA

 

For the past decade Eric Beltz has devoted himself to a simple and focused choice: graphite on Bristol. His drawings are intensely-detailed with form, text, pattern, and a stunningly-rich grayscale that transcends the limits of the media. Working as a visual essayist and poet, Beltz explores and combines a range of topics: origin myths, American history, ethnobotany, ancient religions, and taboo symbolism. He balances the narrow path of pencil on paper with a broad channel cut by his far-reaching interests, seeking discoveries in uncommon mixtures of rare knowledge.

 

Education:

2004 MFA, University of California, Santa Barbara

2000 BFA, California State University, Fullerton

 

Exhibition History:

Solo:

2016 Chromatose

Harold J. Miossi Gallery, Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA

2015 When Jesus Swims He Becomes The Ocean

David B. Smith Gallery, Denver, CO

2015 DREVERIEM

Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2014 The Cave of Treasures

Arts, Design and Architecture Museum, Santa Barbara, CA

2013 Revival Wall

Texas Contemporary, Houston, TX

2012 Sprits

Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2011 Trance Farm

Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY

2009 The Philosopher's Garden

Rio Hondo College, Whittier, CA

2009 Solo project at Pulse, New York

Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY

2008 The Good Land

Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY

2007 HISTROY!

Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2005 Hypnobotany: Visions of a Field Naturalist

Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA

 

Group:

2016 Identity Insight: Unfolding The Visual Narrative

Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Seattle WA

2014 Sleep of Reason (curated by Catlin Moore)

Cypress College Art Gallery, Cypress, CA

2014 Phantom Color

CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2013 Good Intentions: Re-Imagining Norman Rockwell's Boyscouts

Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, CA

2013 Nudes

Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2012 Against The Grain: Wood and Contemporary Art, Craft, and Design

Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, NC

Traveling to:

2013 Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY

2012 Unlived Histories

Flanders Art Gallery, Raleigh, NC

2012 Sublime: Nature, Science, and the Divine

Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Culver City, CA

2011 Re/Deconstructing History

Like The Spice Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2011 View From Here

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

2011 Recrafting History (curated by Ellen Caldwell)

Taylor De Cordoba, Los Angeles, CA

2011 Domestic Goods (curated by Ryan Wallace)

Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NY

2011 The Nature of Drawing

Anthony Giordano Gallery, Dowling College, Oakdale, NY

2011 Rendered, A Stark Unreal

Contemporary Art Galleries, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

2010 Stranger Than Fiction (curated by Julie Joyce)

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

2010 Opening Ceremony

Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY

2009 Superfine

Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY

2009 Sister Cities

Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2009 All American: Defining Ourselves in a Time of Change

Salt Lake City Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT

2008 Looky See (curated by Meg Linton)

Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles, CA

2008 Tree Service

Domestic Setting, Los Angeles, CA

2008 Failing Nature (curated by Habib Kheradyar)

Long Beach City College Art Gallery, Long Beach CA

2008 The Old, Weird America (curated by Toby Kamps)

Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX

Traveling to:

2009 DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Garden, Lincoln, MA.

2009 Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA

2007 Promised Land (curated by Elizabeth Grady)

Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY

2007 Distinctive Messengers (curated by Simon Watson & Craig Hensala)

House of Campari, Los Angeles, CA

2007 The Porch Show

Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2007 Harry Smith Anthology Remixed

Alt.Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

2006 Draw, Paper, Scissors (curated by Meg Linton)

Domestic Setting, Los Angeles, CA

2006 Flaunt

Junc Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

Reviews/Articles:

