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ERICK ERICKSON HAS BEEN AN AVID MOVIE FAN ALL OF HIS LIFE.
At 9 years old Erick attended Art Classes at the prestigious Chicago Art Institute. He continued classes for 8 more years.
Attending College at the Kansas City Art institute and School of Design he majored in Industrial Design. Erick graduated at the top of his class on the Deans list in 1974.
Erick started designing Cracker Jack toys and cereal premiums. He went on to design toys manufactured by Mattel, Parker Brothers, Kenner, Milton Bradley, Ideal, and many others while at the Marvin Glass Studios in Chicago. As a result, he has been granted 21 U.S. Patents.
Erick then opened his own studio in the Heart of Chicago. There he invented incredible electronic amusements manufactured by Bally, Williams Electronics and Stern Electronics. Erick then moved from Chicago to Florida and opened his own toy store.
During the process of decorating the lobby of his private movie theater at his Home in Florida, he purchased some life masks. Being sorely disappointed that the life masks looked more like death masks, Erick decided to turn his disappointment into his next passion.
Using his talents as a sculptor Erick first restores the historic life masks, undoing the damage done by time and recasting. Ears, hair, and eyebrows are added sculpturaly. The product is an accurate historic mask with all of the original detail preserved. The historic mask is an amazing display that captures the spirit of the person cast.
Then Erick takes it up a notch. He takes the mask he has just restored and does a version full of life. Erick began the process of creating sculptures of the celebrity's depicting them at their most famous moments. He sculpts the celebrity's eyes open, adds expression, make up, hair styles, and costumes.
Since these sculptures are built up on an actual casting of the actors' face, they are truly life like. You can see and feel every pore and wrinkle. It is very eerie to look up and see one these characters looking at you. For an instant, you'd swear that they were actually alive!
Erick is now casting these works of art in limited quantities. These masks are developed as the final characters are signed, numbered, and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
ERICK'S WORK IS ON
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