Since his early work Erik Šille has been fascinated by and drawn his inspiration from unusual sources atypical for the medium of painting. Šille cunningly appropriates means of expression, objects, methods, and themes of the consumerist culture, pop-culture and visual language of the electronic media. Clearly identifiable attributes of his individual visual language find their roots in comic books, cartoons, computer games, street, graffiti, and tattoo art, package design, advertising and entertainment business, all the way to the political propaganda.
It is equally easy to identify typically “šille-sque” use of the acrylic painting technique, applied to canvas in smooth, even and clean surfaces, often amended with soft brush drawing, that give an impression of geometric marks. His technique of painting, in which any traces of brushstroke are invisible, denies involvement of artist’s hand. The seeming purity and strictly calculated perfection of Sille’s stories is juxtaposed to the myriad of compositionally calculated surfaces of stains, pours, sprays and gestural interventions, - the latter undeniable and direct emotive presence of the artist's hand.
Main protagonists of Sille's works are cartoon and comic books characters who find themselves in situation contrary to the clear and ideal world they come from.