2016 Hua, Vivian. "Frozen In Transcendence." Redefine Magazine, September 23.

2016 Fortmann, Sven. "History Is Referential." Lodown Magazine, December-March, pp. 50-53.

2015 Zellon, Jody. "Continued and Reccomended," Artscene, May.

2015 Zeiser, John. "The Visionary Drawings of Eric Beltz." Crave Online, June 11.

2014 Ollman, Leah. "'Phantom Color' at CB1 Transceneds in Black and White". Los Angeles Times, July 4, sec. D, p.13.

2013 Case, Stephanie. "Good Intentions: Re-Imagining Rockwell's Boy Scouts". KCET Artbound, July 18.

2013 Wagley, Catherine. "Norman Rockwell's Boy Scouts, Updated. LA Weekly, July 14.

2011 Ollman, Leah. "Eric Beltz at Morgan Lehman," Art In America, October 2011, p.188.

2011 McClemont, Doug. "Doug McClemont's Top 10 New York Shows: May, 2011." Saatchi Online Magazine, May 3.

2011 Duncan, Michael. “Soul Searching In The U.S.A.” Art In America, March, pp. 134-138.

2010 Woodard, Josef. “The Importance of Backstory.” Santa Barbara News-Press, October 1-7, Scene, p.45.

2009 Despain, Cara. “All American: Defining Ourselves in a Time of Change.” Art Pulse, Oct/Nov.

2009 Worssam, Nancy. “Frye Offers ‘The Old, Weird America,’” The Seattle Times, Sept 27.

2009 Garza, Evan J. “Folk My Brains Out: Wild and Weird,” Boston Phoenix, May 19.

2009 "New & Notable," American Artist: Drawing Magazine, Winter, pp. 14-15.

2009 "The Aesthetes: Eric Beltz," Flaunt Magazine, no. 100, p. 89.

2008 Larkin, Daniel. "Eric Beltz at Morgan Lehman," Artcat, November 19.

2008 Ollman, Leah. “A Sprawling, Satisfying Show,” Los Angeles Times, August 22, sec. E, p.22.

2008 Duncan, Michael. "Eric Beltz at Acuna-Hansen," Art In America, June/July, p. 203.

2008 Zehler, Mara. "Eric Beltz," Flaunt Magazine, no. 94, p. 103.

2008 Lee, Sasha. "Review: Tree Service," Beautiful/Decay Anthology [online].

2007 Ollman, Leah. “Sending Clear And Subversive Messages,” Los Angeles Times, November 16, sec. E, p. 22.

2007 Schwendener, Martha. “Art In Review: Promised Land,” New York Times, July 20, sec. B, p. 25.

2007 Baker, R. C. “Best In Show: Promised Land,” Village Voice, July 17.

2006 Frank, Peter. "Draw, Paper, Scissors," Art on Paper, September/October, p.89.

2006 Ollman, Leah. "What This Group Can Do With Paper," Los Angeles Times, June 2, sec. E, p. 19.

2005 Woodard, Josef. “The Secret, Psychedelic Life of Plants,” Santa Barbara News-Press, May 20-26, Scene, p15.

 

Interviews/Talks:

2011 Bell, Zack. "The Secret History of Weeds". Artlog.com [online].

2010 "Plotlines" gallery talk, Stranger Than Fiction, Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

2007 Lee, Sasha. "Interview: Eric Beltz". Beautiful/Decay Anthology [online].

 

Awards:

2009 Pulse Prize, Pulse Art Fair, New York, NY

 

Residencies:

2014-2015 University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

2013 University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.

2009 Rio Hondo College, Whittier, CA.

 

Publications:

2013 Spirits, Flaunt Magazine, no. 128, p. 70.

2008 Fuck It, Flaunt Magazine, no. 94, cover.

2007 Blessfuck This Shitmess, Flaunt Magazine, no. 88, p. 115.

2006 One Hit Shit, Flaunt Magazine, no. 79, p. 95.

2005 "Acid Waves: The Tide Comes In For The Psychedelic Era,"The Santa Barbara Independent, Oct 20-27, p. 158.

2005 "Gonzo Reincarnation Of The Week,"The Santa Barbara Independent, September 1-8, p. 43.

 

Collections:

Nerman Museum, Overland Park, KS

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

Progressive Collection, Cleveland, OH

Artist Pension Trust, New York, NY