Nicholas Metivier Gallery

Erik Madigan Heck
Old Future
April 12–May 5, 2018


Opening Reception:  Thursday, April 12, 6-8 PM
Artist Talk: Saturday, April 28, 1:30 PM

Nicholas Metivier Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of photographs by Erik Madigan Heck. The exhibition will open on April 12th and run until May 5th with an opening reception on April 12th.  This is Heck’s first solo exhibition at the gallery.  

American photographer Erik Madigan Heck has become one of the most successful and prolific fashion photographers working today.  Acclaimed for his ability to capture the essence of painting through the lens of a camera, Heck elevates fashion portraiture into high art.  Originally from Excelsior, Minnesota and now based in Connecticut and New York City, Heck has collaborated with major fashion designers including Gucci, Junya Watanabe, Comme des Garçons and Giambattista Valli, to create his elegantly beautiful photographs. 

Looking to painting for inspiration, Heck’s photographs are influenced by the works of Impressionist painters such as, Édouard Vuillard and Edgar Degas and 16th century Flemish portraiture. Heck explores the relationship between fashion and painting by immersing himself into every aspect of his photographs. He designs the sets, objects and materials that transform his final images.   Using a combination of natural light and in-camera effects with post-production he builds highly saturated hues to create a softness that blurs the boundaries between photography and painting.  It is this mastery of light, colour, form and texture that makes his work simultaneously timeless and futuristic. 

The title of this exhibition and the monograph published last year by Thames & Hudson and Abrams, Old Future, references his interest in the duality of the past and present existing together. 

I’ve always looked to painting as a guide for how one can use colour and represent the figure – from the work of Édouard Vuillard and the Nabis, Edgar Degas and the Impressionists, to contemporary painters like Peter Doig, Marlene Dumas and Gerhard Richter.  Art is a continuum you are meant to build from, and you shouldn’t hide from your influences. As long as you’re transforming what resonates into something new, that’s art-making. – Erik Madigan Heck

Heck is a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Harper's Bazaar UK, Vanity Fair, TIME and The New Yorker.  In 2013, he became one of the youngest photographers to receive the prestigious ICP Infinity Award.  That same year, he was awarded the ADC gold medal from the Art Directors Club and AI-IP American Photography for his Old Masters Portfolio, published in The New York Times Magazine in 2015.

For more information on this artist, click here.