Born: Seattle 1952
Lives and works in Portland, Oregon


Education


1975        Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, University of Washington, Seattle
1974        University of California, Berkeley
1971-73   Whitman College, Washington, mathematics and philosophy


Selected Solo Shows


2018   Erik ReeL : Zero Point, GraySpace Gallery, Santa Barbara, California, US


2016   Erik ReeL : Full Circle, Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, California, US (cat.)


2014   Silence, SCIART, Director's Choice Show, Camarillo, California, US


2014   Rebar at the Tool Room, Museum of Ventura County, Ventura, California, US


2013   Tabula Rasa, 643 Project Space, Ventura, US (cat.)


2012   60 @ 60: 60 paintings at 60 years old, pop-up, Ventura, California, US


2011   Markings I, Markings II, [two shows], B Street Project Space, Oxnard, California, US 


2011   Signs of a Lost Civilization, Vita Arts Center, Bell Arts Factory, Ventura, California, US


2009   Viva la Vida, Laurel Ventura Gallery, Ventura, California, US


2008   Quantum Dynamics of Painting, UCSB Faculty Club, Santa Barbara, California, US (cat.)


2008   Caruso Woods Gallery, Santa Barbara, US


2006   Caruso Woods Gallery, Santa Barbara, US


2005   Caruso Woods Gallery, Santa Barbara, US


2004   Caruso Woods Gallery, Santa Barbara, US


2003   Santa Barbara Visitors Bureau and Film Commission, Santa Barbara, California, US


2003   Delphine Gallery, Santa Barbara, California, US


2003   Delphine Gallery, Santa Barbara, California, US


2002   Delphine Gallery, Santa Barbara, California, US


2001   Delphine Gallery, Santa Barbara, California, US


2000   Delphine Gallery, Santa Barbara, California, US


            Did not exhibit 1988 - 1996


1987   Mazey Hickey Gallery, Seattle, Washington, US


1986   Whatcom County Museum, Bellingham, Washington, US


1985   123 Jackson Street Gallery, Seattle, Washington, US


1984   Cornish Institute for Allied Arts, Seattle, Wasshington, US


1984   123 Jackson Street Gallery, Seattle, Washington, US


1983   123 Jackson Street Gallery, Seattle, Washington, US


1981   and/or, Seattle, Washington, US


1979   and/or, Seattle, Washington, US


1979   Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington, US


1977   Alexander Sasanoff, Seattle, Washington, US


1975   Alexander Sasanoff, Seattle, Washington, US



Selected Collective Shows


2018   Butler Institute for American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, US


2017   Czong Institute of Contemporary Art, CICA Museum, Seoul, KR


2017   From the Collection, Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, California, US


2017   Objects of Impossibility: Contemporary Abstraction, Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, California, US


