Group show opening Thursday July 11th, 6-8pm
Curated by Rachel Frank, Kristen Racaniello and Jacob Rhodes

@ C24 Gallery
560 W 24th Street, New York, NY 10011
Dates: Thursday July 11th - Sep 23rd


Center-Surround at Stevens Institute of Technology

Center-Surround will be exhibited as part of the Reinventing Civil Defense project, funded by The Carnegie Corporation of New York at the Stevens Institute of Technology from August 9-10, 2019.

Center-Surround is a multi-channel video artwork by Eric LoPresti, which uses intimacy of martial arts to reframe the global violence of nuclear weapons. As part of this event, the artist will speak about the concept and creation of this piece on August 9.

ExhibitionLocation: Babbio Center at the Stevens Institute of Technology (Room 104),

Viewing Times: Friday August 9 from 9-6pm and Saturday August 10 from 9-2pm.

Artist Talk: Friday, August 9 at 11:15am, at SIT Room 122 Auditorium.

Admission is free to the public.

> More about Center-Surround


Burning In Water

Group Show at New Location

Exhibition continues through August 14

Shown above: Rocks and Tapes (Color Field, Detail), Oil, pencil on canvas, 58x72”, 2019

> Note new location: 515 W 29th St, NYC


Dry Wit

Artworks from the Collection

The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, Las Vegas

August 1 - September 25, 2019

Opening Thursday August 1, 6pm – 9pm

> Press Release


Forced Collaboration

Curated by Jacob Rhodes of Field Projects

In collaboration with sculptor Lisa Schilling

Exhibition continues through September 13

Contact gallery for viewing

42 Social Club, Lyme CT

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Center-Surround receives Grant

The Carnegie Corporation of New York and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, via a joint project called Reinventing Civil Defense, will be funding an expansion on Center-Surround in 2019.

This grant, administered by the Stevens Institute of Technology, will enable additional exhibition dates at the in New York vicinity and beyond.

News: Center-Surround Debuts in NYC at Fridman Gallery as part of New Ear Festival

Opens Wednesday January 9, 7-8pm (Free)
Thursday January 10 – Saturday Jan 12, during normal gallery hours (12-6 pm, Free)
Note that ticketed performances start nightly at 8pm.

Program Notes for the New Ear Festival


Solo exhibition by NYC-based artist Eric LoPresti examining the post-Cold War landscape of the American Southwest. Comprised of oil paintings, large-format watercolors, digital works and a multi-channel video (a new medium for the artist), Superbloom opens on October 4 at New Mexico State University Art Gallery. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of performances and events.

Exhibition dates – 10.4.2018–1.5.2019
Opening Reception – Thursdya 10.04.2018 – 5:30 PM
Aikido Performance – Saturday 10.06.2018 – 1:00 PM
Panel Discussion and Performance – Saturday 12.1.2018


Center-Surround is a two-channel video which juxtaposes a video of a multiple-person martial arts practice with an animation describing nuclear weapons explosions. Looping every four hours, Center-Surround uses the intimacy of hand-to-hand combat to reframe the impersonal violence of weapons of mass destruction.

In October 2018 Center-Surround will be exhibited as part of Superbloom.


A Brilliant Violet Flash: Color Lessons from Nuclear Weapons Tests

What color is an atomic blast, and what does that mean for us in 2018? In this wide-ranging presentation, Brooklyn-based artist Eric LoPresti discusses his artwork, contemporary theories of aesthetics and how thinking about color vision can change our understanding of nuclear weapons.

University Forum Lecture at Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art
Sep. 26, 2018, 7:30pm to 9pm
Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art / Harry Reid Center
University of Nevada Las Vegas


Interview with Richard Prum

So pleased to speak with Yale ornithologist Richard Prum about his Pulitzer-Prize nominated book, the Evolution of Beauty, in my studio today. Part of a collaboration with Art F City's Paddy Johnson on challenges to contemporary aesthetics. More coming soon!


