The Skateboarder
by Erik Olson

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Oil on canvas
1220 x 910 mm

Erik Olson studied at Emily Carr University of Art & Design, British Columbia. His work has been seen in solo and group exhibitions in Canada. He has had residencies in The Banff Centre, Canada and in 2010 undertook a Sanskritti Artist Residency in New Delhi, India.

The portrait is of the artist’s friend Steve, a Canadian citizen currently living in Bristol. Olson says: ‘Although the painting is unmistakably of Steve, it is also a portrait of a particular urban generation, combining the traditional portrait bust with the imagery of North American skateboard culture by using the tattoo as a device.’

    The Skateboarder
    by Erik Olson, 2012
    © Erik Olson