2017   World Without Walls: Erik ReeL and Diane Silver, Porch Gallery, Ojai, California, US


2016   For the Earth, Postmodern, Washington, DC, US (cat.)


2015   Out of the Great Wide Open, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, California, US


2015   Retablos For Peace, Museum of Ventura County, Ventura, California, US


2014   Museum of Ventura County, Ventura, California, US


2014   Standing in Boots, with Nash Rightmer, WAV, Ventura, California, US


2014   Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, California, US


2013   Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, California, US


2013   Art For Peace, Vita Art Center,  Bell Arts Center, Ventura, California, US


2013   SCIART, Camarillo, California, US


2012   SCIART, Camarillo, California, US


2012   Vita Art Center, Bell Arts Factory, Ventura, California, US


2011   Vita Art Center, Bell Arts Factory, Ventura, California, US


2010   Vita Art Center, Bell Arts Factory, Ventura, California, US


2010   Print Electronico, Buenos Aires, AR


2010   Epocha Nueva, Casa Del Mexicano, Santa Paula, California, US


2009   Turbulence, with Vonder Gray, Galerie 251, Ventura, US


2009   Museum of Ventura County, Ventura, US


2009   California State University, Channel Islands, Invitational, curated: Jack Reilly, California, US


2009   Best of Ventura County, Ventura County Arts Commission, Ventura, US


2008   I-5 Gallery, Los Angeles, US


2008   Gay Pride Show, Caruso Woods Gallery, Santa Barbara, US


2008   Ventura County Arts Commission Show, curated: Paul Benavidas, Ventura, US


2008   Erik ReeL and Friends at the Love House, Love House, Ventura, California, US


2008   Best of Ventura County, Ventura County Arts Commission, Ventura, California, US


2008   Earth and Sky, Galerie 251, Ventura, California, US


2007   Rainbow Alliance Show, LGBT Support Network, Architexture, Ventura, California, US


2007   Gay Pride Show, Caruso Woods Gallery, Santa Barbara, US


2006   Gay Pride Show, Caruso Woods Gallery, Santa Barbara, US


2006   Picasso, Chagall, & Master Prints, Modern Masters Gallery, Palm Desert, California, US


2006   Elizabeth Edwards Gallery, Palm Desert, California, US


2005   Elizabeth Edwards Gallery, Palm Desert, California, US


2004   71st SAGA Annual Print Show, Society of American Graphic Artists, New York City, US (cat.)


2004   17th Parkside National Print Exhibition, University of Wisconsin, US (cat.)


2004   Works on Paper, curator: Matthew Pruit/Menil coll., McNeese St University, Louisiana, US


2004   Montpelier Center for the Arts, Montpelier, Virginia, US


2004   24th National Print Exhibition, Artlink Contemporary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, US


2004   Las Vegas Center for Art and Design, Santa Fe, New Mexico, US


2004   Signal+Noise, ScrimCREATE + Media Art Lab, University of California, Santa Barbara, US


2004   Landscape Unlimited, Chicago, Illinois, US


2004   Caruso Woods Gallery, Santa Barbara, California, US


2003   Elizabeth Edwards Gallery, Palm Desert, California, US


2003   Linda Moore Gallery, San Diego, California, US


2003   Lisa Kurts Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee, US


2002   Lisa Kurts Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee, US


2002   Contemporary Art Forum, Santa Barbara, California, US


2001   Contemporary Art Forum, Santa Barbara, California, US


2000   Contemporary Art Forum, Santa Barbara, California, US


2000   Artists for World Peace, Pavilion for World Peace, Kobe, JP


2000   Karpeles Museum and Manuscript Library, Santa Barbara, California, US


1999   Delphine Gallery, Santa Barbara, California, US


            Did not exhibit in group shows 1986-1998


1985   New York, LA, Seattle, Center on Contemporary Art, traveled: Seattle, Los Angeles, New York


1984   City of Seattle Collects, curator: Howard Fox/LACMA, Seattle Art Museum Pavilion, Seattle


1984   East: West Dialogue, curator: Gene Barto, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Seattle Art Museum, US


1984   Face to Face, with Jimmy Jet, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington, US


1984   Gallery Artists, 123 Jackson Street Gallery, Seattle, Washington, US


1984   Silver Birds, performance w/ Sue Ann Harkey, Seattle Art Museum Pavilion, Seattle, US


1984   Night Mind, performance w/ Sue Ann Harkey, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, US


1984   A Reading After Robbe-Grillet, performance w/ K. Hunt, Poetry Seattle, Seattle, US


1984   Burning Angels, Cabaret Voltaire, Seattle, Washington, US


1984   Krakatoa Kriterion, curated, 123 Jackson Street Gallery, Seattle, Washington, US


1983   Gallery Artists, 123 Jackson Street Gallery, Seattle, Washington, US


1980   Chihuly et al., Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, US


1979    William Traver Gallery, Seattle, US


1979   Kodak International, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, US


1978   6500 x 20 International Color Xerox Invitational, and/or, Seattle, US


1978    Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Washington, US


1977   International Flux Fest, and/or, George Maciunas curator, Seattle, US


1976    National Drawing Show, curator: Wayne Thiebaud, Del Mar Museum, Corpus Christie, Texas


Collections


Represented in private collections based in Buenos Aires, Berlin, Chicago, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Houston, Indianapolis, London, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Oakland, Paris, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Santa Fe [NM], Seattle, and Seoul.