Interview with David Salle

Paddy Johnson, of Art F City, and I had NY David Salle in the studio today to talk about his book "How To See" in the context of contemporary aesthetics. Part of a project we're spinning up for fall.


Video profile about An Ocean of Light

Great visual introduction to my approach to painting about nuclear weapons, and how color ultimately drove this show. Thanks to Jarrett DePasquale for the great studio shots!


ArtNet and Cool Hunting

An Ocean of light featured in Cool Hunting this week. We also got an ArtNet Pick of the Week.

An Ocean of Light opens April 12, Burning in Water / NYC

Very excited for my next solo exhibition at Burning in Water NYC. Featuring large oil paintings and collaged digital prints, this show will be about deserts, defense and the evolution of beauty.

For press inquiries please contact Marie Salomé, at

Washington Post / Reuters Interview (short video)

Reuters recently dropped by my Brooklyn studio to ask about my paintings and their relationship to nuclear weapons. The story was picked up by several news organizations including the Washington Post.

Watch video


Plural opens Friday Feb 9, Marjorie Barrick Museum / UNLV

The Barrick Museum recently acquired two of watercolors for their permanent collection. They will be on display in this excellent group show at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Artists: China Adams, Linda Alterwitz, Audrey Barcio, Tim Bavington, Elizabeth Blau, Catherine Borg, Diane Bush, Gig Depio, Andreana Donahue, Jacqueline Ehlis, Justin Favela, Ash Ferlito with Matt Taber, Noelle Garcia, Nancy Good, Maureen Halligan, Clarity Haynes, Stephen Hendee, Brent Holmes, Bobbie Ann Howell, Alexa Hoyer, Eri King, Branden Koch, Fay Ku, Wendy Kveck, Eric LoPrest, Julie Oppermann, Tom Pfannerstill, Krystal Ramirez, Kim Rugg, JK Russ, Sean Russell, Daniel Samaniego, Aaron Sheppard, Sean Slattery, Lance Smith, Brent Sommerhauser, Laurens Tan, Ryan Wallace, Mary Warner, Mikayla Whitmore, Thomas Ray Willis, Amy Yoes, and Almond Zigmund

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Staging Ground Interview

Staging Ground Magazine presents interviews and work by six artists: Sophie K. Arnold, Khara Devlin Gilvey, Tim Kent, Eric LoPresti, Jeremy Mangan, and Enis Sefersah.


Site (Group Exhibition) at Youngstown State University / Ohio

This fall I will be speaking at YSU, but first: psyched to be participating in a group show of international artists exploring location and time.

Artist: Andy Curlowe, Andrea Joki, Matthew Kolodziej, Eric LoPresti, Susanne Slavick

Catalog with images


Featured in The Fullest

This spring, Clara Malley interviewed me in my studio, then wrote this great piece

NY Painter, Eric LoPresti's Muse is Destruction


Superbloom opens Oct 4, New Mexico State University / Las Cruces

NMSU has invited me to mount a solo exhibition at their spacious Las Cruces gallery this fall. Superbloom will include large format watercolors, a video installation and public events about the confluence of apocalypse and sublime in the American West.

From the Press Release:

Superbloom is a solo exhibition by NYC-based artist Eric LoPresti at the New Mexico State University Art Gallery opening in September of 2018. Sited a mere 97 miles from Trinity, location of the first atomic bomb, the exhibition outlines an expansive framework within which viewers can meditate on two increasingly relevant antipodes of human experience: the quest for aesthetic expression, and the threat of global apocalypse.
Exhibit: October 4 – January 5, 2018

Opening Reception:  Thursday, October 4, 2018, 5:30p.m.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM

Read more about the exhibition here. 


Video Interview Posted

Video: Eric LoPresti Interviewed by Paddy Johnson at Elizabeth Houston Gallery, from 2017. Parts 1 and 2 on Vimeo.


Oct 10 Artist Talk at NMSU

New York City-based artist Eric LoPresti will be in Las Cruces Oct. 8-10 after a visit to the Trinity site in preparation for his exhibition at the University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University in 2018. LoPresti will give an artist lecture about the project at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10 at NMSU’s Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center, Room 125.


