March 28 - April 28, 2019
Space Gallery St Barth is delighted to present a solo exhibition of artwork by photographer and painter, Arno Elias. The show is comprised of twenty hand-painted photographs that capture both wildlife and tribal ways of life that are equally endangered. Elias strives to communicate the importance of the relationship between man and nature: man influenced by animal and animal imprinted by man. In his hand painted photographs, Elias applies the traditional colors of the African tribes that live side by side with endangered species thereby making them interchangeable with the animals with whom they share their lives. These works simultaneously highlight the beauty of our world, but also its fragility.
Elias’ process for creating his multi-media artworks is quite involved. After developing each photograph, the artist hand-paints a distinct language of codes, designs and embellishments in red, blue, yellow, green, silver, and gold pigments on top of each photo’s surface. In this way, each piece becomes a unique mixed-media photographic painting.
Arno Elias’ artwork has been exhibited widely in New York, San Francisco, Paris, and Dubai and been featured in numerous art fairs throughout North America including Art Chicago, San Francisco Art Market, Art Miami, Art Southampton, Art Silicon Valley, Art Toronto as well as at the prestigious Art Basel Switzerland. Elias has worked with fashion icons Jean Paul Gaultier and Mario Testino, with Latin recording artist, Shakira, and composed the score for multiple worldwide campaign videos for UNICEF. In 2016, Elias founded the not-profit organization I’m Not a Trophy with supermodel, Cara Delevingne. The organization is dedicated to creating greater awareness for the rapid extinction of endangered species around the world. The artist currently lives and works in Miami, Florida.
Established in 2011, Space Gallery St Barth is a contemporary art gallery dedicated to showcasing painting, photography, and sculpture by established and emerging artists. Since its inception, Space Gallery St Barth has built up an impressive roster of artists, curated international exhibitions, and participated in major art fairs including the Venice Biennale. As of today, the gallery has locations in St Barth and New York City and regularly exhibits in Monaco and Miami.