Eric Nash is a California artist working in oil and charcoal. He focuses on icons and scenes inspired by Los Angeles and the California desert. His realistic images are pared down to their idealized essence often conveying a moment or memory. He works in a limited set of series, some of which go back decades.
To Nash, the West carries a sense of romance and freedom. It is clear from viewing Nash’s work that he admires the West and appreciates the autonomy it affords him as an artist. It is “a place without labels and without restrictions.” His work explores lonely unpopulated spaces, and the images are constructed with exquisite care and detail.
Nash’s solo exhibition, “Western Lust”, elevates the types of scenes in Los Angeles and the California desert the artist has been exploring throughout his career. Using oil and charcoal, he creates highly realistic images that are likely to be confused for photographs, complete with subtle imperfections in a concrete road or an illuminated neon sign. His shading and precision result in hyper-realistic illusions of lighting and reflection, mirroring Nash’s romantic notions of the West—an approach that suggests to the viewer that anything is possible.