Artist
Erik Cocks hudson, Florida

With a resume that includes working with photography giants Herb Ritts and Francesco Scavullo, Erik successfully applies the skills acquired in his commercial photography career to his fine art practice. Erik’s photographs have a compelling air of mystery and surreality. Many of the images were originally shot on analog film, resulting in a grainy and authentic aesthetic. On occasion, the viewer may not initially realize they are looking at a photograph. Erik explains, “My pieces always begin with a concept that comes from an emotion I’m seeking to convey or a story I’m trying to tell.” He then selects a location and subject to support his concept, often using metaphor as a device to present his ideas. Skillfully manipulating the medium of photography, Erik continually produces deliberate, striking, and thought-provoking compositions.

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    About The Artist

    With a resume that includes working with photography giants Herb Ritts and Francesco Scavullo, Erik successfully applies the skills acquired in his commercial photography career to his fine art practice. Erik’s photographs have a compelling air of mystery and surreality. Many of the images were originally shot on analog film, resulting in a grainy and authentic aesthetic. On occasion, the viewer may not initially realize they are looking at a photograph. Erik explains, “My pieces always begin with a concept that comes from an emotion I’m seeking to convey or a story I’m trying to tell.” He then selects a location and subject to support his concept, often using metaphor as a device to present his ideas. Skillfully manipulating the medium of photography, Erik continually produces deliberate, striking, and thought-provoking compositions.

    Artist Statement

    I've been creating fine art photography for over 30 years. My childlike sense of wonder (some call it immaturity) and friendly personality have allowed me the fortune of creating art for and photographing presidents, punk bands, movie stars, and supermodels.

    I have a passion for incorporating people in my images, honoring the human form but attempting to pull from what’s behind the curtain to the surface in his images. My specialty of dramatic environmental portraits of people often present more questions than answers. I focus on staged imagery and symbolism in storytelling.

    My influences include Weston, Cindy Sherman, and Sally Mann.

    My work has been in museums and galleries, and I have participated in many group exhibitions across the country.

    Artist Background

    University of Miami
    Bachelor of Arts, 1990

    Parsons The New School for Design

    Master of Fine Arts, 2019

    Acrylic Glass Print

    Archival photographic print face-mounted on the back of .25" thick acrylic glass. The high gloss acrylic enhances the depth and vibrancy of the image, and has polished edges. Comes mounted on wood so the piece stands off of the wall half an inch for a contemporary look. Includes a certificate of authenticity on request, and arrives wired to hang.

    Aluminum Print

    Archival, high gloss print on 0.05" thick aluminum. Aluminum prints are lightweight and durable. Comes mounted on wood so the piece stands off of the wall half an inch for a contemporary look. Includes a certificate of authenticity on request, and arrives wired to hang.

    Canvas Print

    Gallery-quality giclee print on stretched canvas with 1.5" thick edges, and edges are finished white. Includes a certificate of authenticity on request, and arrives wired to hang.

    Framed Fine Art Print

    Archival photographic print on heavyweight, acid-free, soft gloss paper in a wood, white, or black frame. Features a 1.25" white border around the image. No matte. Acrylic glass front gives a crystal clear view. Includes a certificate of authenticity on request, and arrives wired to hang.

    Hear What Collectors Say About Erik's Work

    Erik Cocks 7/23/2019 | 12:59 PM

    New work is coming to the gallery! I am completing 3 series that all deal with the human condition and the life we all work through. These new fine art pieces illustrate the precarious balance between individuality and making one's way through the world. As I complete each series, I will be posting the artist statements here for everyone to read. I'm very excited about the coming months and am looking forward to the gallery featuring some of the pieces!

    Erik Cocks 10/13/2016 | 8:00 AM

    Three of my fine art photography pieces were featured in a gallery exhibit in Clearwater Florida for its Jazz Fest celebration. Although the event was mid-week, there was a steady stream of traffic to kick off the Jazz Fest week. I'm always excited to see what the other artists are doing as they interpret the theme and was honored to be among them and have my work chosen in the juried process. This was a themed show that featured fine art photography on one street in the downtown Clearwater area. Artists had retail and commercial establishments available to shoot in, and in my case, the pizza parlor I wanted to create artwork in opened first thing in the morning so I could photograph nudes. The vision I had was that a person would be in a restaurant nude, exposed to the world yet positively comfortable and secure in that she needed nobody to make her feel whole. The artistic images I had in mind would take a vintage feel and fall within the expressive genre as they were designed mainly to convey emotional impact and promote a feeling of empowerment. The model I worked with was incredible and pulled off the images with poise, grace and power. I'm looking forward to work with her again on a fine art photography project I have coming up, so stay tuned.

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