VIDEO: Nicaragua Mural Project

The final video for the Abel Arts Collective's first project is complete!  Check it out... The Nicaragua Mural Project was the premier for Abel Arts Collective which took place in Gigante, Nicaragua. In collaboration who has been building schools and community centers across Central America since 2006. In collaboration with the Gigante Youth Group and Health Committee, the AAC designed and painted a two wall mural in the village's [...]

Let the Kids Draw Part 2

Don Masse, an elementary school teacher, used my art in another one of his art projects with his class.  This time he used my painting "Naptune's Crown of Coral" as reference.  So humbling. Thanks again Don. Check it out on his blog HERE. And HERE's a link to the previous project the class did with my art. See more art from the kids HERE.

2014-04-18T15:05:41-07:00April 18th, 2014|Categories: Everything Else|Tags: , , , , , , |

Tattoos on Griffin

My boy Griffin had some serious ink done.  My original painting "Listening to the Storm" (One of my favorites!) was used on his chest and an interpretation of "Solitary Lines" as a sleeve.  Jon at Yellow Rose Tattoo did a hell of a job. This brings back memories of my days designing and giving self taught tattoos out of my living room in Ventura and then my Kitchen in [...]

December Featured Artist on Plywerk – Interview

Check out the latest Q&A with Portland, Oregon bamboo print gurus, Plywerk.  Stoked to be their featured artist for December.  They have been printing our beautiful limited edition, 20"x30", "Kelpafornia" series prints for Heal the Bay. Check out the interview HERE.  If you leave a comment, you'll be entered to win a FREE Plywerk print with my artwork!

Interview with

"Erik Abel has a striking style that is nothing if not beachy. Reminiscent of ancient Hawaiian tribal art, Abel modernizes the form with vibrant colors and textured grid patterns, but it wouldn't be surprising if anyone had his pieces tattooed across their backs. Here he answers our five questions with candid detail. You'll want to stick around until the end, because his advice is golden…."  Read More I got a [...]

2013-10-29T19:43:37-07:00October 29th, 2013|Categories: Everything Else, Press|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Let the Kids Draw!

I recently got a humbling email from Don Masse, an elementary school teacher down at Zamorano Fine Arts Academy in San Diego.  He came across my art, liked it, and decided to share it with his Kindergarten kids for an art project.  They used one of my liquid wave illustrations as inspiration and look what they came up with...  so cool...   These are just a few, read more about [...]

Movin’ on UP!

The new studio is officially... official.  Monies paid.  Keys in hand.  No turning back.  Going big... 1848 Square feet big. 1848 Square feet of serious Man Cave.  1848 square feet that I can drive my truck into.  1848 square feet that I can skateboard in.  1848 square feet where I can do whatever the hell I want. Artist dream. My time at the WAV has been great but it's time to [...]

Studio Moving Sale

You read that right... up to HALF OFF original paintings and prints!!  It's a little bit crazy!  But it's alright because I'm absolutely crazy about moving into this gigantic dream studio and really, really, really don't want to have to move all these paintings and prints I've got hanging around. My laziness = Your gain! This probably won’t ever happen again, so if you want one of my originals for next [...]