The Artist


Erik’s unique view of the world around him has fueled his new artistic creations. While he continues to produce dynamic live art on stage for the world’s largest and most influential companies, it is only a fraction of the artwork that Erik places into the world.

In the past few years, his artistic ventures expanded beyond the canvas when he began to seriously reconsider the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, “The world is but a canvas to your imagination”. Choosing to take that phrase literally, he entered into the next “period” of his artistic career.

Through his study of graffiti artists, Erik has been blown away by graffiti art’s freedom to break all the rules. Art no longer needs canvases, libraries, concert halls, museums or art critics. Art isn’t about requiring opening and closing times or paying money to experience it. Just as nature surrounds us with its beauty, graffiti art can also exist and spread the messages of its creator. Graffiti art breaks all the rules of creating and viewing art, allowing for the public to encounter it in the strangest places at the oddest moments.

In an effort to continually challenge his own artistic abilities, Erik’s vision has moved past the canvas to new mediums, such as public walls, sidewalks, empty factories, barren deserts and the middle of a forest. He incorporates new artistic tools like driftwood, dirt, rocks, seashells or even shoelaces. Each time Erik finishes a piece of graffiti art, either in a side-alley or a beach in California, he imagines someone would eventually come across it and ask themselves the question, “Why? Why would someone put that image here?”

Erik’s response would be, “Why not?”

To see more of Erik’s graffiti art, view the Video / Photo Gallery.

Erik Wahl paints tribute to Marilyn Monroe from The Art of Vision on Vimeo.

Video Tribute to Soldiers & Freedom by Erik Wahl from The Art of Vision on Vimeo.

Artistic Tribute to Abraham Lincoln from The Art of Vision on Vimeo.