Eric Westra returns to ArtPrize yet again, hoping to stand out from the crowd and to engage viewers in a way that elicits strong, emotional responses. Westra typically has a more playful approach to imagery and normally utilizes bold use of color. This year he ventures into new territory. "In our current political climate, I just felt led to create something new, something more challenging, in a style that is different for me," he explains. “I am challenging the viewer to accept the possibility that we may have elected, with the assistance of a foreign adversary, a president who very well could have broken laws in the process.” Westra studied Art and Philosophy at Hope College, and previously owned Tulip City Panache, a creative studio that hosted painting parties. He currently resides in Holland, Michigan with his wife, Jennifer, and is father to two talented, creative daughters, Michaela and Brogan.
Eric's ArtPrize Entries
These are Eric's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.