A former sign painter, Salt Lake City abstract artist Darryl Erdmann paints as much with his elbow and shoulder as he does with his fingers and wrist. He paints big and he paints bold, and his studio is designed to satisfy his needs. His space is divided into distinct units: a drafting table for sketches and designs; a work bench for preparing canvases, frames and sheets of stainless steel; and a table piled high with tubes and cans of paint of all sort facing a personally constructed easel that can accommodate canvases of generous proportions.
Erdmann’s studio is located adjacent to Chroma Gallery in the Rockwood Artist Studios in Sugarhouse. The studio shares a door with the gallery, which Erdmann operates, allowing the artist to immediately see how a finished piece will work in a gallery setting. And environment is important for this artist, who has created a series of four geometric abstracts to fit into a corner of his studio.
The founder of Artists of Utah and editor of its online magazine, 15 Bytes, Shawn Rossiter has undergraduate degrees in English, French and Italian Literature and studied Comparative Literature in graduate school before pursuing a career in art.