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' Art is everything & sometimes simply an essence.
It is the tool that I use & that uses me in return. 
It is my best & most critical friend.
But these words mean nothing by themselves...
the work - the active process - is what matters most
. '

- eric

Eric Anfinson's painting journey began in the fall of 2001 after he moved to a 2x4 mile island where the Gulf of Mexico & the Atlantic meet. 

Anfinson is part of a well-established creative collective in Key West, Florida . . . an island known affectionately by locals  as 'the rock'.  The remote location & unique community continue to offer rich subject matter for Anfinson's work. 

The people that call this island home, & those who pass through, live on in the faces & figures in Anfinson's paintings.

A self-trained painter, Anfinson's work is in collections throughout North America & Europe. 

Anfinson, a native of Minnesota, paints full-time from his home-based Mockingbird Studio in Key West, Florida. 


STUDIO

Mockingbird Studio  -  owner  :  Key West, FL  /  2007 – present
Studio artist  :  The Lemonade Stand Studio & Gallery  -  Key West, FL  /  2004 – 2007
 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

upcoming - Without Within : The Studios of Key West - Key West, FL  /  March 2018

Beautiful Life  :  Salt Gallery  -  Key West, FL  /  March 4 - 30, 2017
Red  :  Salt Gallery  -  Key West, FL  /  April 2 - 29, 2016
Underglimmer  :  Salt Gallery  -  Key West, FL  /  March 21 - April 18, 2015
Feeling Vision  :  Fleming Street Gallery  -  Key West, FL  /  March 16 - 28, 2013
Paintings  :  Albert Lea Art  Museum  -  Albert Lea, MN  /  August 28 - Sept 15, 2012
The Blue Guitar  :  Fleming Street Gallery  -  Key West, FL  /  January 7 - 26, 2012
New Work  :  Outeast Gallery  -  Mantauk, New York  /  July 2010
New Paintings  :  Gallery ART612  -  Key West, FL  /  April 2010
The Blue Thread ~ One Life Beautiful Life  :  The Studios of Key West  -  Key West, FL  /  April 4 – May 24, 2008
Solstice  :  The Lemonade Stand Studio & Gallery  -  Key West, FL  /  June 21 – July 6, 2006
Two  :  The Lemonade Stand Studio & Gallery  -  Key West, FL  /  Feb 17 – March 3, 2006
One  :  The Lemonade Stand Studio & Gallery  -  Key West, FL  /  April 17, 2005

 

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

Grand Opening  :  Black Earth Gallery  -  Cedar Rapids, IA  /  September 1, 2012
Featured Artist  + Purchase Award :  Austin Artworks   -  Austin, MN  /  August 25-26, 2012
Peace  :  Lucky Street Gallery  -  Key West, FL  /  2010
Group Show  :  Lucky Street Gallery  -  Key West, FL  /  2010
SPCTCLR VWS  :  One Brooklyn  -  New York  /  2009
24 Hour Lock-In  :  The Lemonade Stand Studio & Gallery  -  Key West, FL  /  2005, 2006, 2007
Art Wine and Water  :  Historic Seaport  -  Key West, FL  /  2007
Anne Mckee Artist Fund  :  East Martello, Key West, FL  /  2005, 2007, 2008, 2009
The Secret of Salt  - release exhibition  :  Salt Studio  -  Key West, FL  /  2006, 2007, 2008
Groundswell  :  Salt Studio  -  Key West, FL  /  2005 

 

BOOKS

Along The Edges of Beauty  -  2011  :  author  
Art is Life - The Art of Eric Anfinson  -  2010  :  by John R. Strain

 

COMMISSIONS / ART IN PUBLIC PLACES

'Keeper of Time'  :  Pacelli High School - permanent display  :  Austin, MN / 2012
'Hometown'  :  Austin Senior High School - permanent display  :  Austin, MN / 2012
'The Golden Fish'  :  Austin Middle School - permanent display  :  Austin, MN / 2012
'The Bravest Girl'  :  The Hormel Institute  -  permanent display  :  Austin, MN  /  2012
'The Red Balloon'  :  Austin Seniors' Center - permanent display  : Austin, MN / 2011
'Sunflower Girl'  :  The Hormel Institute  -  permanent display  :  Austin, MN  /  Dedicated Oct 4, 2008

 

BOARD MEMBER

Artist Advisory Board Member  :  The Studios of Key West  -  2014 - present