The Nevica Project

Erik Beehn

Erik Beehn (b. 1979) is an artist and printmaker currently living and working in Chicago.   Beehn has a history in printmaking, trained as a master printer for Gemini G.E.L., a fine art publishing house located in Los Angeles where he helped to produce projects for several artists, including Richard Serra, Ann Hamilton, Ed Ruscha, and Ellsworth Kelly.  Beehn received his MFA from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 2015, and has been a visiting lecturer at The University of Nevada Las Vegas, and The University of North Dakota.  His work employs process as a form of content, investigating an arc of mark making throughout the 20th century, and the evolution of observational painting into abstraction.  Beehn explores representation through the use of found imagery raising questions of authorship and beauty within the history of painting in relation to todays JPEG circulating world.  Beehn has had solo exhibitions at Centerpiece Gallery, The Contemporary Arts Center, and MCQ Fine Art in Las Vegas.  His work is included in the permanent collections of The Las Vegas Art Museum, and The Marjorie Barrack Museum at UNLV.