Eric Yahnker, ‘A Full Plate’, 2010, Paradise Row

About Eric Yahnker

Taking a maximalist approach to art making, Eric Yahnker employs elaborate metaphors and cultural commentaries in his monumental, irreverent charcoal and colored pencil drawings. Immediately appealing on their surfaces, Yahnker’s drawings convey deeper meanings to viewers who patiently engage with them. The artist begins his drawings as a series of words in a sketchbook, collaging ideas as much as images. The results are aggregations of witty, politically charged imagery, as in Cheese Slice on Garland (2012), which depicts a slice of pizza on a paper plate laid on a bed of roses. Yahnker has said that the pizza and flowers function as a memento mori, objects that, like humans, constantly inch closer to decomposition and death.

American, b. 1976