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Jeremy Elkington
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  • Traralgon, Victoria
  • Australia
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Website
http://jeremyelkington.weebly.com
Relationship status
married
College / University
Monash University, Gippsland Campus
Program / Degree
Master of Arts (By Research)
Graduation
March 15, 2003
Member type
Artist
If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Drawing, Painting
About my artwork
It was not until the beginning of my second year of my Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) (1997), when I discovered the brilliance of Islamic art, that my interest in ornament, patterns and the sublime desert landscape was intensified. Soon Islamic script, architectural elements and musical analogies were introduced and, at various stages on my artistic path, small elements of Roman, Egyptian, Greek, Indian, Persian, Japanese and Gothic ornament and patterns were fused into the imagery along with abstract and surreal forms and shapes.

The time spent in Egypt (Sep.12 - Oct.3, 2001) enabled myself to utilize the photographs taken and my experiences there as a source for subsequent paintings and intensified my appreciation of Islamic art and architecture and the potency of the desert landscape. Time in Egypt also allowed for the strong combination of memory, time, sentiment and imagination to be strengthened as aspects of my art.

The core aspects of my work, at a basic level, are a focus on beauty, a haunting atmosphere, the resonance of ancient history and sense of the archaic connected with the desert landscape as well as the enticing and beautiful nature of ornament, patterns and objects of various ancient cultures (such as Rome, Greece and Egypt) as well as of Islamic/Arabic art and architecture which has been a prevalent aspect of my work.
Also prevalent within my work are a focus upon the aspects of interior vs. exterior, shadow and light, composition, perspective and forms, shapes and a surreal employment of details that reflect my own inherent artistic language. These elements serve as a reflection of my Self and my responses to film, composition, spontaneous ideas and, most significantly, music, the process of synaesthesia often taking place.

Underlying many of my recent works has been a surreal placement of and heavier focus on natural/organic elements such as flowers, locusts, wind-storms, leaves, birds and sun-light. The aim behind their use is to emphasize the grittiness and atmospheric quality of the landscapes and its presence as well as to heighten a sense of the archaic and drama.
The work offers a duality between the intimate and the vast, beauty and the rawness of the landscape, warmth and uncertainty/helplessness, light and a lingering/emerging darkness. Both underlying, and because of these elements, is the significant aspect of the unfolding of past and present hidden/unseen narratives or dramas. From this, possible scenarios as well as echoes of history and the resonances of past lives, relationships and tragedies permeate the supposed “emptiness” of the desert landscape and we are left to contemplate on the themes of love, adventure, searching, hope, loss, isolation, ecstasy, tragedy, celebration, melancholy, euphoria and reflection as they relate to people’s of the past and ourselves.
There is a delightful horror and solitude in the astonishing stretches of distance and space which, in turn, emphasize the dreaded sensations of utter isolation coupled with the euphoric sensations of peace, tranquillity and reflection, both contradicting and paralleling the safety and security implied by the interior space. Detachment and distance are able to compound the feelings of isolation, melancholia and infinite space through allusions to hopelessness, despair and the passing of time within an unfamiliar landscape.
This barrenness is used in my paintings not to distract the observer’s attention from an emotional emanation but to enforce the sublime tragedy of being emotionally and physically overwhelmed and uplifted within the ambiguous freedom offered.

Beginning in 2012, the sculpture, certain historical figures, ornament, armour and weapons of ancient Rome have begun to take place in my work. These elements, which reflect my interest and love of ancient Rome since I was around eight years old, take place within the backdrop that still fascinates me: the archaic desert landscape.
Artists I like
Tim Storrier, Yves Tanguy, Philip Taaffe, Allesandro Bavari, Arabic art and architecture, ancient Roman, Greek, Persian, Indian, Mycenaean and Egyptian art and architecture, Brom, H.R.Giger, Chris Achilleos, Alex Grey, Salvador Dali, Carravagio, Jacques Louis David, Jean Leon Gerome, Lawrence Alma Tadema, Gustav Klimt, Giovanni Piranesi, Hector D'Espouy, Peter Connolly, Kris Kuksi, Paul Romano, Dan Hillier
Interests
Islamic art (ornament/patterns)and architecture
Roman art (ornament, patterns), sculpture and army (armour/weapons)
Ancient history (especially Roman)
Film
Reading (historical fiction + Anne Rice)
Music: Secret Chiefs 3, The Tea Party, VAST, Fantomas, Tomahawk, Mr.Bungle, Faith No More, Mike Patton, Soundgarden, Chris Cornell, Opeth, Al Qaynah, Devin Townsend Project, Devin Townsend Band, Queensryche, Perry Farrell, Jeff Martin, Stuart Chatwood, Jeff Martin 777, Mastodon, Meshuggah, Jane's Addiction, Eric Avery, Marilyn Manson, Type O Negative, Dream Theater, James Labrie, John Zorn, John Williams, Wojiek Kilar, Danny Elfman, Ennio Morricone, Dillinger Escape Plan), Ghost
Middle Eastern desert landscapes
What exhibitions are good at the moment?
My art cv instead...