Barrick Museum Collection and Exhibition

Two watercolors from 2014 have entered the collection of the Marjorie Barrick Museum at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where they will be shown in a group exhibition 2/2/2018

Collect Hudson

Curated by Fred Fleisher and Michelle Vitale, at Hudson County Community College, NJ, July 6 - August 1

High Octane Presents!

Curated by Koan-Jeff Baysa w Fred Fleisher, Ace Hotel, Palm Springs NV (April 7,8,9)

Exhibited: Invisible Self Portrait, Unique digital print, generated from custom algorithm, 43" x 43", 2006/2017

Assembly at Recess

Presenting art-based alternatives to incarceration for court-involved youth, organized by artist Shaun Leonardo. February - March 2017. More info...


A framework for creating and performing live musical compositions based upon chaotic multi-person interactions, using aikido randori, or freestyle practice, as a model for conflict resolution. Proposal for LACMA Art + Technology Lab


No More Deaths • No Más Muertes

Wednesday January 18, 7pm
An art benefit to protect the lives of migrants, organized by David Fierman.
Salon 94 Freemans, NYC
No More Deaths is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


Artist's talk in conversation with Paddy Johnson, Saturday, January 28, 2pm

Paddy Johnson (director, curator and founder of ArtFCity) will be speaking with me about my current work.
Elizabeth Houston Gallery, 190 Orchard Street, NYC

See Eric LoPresti Interviewed by Paddy Johnson at Elizabeth Houston Gallery


Blooms Extended through 2/12/2017

Elizabeth Houston Gallery in NYC

Colorblind Test - Warhol Flowers

2007 digital print donated to the Wassaic Project

Pulse Miami Beach

12/1-4, Booth #S-113 (Elizabeth Houston Gallery)

Solo Exhibition NYC

Very pleased to announce my next solo exhibition: 'Blooms' will open November 16 at Elizabeth Houston Gallery in NYC. I'll be showing large format watercolors about beauty and destruction, based on images of lewisia flowers and nuclear weapons. #elizabethhoustongallery#nevadatestsite

PechaKucha Brooklun

On 9/1/2016 at the I'll be giving a lightning-fast talk about my conceptual painting project called 'Undepictable,' at the Brooklyn Art Library.


 A proposal for a conceptual painting project


New paintings about beauty and destruction. Large format watercolors. (Summer 2016)

IMG MGMT : Land Art and the Nuclear Landscape
Visual essay for Art F City about Nevada Test Site and quintessential American sculpture. (6/21/2016)


Featured Speaker, ICOHTEC
I've been invited to speak about Nevada Test Site and art, in Porto Portugal (7/29/2016)

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Particles on the Wall
Group show at the new Reach Museum, Richland WA (June 28 through Oct 21, 2016)

Solo Exhibition
New Mexico State University has invited me to fill there beautiful 4,000 sqft galleries in Spring of 2018. Title TBD.

International Day Against Nuclear Testing Exhibition,

Vienna International Centre, Vienna Austria


Atomic Landscapes

I'm pleased to be included in this groundbreaking group exhibition at IDEA at Colorado College (upcoming)

Opens 3/21/2016

Flower - Power Corruption and Lies (oil on canvas, 40x30", 2014) was recently featured as a recommended artwork in the architectural design magazine Lonny

WhiteOut (Oil and India ink on linen, 65x40", 2013) was recently featured in an article on Ziptopia, and on the blog of the collectors' NYC-based design firm Smith & Ratliff.

Deep End, at The Wassaic Project, Wassiac NY

Three works from the PCL series are on display as part of the Wassaic Festival, from now through 9/20/2015


International Day Against Nuclear Testing Exhibition

Very pleased to be sending works to this group exhibition, organized by the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, at the Vienna International Centre, Vienna Austria.

