Artist Lisa Ericson is known for her hybrid animal paintings, and her newest series of work continues this trend by depicting colorful fish merging into the coral that surrounds them. Fanning out from their delicate tails, the vibrant coral reminds us of the symbiotic relationship these two animals share. Painted with hyperrealistic detail, Ericson’s delicate touch brings her subjects to life.
Each hybrid is painted against a black background, allowing the colorful creatures to pop from the panels. Explosive oranges, deep reds, and shocking greens explore the wide range of hues in the marine world. Adding a whimsical touch of meta surrealism, the artist even paints small fish inhabiting these coral tails, creating a circular chain of life.
Ericson studied painting at Yale prior to embarking on a career in illustration and graphic design. Her bold, graphic color selection, matched with her technical abilities show how she was clearly able to marry her degree with her passion. Her work was recently on display in a duo show at Antler Gallery in Portland, OR, and she’ll be holding another two-person exhibition at the gallery in July 2017.