About: ESK is a fine artist, calligrapher, muralist, and tattooer based in Oakland, California. His work is balanced on the line between graffiti and abstract expressionism, with his own personal style of calligraphy being the bridge that connects the two disparate modes of work. This calligraphic style is made up of English letters, but are abstracted through calligraphic mark making strokes drawn from ancient calligraphic traditions, including Arabic, Japanese Zen brushwork, Kmher and Thai. Combining these different traditions with more graffiti based elements, ESK presents a new voice in the contemporary calligraphic world.  The resulting works are meditative visual networks of calligraphic line, guiding the viewer towards a looser, visceral interpretation of written communication. Therefore elements of the work are interpreted through an instinctive response to visual emotion, rather than an insufficient attempt to legibly codify the ideas of mortality, suffering, and enlightenment that are beyond humanities ability to put into words.
Founded in a meditative approach towards expression, ESK gives his audience a sensation of peace while being presented with an assortment of mediums, sculpture, ink, paint and more. Each sculpture & piece is full of fragmented objects, seeking to re-contextualize the things so frequently discarded.


Mixed Media on Canvas, 3x3 ft. 2014

Mixed Media on Canvas, 3x2 ft. 2013

Mantra #1
Mixed Media on Wood Panel. 15"x8". Framed. 2014

Mantra #2
Mixed Media on Wood Panel. 15"x8". Framed. 2014

Expressionist Annotations #13
Mixed Media on Wood Panel, 2x4 ft. 2013

Mixed Media on Canvas. 3x4 Ft. 2009

Quantum Cloud
Mixed Media on Wood Panel. 2x3 Ft. 2014

Urban Renewal 3
Mixed Media Sculpture, 4x6 Ft. 2011

Watch Your Language Xu-Bing
Mixed Media on Wood Panel. 4x6 Ft. 2009


Miss A - Interview
Oakland Art Enthusiast
The Davis Enterprise


Solo Exhibitions

LeQuiVive · Trap Expressionism* — Oakland.CA 2014
The McLoughlin Gallery · Layers* — San Francisco.CA 2011
Beatnik Studios · Shades & Scripts* — Sacramento.CA 2010
Eduardo Carillo Gallery, UC Santa Cruz · Urban Reflections* — Santa Cruz.CA 2009

Group Exhibitions

LeQuiVive · Hyperbolic Geometry — Oakland.CA 2014
The McLoughlin Gallery · Struggle For Perspective — San Francisco CA 2013
Old Crow Tattoo & Gallery · Stand Tall III — Oakland.CA 2012
Old Crow Tattoo & Gallery · The Best of Both Worlds — Oakland.CA 2012
The McLoughlin Gallery · ArtPadSF — San Francisco.CA 2012
The McLoughlin Gallery · Everything Was — San Francisco.CA 2012
Gamma Space · Indelible Marks — Oakland.CA 2011
Old Crow Tattoo & Gallery · Stand Tall II — Oakland.CA 2011
Dead Cow Gallery · From the Ground Up — Santa Cruz.CA 2010