In the Studio: Daisy Parris

Daisy Parris sits down with Erik Sommer to talk about jigsaw puzzles, the history of South London, the difference between painting on paper and canvas, and being healed by the process. I am a sucker for nostalgia. (ES) Tell us a bit about your background. Where did you grow up?(DP) I grew up in Kent, …

In the Studio: Martin Paaskesen

Fresh off his show at Valerius Gallery in Luxembourg Martin Paaskesen checks in with Erik Sommer to talk about being an actor, hip hop lyrics, the sculptural identity of canvas, and the vibrant state of painting. The process is the only thing there is. (ES) Describe your work for us.(MP) My work is some kind …

In the Studio: Rachel Howard

Rachel Howard sits down with Erik Sommer to talk about her use of control and chance, misappropriating material, the importance of drawing, and the privilege of living with art in the house. I never follow the instructions. (ES) Describe your work for us.(RH) I do not have a style per se, as I do not …

In the Studio: Andrea Carpita

Andrea Carpita sits down with Erik Sommer to talk about his recognizable palette, his use of digital sketches, the importance of staying connected, and Kurt Cobain. I am looking for a way to paint everything. (ES) Describe your work for us.(AC) This is the most complex question. I do not have a clear answer to …

In the Studio: Hunter Potter

Fresh off his show at PUBLIC Gallery in London, Hunter Potter sits down with Erik Sommer to talk about trench-art ashtrays, hobo markings, his love of Larry McMurtry, and how he finds the beginning of a painting on a blank canvas. I like this concept of a story’s strength being determined by who is telling …