Erin Cone's portraits are commanding, enigmatic mirrors of the human condition. A fusion of traditional portraiture and magical realism, Cone's paintings evoke the perspective and emotional complexity of the sitter's interior world. Detached, yet imbued with raw emotion, Cone places her subject in abstract settings devoid of reference to the material world. Cone's bold, minimal compositions encapsulate potent moments and solidify them in an infinite manner.
Exceptional and compelling, Cone has developed a powerfully idiosyncratic visual language containing strong directional lighting and reductive planes of subdued color. The artist states “I explore the shifting interpretations possible when narrative is omitted and only emotion and ambiguity remain.” Erin Cone's highly stylized portraits contain a modular perfection, revealing a synthesis of figural minimalism infused with essential truth. In the artist's own words, “I want to show all of the emotion of the moment, but none of the context. I seek to capture subtle, ambiguous feeling which each person can approach in his or her own way.”
Born in Lubbock, Texas in 1976, Cone received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas in 1998. Cone's artwork has been exhibited extensively throught the Southwest and East coast. The artist has been featured on the cover of Southwest Art Magazine and American Art Collector.