Opens 24/8/2015


Two small PCL-CD works are on display at the excellent Mighty Teiton, Tieton WA

Opens 8/8/2015

Published by the Artist

Three prints of a nuclear subsidence crater and chrysanthemum will be available as part of a group exhibition, through IPCNY, NYC 

Opens 9/10/2015

Article XIV Conference

United Nations Headquarters, NYC

Opens 30/10/2015

Winner, Studio Space Grant in DUMBO

Honored and pleased to have been granted a new, larger studio space, by the Two Trees / Walentas Family Foundation. I moved down the street from my old studio as of April 1.

Article: Two Trees Grants Artists Subsidized Space in DUMBO

Underground Nuclear Test, Nevada, Oil on linen, 40x30", 2014.

Solo Exhibition at University of Rochester

Blueprint Paintings

When: 10/16-11/9/2014

Where: Hartnett Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester NY

Opening Exhibition at the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center

Very pleased to have my painting of an Unidentified Structure (2009) as part of this important museum's permanent collection in my hometown of Richland WA. 

Clouds at Lesley Heller

A recent watercolor of Mt St Helens was included in this well-received group show, curated by artist Adam Simon at Lesley Heller's gallery on the LES.

Dec 15 – Jan 26, 2014, NYC

Double Butterfly, installed at Wassiac.

Double Butterfly, installed at Wassiac.

Group show: Seeing the Sky

Artworks featured at the Wassaic Project Summer Exhibition

Whiteout (Wall of Dust), Oil and India ink on linen, 65x40", 2013

Whiteout (Wall of Dust), Oil and India ink on linen, 65x40", 2013

Artwork featured by the BBC

White Out was recently pictured in a very nice article on art collecting on the BBC. It also has been making the rounds on Apartment Therapy, where it is shown in a collector's home in NYC.

Works Featured in Trendbook Texworld

In French.


Particles on the Wall

For collectors near Seattle WA, PoTW will be featuring my paintings as part of a group exhibition in University District. Contact me for details.

Opens: Friday April 19, 2014

Exhibition runs: 4/19/2014 - 5/9/2014


Artist Talk at the Apple Store in NYC

I've been invited to speak about my studio practice and new artwork at the Apple Store in New York. This event is organized by the great folks at UpriseArt.

7-8pm, March 12, 2014

Apple Store at 401 W 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

Event Details: - events



The Invitational

Three of my new watercolors are included in this expansive and excellent group show. Kunsthalle Galapagos is an influential gallery showing emerging artists in an independent context.

Mar 6 - April 12, 2014 (EXTENDED through 4/12)

Kunsthalle Galapagos / 111 Front Street, DUMBO /Brooklyn NYC (map)

Artist statement about these recent works  (PDF)


PPaper Magazine

PPaper, a design magazine out of Taiwan, recently featured a large number of my recent paintings from last year's No Blue Skies solo show. Here's an excerpt of the article.


Another Something Review

Thank you AS&Co for the generous review of No Blue Skies. As you point out, its my ninth (!) solo show.

Link to review here.



Review of 'Test Site'

Vegas Seven Magazine's Steve Bornfeld explains the context around the exhibition, and offers some insight into art about nuclear conflict.

Read Review


Test Site 

Solo exhibition at the National Atomic Test Museum, part of the Smithsonian Institute. Paintings about the Nevada Test Site were placed directly adjacent or within the Museum's exhibits about the technology, history and controversy of US nuclear weapon production.

Summer 2013, Las Vegas

View the exhibition.


No Blue Skies

Solo exhibition of large works about dust clouds at Kunsthalle Galapagos.

Spring 2013, NYC

View the exhibition


Interviewed by UpriseArt

Uprise art's curatorial staff sat down with me to talk about new paintings and the NYC art scene.

Read interview



Field Projects

Curator Jacob Rhodes placed sculptor Amanda Browder and myself into an anonymous creative partnership he called a Forced Collaboration, requiring the creative destruction of each other's work. The results were revealing, eye-popping, and a complete surprise to each artist.

Field Projects, NYC.