• ERIK MADIGAN HECK

    THE GARDEN

    OCTOBER 1 - 24, 2020

  • Erik Madigan Heck is one of the most acclaimed and prolific fashion photographers and artists working today. Inspired by historical painting, specifically in his approach to colour, Heck has developed a unique approach to image-making that is both contemporary and unapologetically beautiful. Heck begins his process with what is in front of him and then elaborates using colour to push the images in a certain direction. His photographs cross boundaries between painting, photography and portraiture while also seeming to intersect time.

     

    Over the last five years, Heck has developed his most personal and fantastical body of work to date. Set in the surroundings of his home in Roxbury, Connecticut, Heck enlisted his wife and two young sons as the models and actors. The images are dreamlike, illustrating an alternate and more visually stunning reality. While the family portraits are classical in composition, the landscapes are highly abstract. Bridging different mediums, styles and artistic periods is one of Heck’s greatest strengths as an artist. An accompanying publication, The Garden, will be released this Fall by Damiani.

  • 'The Garden' is really a fairytale about a more hopeful place. It’s the world I always saw when I looked...
    Erik Madigan Heck

    Washington Landscape Version 1, 2019

    chromogenic print

    'The Garden' is really a fairytale about a more hopeful place. It’s the world I always saw when I looked at paintings with my mom at the museum. It’s a world created around beauty. In a sense, it’s a series that builds upon the tradition of classical landscape painting and figurative painting and even early photography. I actually see this series as a collection of self-portraits that I’ve brought to life with my own family.

     

    - ERIK MADIGAN HECK

    • Erik Madigan Heck Pomegranates, 2017 chromogenic print
      Erik Madigan Heck
      Pomegranates, 2017
      chromogenic print
    • Erik Madigan Heck Milkmaid I, 2016 chromogenic print
      Erik Madigan Heck
      Milkmaid I, 2016
      chromogenic print
    • Erik Madigan Heck Tri-Colour Seascape, 2020 chromogenic print
      Erik Madigan Heck
      Tri-Colour Seascape, 2020
      chromogenic print
    • Erik Madigan Heck Blue Pool, 2020 chromogenic print
      Erik Madigan Heck
      Blue Pool, 2020
      chromogenic print
    • Erik Madigan Heck Betty Revisited, 2019 chromogenic print
      Erik Madigan Heck
      Betty Revisited, 2019
      chromogenic print
    • Erik Madigan Heck The Red Ball, 2019 chromogenic print
      Erik Madigan Heck
      The Red Ball, 2019
      chromogenic print
  • 'The Garden' is neither real nor imagined, it’s kind of both. It is the place that I live, and that is my family, those are my kids. Every gesture in the pictures are real, but at the same time I never say this is a series about family, it’s about beauty as an ideal and using colour as a vessel to achieve that. It’s the colour that crosses the threshold and brings us into that imagined world. Colour changes everything.

     

    - ERIK MADIGAN HECK

    • Erik Madigan Heck Scotland Landscape 2, 2015 chromogenic print
      Erik Madigan Heck
      Scotland Landscape 2, 2015
      chromogenic print
    • Erik Madigan Heck There’s Blood in the Water, 2017 chromogenic print
      Erik Madigan Heck
      There’s Blood in the Water, 2017
      chromogenic print