Education

Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) (1996-98, Monash University, Gippsland Campus). Graduated 8th May 1999.
Graduate Diploma of Arts (Visual Arts) (1999, Monash University, Gippsland Campus). Graduated 14th October 2000.
Masters of Arts (By Research) (2000-02, Monash University, Gippsland Campus). Graduated 15th March 2003. Thesis title: A Studio Investigation: Approaching the sublime through the musical, the exotic and the “perfect”.
Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) (2003-04, Monash University, Gippsland Campus). Graduated December 2005.


Solo Exhibitions

2013 Rome-Desert-Ornament, West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul.
2012 LaTrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell (Oct./Nov.)
2008 Across Time, The Highway Gallery, Melbourne.
2007 The Heart’s Frontiers, LaTrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell.
2004 Infinite Echoes, 69 Smith Street, Melbourne.
2003 Resonances, LaTrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell.
2002 Masters Examination, Switchback Gallery, Monash University, Gippsland Campus.
2001 Neo-Orientalism Middle Eastern Visions, Gammaspace, Melbourne.

Group Exhibitions

2014 Painting group exhibition, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne.
2014 ONE (Phollio), Spink St. Gallery, Melbourne.
2013 Bluethumb (online art gallery) ‘Pop Up’ exhibitions, Adelaide.
2009 Synthesis, Walker Street Gallery, Dandenong.
2000 McIvor Lu Elkington, Cowawarr Art Space, Cowwarr.
1999 EXHIBITIONISM: An exhibition of works by emerging artists in support of UNICEF, Lounge, Melbourne.
1998 IMPACT: Art for a world identity, Monash University Gallery, Clayton Campus.
1998 Final Year Students, Switchback Gallery, Monash University Gallery, Gippsland Campus.
1998 Flow, LaTrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell.
1997 Collected Visions, canteen space, Monash University, Gippsland Campus.


Joint/Paired Exhibitions

2009 Hidden Narratives (with Janine Good), Kingston Arts Centre, Melbourne.

Art Shows

2014 The Flanagan Art Prize, St.Patrick’s College, Ballarat.
2014 Herald Sun Camberwell Rotary Art Show, Melbourne.
2014 Mirboo North Annual Art Show, Mirboo North.
2013-14 ’40 x 40’, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne.
2013, Tyers Art Show, Tyers.
2013 Rotary Club of Warragul Art Show, Warragul
- Highly Commended (Best Gippsland Artist in any Medium)
2013 Leongatha Rotary Art & Photography Show, Leongatha
- Highly Commended
2013 Bayside Art Show, Sandringham Yacht Club, Melbourne.
2013 Hobsons Bay Art Show, Melbourne.
2013 Small Works, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne.
2013 Herald Sun Camberwell Rotary Art Show, Melbourne.
2012 The Flanagan Art Prize, St.Patrick’s College, Ballarat.
2012 Mirboo North Annual Art Show
2011 Mirboo North Annual Art Show
Winner: Best Exhibit
Winner: Best Work in Oils
2011 Herald Sun Camberwell Rotary Art Show, Melbourne
2010 Inaugural Traralgon Apex Art Exhibition
Winner: Two-Dimensional Award

2010 Herald Sun Camberwell Rotary Art Show, Melbourne
2009 Herald Sun Camberwell Rotary Art Show, Melbourne
Winner: Best Australian Landscape (acquisitive prize)

2008 The 2008 John Leslie Art Prize, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale.
2008 6degree Art Prize, Frankston Arts Centre, Melbourne.
2008 Herald Sun Camberwell Rotary Art Show, Melbourne.
2005 Herald Sun Camberwell Rotary Art Show, Melbourne.
2004 The 2004 John Leslie Art Prize, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale.
2003 Tyers Art Show, Tyers.
2000-05 Mirboo North Annual Art Show
2005 Winner: Best Work in Acrylic or Oil.
2003 Winner: Best Work in Acrylic or Oil.
2000 Winner: Best Work in Pastel of Drawing.

