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erin cone

Known for her meticulously-composed realism, Erin Cone distills the emotion of traditional figurative painting into abstracted compositions, for a bold vision all her own. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and working briefly in the design industry, Cone had her first solo show at the age of 24 and has been painting full-time ever since. From the beginning, Cone's paintings have captured a unique fusion of aesthetics — combining the evocative detail of magical realism with the simplicity of minimal abstraction to create something completely new.

Since her first show in 2001, Cone has had twenty-two solo shows and participated in more than a dozen group shows across the U.S. and in Europe, consistently enjoying critical and commercial success for her unconventional approach to figurative realism. She has twice been recognized in the national art press as a top emerging artist, has been interviewed on PBS, and has been featured in numerous art magazines — appearing on the cover of American Art Collector Magazine and Southwest Art Magazine, among others. Cone's work is in hundreds of private, public and corporate collections throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. She lives with her husband and daughter in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Artist Statement

I emphasize visual impact over narrative context, focusing on the subtle orchestration of my subject within a framework of design. I create a deliberate push-and-pull between near-photorealistic detail and my own vocabulary of visual glitches that challenge that very realism. This duality is central to my work and allows the figures I paint to remain wholly representational while functioning abstractly — evoking emotion without defining it.

Solo Exhibitions

2017Stages of Believing, Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2016Wish Fulfillment, Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2015Ineffable, Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2015Emergence, Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, California
2014Modiste, Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2013Desiderata, Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2012Theory of Forms, Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2012Ingénue, Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, California
2011Denouement, Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2010Passages, Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, California
2009Blessed Unrest, Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2008Possible Outcomes, Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, California
2008Departure, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, Texas
2007Synchronicity, Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2006Secrets, Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, California
2006Performers, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, Texas
20053, Andreeva Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2005Erin Cone: 5th Annual Show, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, Texas
2004Transformation, Seven-o-seven Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2004Interval, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, Texas
2003Configuration, Seven-o-seven Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2003/02/01Erin Cone: New Paintings, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, Texas

Selected Group Exhibitions

201320th Anniversary Exhibition, Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, California
2012Distilled Memory, Decorazon Gallery, London, UK
2011In Portrait, Blank Space Gallery, New York, New York
2011New Work by Gallery Artists, Lanoue Fine Art, Boston, Massachusetts
2011Summer Group Show, Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, California
2010New Work, Rosenbaum Contemporary, Boca Raton, Florida
2009Artist's Choice, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia
2009RED, Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2008Inaugural Exhibit, MMFA, Palm Desert, California
2007Representation: 9th Annual Realism Invitational, Jenkins-Johnson Gallery, New York, New York
2006Small Works, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia
2005Self Portraits by Contemporary Masters, Andreeva Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Selected Publications

American Art Collector, October 2015
Fine Art Connoisseur, June 2015
Santa Fean Magazine, Dec 2014/Jan 2015
American Art Collector, October 2014
L'Artiste Magazine, September 2014
American Art Collector, October 2013
The Artist's Magazine, October 2013, August 2013
Nova Magazine, June 2013
Poets & Artists Magazine, September 2012
Architectural Digest Magazine, July 2012
Oxford American Magazine, June 2012
Professional Artist Magazine, June 2012
Poets & Artists Magazine, June 2012
MYP Magazine, April 2012
American Art Collector, May 2011
THE Magazine, May 2011
New American Paintings (Vol. 90), Oct/Nov 2010
Poets and Artists Magazine, August 2010; Cover artist »
American Art Collector Magazine, June 2010
Southwest Art Magazine, September 2008 Cover artist »
Art Calendar Magazine, January 2008; Cover artist »
American Art Collector, October 2006; Cover artist »
Marin Magazine, October 2006
Southwest Art Magazine, November 2005
Santa Fean Magazine, June 2005
Art & Antiques Magazine, April 2005
Southwest Art Magazine, September 2003

Selected Collections

Department of Cultural Affairs/New Mexico Arts Permanent Collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Ellen Noël Art Museum, Odessa, Texas
Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Washington, D.C.
The Howard Tullman Collection, Chicago, Illinois
Standard Chartered Bank, London, UK