Public collections include the permanent collections of:


Morris Graves Museum of Art


Seattle City Light


City of Seattle


Czong Institute of Contemporary Art


Museum of Ventura County.


Selected lectures, panels, and symposia


1986

Public lecture in conjunction with solo exhibition at Whatcom County Museum, Bellingham, Washington.


Panel on Art Criticism and Contemporary Painting, in conjunction with solo exhibition Whatcom County Museum of History and Art, Bellingham, Washington.


1985

Symposium on Visual Art and Media: Politics and Critique. Seattle Media Library.


Critics Symposium on Painting, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington.


1984

From Titian to Clemente: Transformations in the Painterly Tradition in Italy. Public lecture, Cornish Institute of the Arts, Seattle, Washington.


The Rebirth of Painting. Public lecture, Seattle Art Museum.


Dialectics of Transavantguardism: Wolfgang Max Faust vs. Germano Celant, Public lecture, Seattle Public Library.


Graffito Graphics: the Berlin Wall, Urban Graffiti, and the New Painting. Public lecture, Seattle Pacific University.


Sources in My Work, public lecture, Cornish Institute for the Arts, Seattle.


Painting Today, Public lecture, Cornish Institute for the Arts, Seattle.


Painterly Painting, Again, Public lecture, Seattle Art Museum.


1983

Late Painting: Picasso, Matisse, de Chirico, Chagall, et alia, Public lecture, Seattle Art Museum.


Late de Chirico and the Next Generation: Clemente, Palladino, Cucci, Public lecture, Seattle Central Community College.


Teaching Color Theory: Gerrittsen Schema, RGB, Hex, and the Preparation of Visual Artists and Designers for a Digital World, Public lecture, Lecture series, Seattle Public Library.


Teaching Color Theory: Gerrittsen Schema, RGB, Hex, and the Preparation of Visual Artists and Designers for a Digital World, Public lecture, Lecture serieis, Seattle Central Community College.


1982

Color Theory: The Bauhaus Tradition Today: Itten, Klee, Albers, Dahn, ReeL, Public lecture, Seattle Central Community College.


1981

Color Theory: Gerrittsen Schema, Visual Constancies, Color Effect, and Painting. Public lecture, Seattle Central C. College.


An Objective Criterion for Temperature Contrast: Itten was Wrong, Seattle Central College Auditorium.


1980

Fluxus Flumoxed, Public lecture commemorating the passing of George Maciunas, founder of Fluxus, Seattle Masonic Hall.


Color Theory Today: Preparing Visual Artists for the Computer Age, Why Teach Hexidecimal and RGB Representations. Seattle Public Library.


Color Theory Today: Why Classical Mixing Theories Do Not Work, Seattle Public Library.


Color Theory Today: Gerrittsen Schema, Transmission Curves, and Digital Representations, Seattle Central Community College Auditorium.


Color Theory: A Comprehensive Conceptual Scheme for Artists and Designers, Public lecture, Seattle Public Library.


The Role of Visual Constancies in the Teaching of Color Theory to Artists and Designers, Public Lecture, Seattle Central Community College.


Edwin Land and the Revolution in Perceptual Psychology in the 1950s and Its Impact on Color Theory: What Artists Need to Know, Public Lecture, Seattle Central Community College.


1979

Voltaire's Cafe: Performance Art Today, Evergreen State College.


Performance Art Today: Sources and Contexts, Public lecture, Washington Hall, Seattle.


For Bibliography and background see Bibliography and Bio.