2000 The Victorian Campus Art Prize & Exhibition, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne.
1999 Tyers Art Show, Tyers.

Work exhibited at the following

March 2012, 2014-15: Golden Plains Arts Trail, Garibaldi.
2013 “Reactivate: LaTrobe Valley Spring Festival”, Morwell.

April 2011: Golden Plains Arts Trail, Garibaldi.

November - December 2000: Gippsland Water Board office, Traralgon.

October 2002 - current: Town & Country Gallery, Yarragon.

February 2003 - May 2004: Australian Wildlife Gallery, Munro.

August 2004 - March 2006: Asti & Gold (Sahara Bar), Melbourne.

November 2004 - October 2005: 4cats Gallery stockroom, Melbourne.

January - November 2006: Impressions gallery, Traralgon.

November 2010 - current : Thistledown Gallery, Traralgon.

Collections

Private collections throughout Australia.


Media/Publications

Masters thesis - A Studio Investigation: Approaching the Sublime Through the Musical, the Exotic and “the Perfect”, 358 pages. Published by Monash University Gippsland, 2002. (Google Books).
http://books.google.com.au/books/about/A_Studio_Investigation.html?...

Phollio (Ed.1) Book, 2014.
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At 3:59 on March 9, 2009, Leith O'Malley said…
Excellent works Jeremy!
Cheers,
Leith in South Oz
At 13:01 on October 18, 2008, ART & ARTISTS LA said…
BLUEBIRD ART HOUSE AND ART&ARTISTS LA are pleased to announce the 1st INTERNATIONAL JURIED COMPETITION 2009.

Open to all artists in all fine arts media we seek to recognize outstanding quality and diversity in the arts.

The 2009 IJC is open to all artists worldwide, age 18 and older. All works must be original. Entries in the following medias will be accepted: Painting, Drawing, Mixed media, Printmaking, Watercolor, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Photography.

Entry Deadline February 15th 2009.

AWARD

A solo show next winter 2009 at Bluebird Art House and $1500 to the winner. 1 work in the show for each one of the 3 runner up.

To receive the Submission Form and bases

E-MAIL: BBIRDINTCOMP@YAHOO.COM
At 13:01 on October 18, 2008, ART & ARTISTS LA said…
BLUEBIRD ART HOUSE AND ART&ARTISTS LA are pleased to announce the 1st INTERNATIONAL JURIED COMPETITION 2009.

Open to all artists in all fine arts media we seek to recognize outstanding quality and diversity in the arts.

The 2009 IJC is open to all artists worldwide, age 18 and older. All works must be original. Entries in the following medias will be accepted: Painting, Drawing, Mixed media, Printmaking, Watercolor, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Photography.

Entry Deadline February 15th 2009.

AWARD

A solo show next winter 2009 at Bluebird Art House and $1500 to the winner. 1 work in the show for each one of the 3 runner up.

To receive the Submission Form and bases

E-MAIL: BBIRDINTCOMP@YAHOO.COM
At 18:16 on September 13, 2008, Jamesypooh said…
wow, the landscape paintings are great! i like how u add these other lines and shapes to them. really really great work here!
At 15:18 on September 13, 2008, Claudio said…
hi Eremy. i'm enjoy to discovery your canvas, feel the sand from the Sea side, warm tide, do i have any possibility to create any collective there? Please see my site. Thanks
At 6:51 on August 13, 2008, Aalto said…
Hi Jeremy,
We have seen your work on here and think it's really great..

We are opening a Gallery in Geelong and are seeking submissions to exhibit.
The Gallery is in the old State bank Chamber so it is a pretty spectacular space. Large walls with Travertine columns separating each space.
Our website is under construction at the moment but here is a link to our blogspot.


http://aaltogallery.blogspot.com/


Kind Regards,
Vimala
Aalto Gallery
At 16:37 on May 29, 2008, artreview.com said…
Hi Jeremy!

Welcome to artreview.com.

Very interesting and original work! It would be great to see some more here!
Hope you enjoy the site. Also, check out ArtReview:Digital -- it's ArtReview magazine on your screen every month, and it's FREE
 
 
 

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