A Solo Exhibition at Space Gallery Soho
Space Gallery St Barth is delighted to present a solo exhibition of artwork by talented French photographer and painter, Arno Elias, at the gallery’s New York City location. The show is comprised of twenty hand-painted photographs from Elias’ most recent trip to Africa. This body of work aims to capture both wildlife and tribal ways of life that are equally endangered. Through his artwork, Elias strives to communicate the importance of the relationship between man and nature: man influenced by the animal and the animal imprinted by man. In his hand-colored photographs, Elias applies the traditional colors of African tribes such as the Maasai, the Samburu and the Mursi that live side by side with these endangered species thereby making them interchangeable with the animal life with whom they share their lives and history. The works simultaneously show the beauty of our world, but also its fragility.
The artworks showcased in LOST represent a crystallization of Elias' mixed-media technique. Elias’ process for creating these unique, multi-media artworks is quite involved. The photographs are first printed on archival pigment paper. Next, Elias careful hand-paints a distinct language of codes, designs and embellishments on top of the photographic image in pigments of red, blue, yellow, green, silver, and gold. In this way, each piece becomes a unique mixed-media photographic painting. Arno Elias’ artwork has been displayed both domestically and internationally. He is represented by galleries in New York City, Miami, Paris, St Barth, Aspen, and San Francisco – a huge achievement for any artist but extremely notable for one as young as Elias. Elias’ artworks have also been featured in prestigious international publications including Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Elle Magazine to name a few. His artwork has also been acquired by several corporate and museum collections including MoCADA Museum, Brooklyn, New York.
Inspired by his love of Africa and its endangered species, Elias founded the not-profit organization I’m Not a Trophy with supermodel, Cara Delevingne in 2016. 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 developing and presenting painting, photography, and sculpture by both established and emerging artists. The gallery’s founder, Natalie Clifford, was Director of Eden Rock Gallery in St Barth from 2005 – 2011. During this period, Clifford organized a series of high-profile collaborations between Eden Rock Gallery and blue chip galleries including Mary Boone Gallery, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, and Space SBH.
Gagosian Galleries. 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 Europe and Miami.
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