ABOUT THE PURSUIT

How do you distill grand, artistic inspiration down to its most basic, primitive form?  How do you take the mind-boggling information about the structure of the universe, plant geometry, patterns in nature, consciousness and quantum theory and create art that is simple and beautiful?

In simple terms, Abstract Pursuits is a Cosmic Research Project.

I'm trying to learn about this strange thing we call "reality". What is it made of? How does it work? Similar to traditional research projects: Data is gathered, theories devised, studio methods designed, experiments made, and the results are the results, whether I like them or not (That is also the act of “Art Making” in a nutshell).  This research project involves the regular, responsible use of various psychoactive compounds with the intention of seeking extra-dimensional inspiration, exploring consciousness and for self-therapy. For an artist, it’s almost cheating. Comedian Shane Mauss said, “Psychedelics are to artists what steroids are to athletes.”  Juice me up!

So, if these art vibes are seriously jivin’ with your vibes, consider adopting a print or an original to live with, follow @abstractpursuits on Instagram, share my work with others and become a supporter.

Erik Abel - Abstract Pursuits

ARTIST / ERIK ABEL

First Breath: 1980

Currently Lives: Ashland, Oregon

Is: Full-time Artist, Dad, husband, surfer, traveler, space nerd, Bloody Mary lover, hot tub junky.

Clients Include: REI, Billabong, Patagonia, Reef, Sector 9 Skateboards, Pottery Barn, Surfing Magazine, Save the Waves, Heal The Bay and SurfAid.

COMMERCIAL PROJECTS

Abstract Pursuits is currently focused on collaborating with like minded brands, interior designers and architects on large scale projects such as murals, sculptural installations and design/pattern licensing for a range of high-end products.  Please reach out and let's see if there is a fit.