Ventura-based artist Erik Abel has graciously donated two vibrant skate decks (acrylic and mixed media on skate decks donated by Sector 9 Skateboard), from the Fish Outta Water series for the auction at the 13th Annual Art Gala at Paradise Point Resort on Friday, May 10th!  Drawing inspiration from the ocean, ancient civilization, cycles of nature, plants, symbols, systems, and mid-century design, this artist strives to create works which are pleasing to the eyes, heart and mind.  You can certainly find a combination of all of those inspirations in these 2 absolutely fabulous skatedecks!

Born in Ventura County, Erik Abel grew up within a few minutes of the sunny beaches of Southern California. From the time he was able to hold onto a crayon, he was drawing… and he’s never stopped.  Being heavily influenced by and involved in the surf/skate/snow sports industry and working as a freelance graphic designer and art director for over 15 years, Abel’s method of bold, graphical imagery fused with his loose brush, pen and pencil work seems to find a growing niche of it’s own in the fast rising “Urban Contemporary” art movement. Among the clients his style has attracted are Billabong, Oxbow, Reef, and Surfing Magazine.

Recently returned from over a year of traveling and exploring New Zealand, the Tongan Islands, Australia and Indonesia, Abel is back in Ventura, California living and working at the WAV artist community, and has been in a creative frenzy. Erik currently shows in galleries throughout the U.S. and plans to continue traveling the world, making art and searching for that perfect wave.

To see more of Erik’s work click here to visit his site