Damian Elwes is a British painter born in 1960 who lives in L.A. From a family of famous portrait painters, his grandfather being Queen Elizabeth’s favourite, he studied in Harvard because he was good at maths but learned playwriting. In the early 1980s, Elwes moved to New York, where he met Keith Haring who encouraged him to start painting, and became an early exponent of graffiti. From 1992–2000, Damian Elwes lived in southern Colombia in a house that he built overlooking a rainforest. There he created four vast, interactive paintings which viewers can walk around inside. His work now focuses on re-creating the studios of famous artists (Picasso, Matisse, Yayoi Kusama, Alex Katz, Keith Haring, Basquiat) through his deep research in documentation and historical records.
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Recorded on May 5th 2020
Augustine Kofie définit ce qu’est pour lui un jeune artiste et le travail qu’il doit accomplir. Depuis ses premières commandes, la première exposition à la Zero One Gallery qui a tout fait basculé jusqu’à l’artiste qu’il est devenu aujourd’hui, c’est en autodidacte qu’il s’est construit. Il partage enfin ses envies et l’évolution qu’il souhaite donner à son travail.
Augustine Kofie defines what a young artist is for him and the work he has to accomplish. Since his first commissions, the first exposure to the Zero One Gallery that changed everything to the artist he has become today, he built himself as a self-taught artist. He finally shares his desires and the evolution he wants to give to his work.
Augustine Kofie explique comment, après plus de 20 ans de pratique, il a été amené à faire ses collages et ses peintures abstraits. Depuis son enfance où sa mère lui fabrique des vêtements customisés, il prend l’habitude de récupérer des matériaux divers pour les inclure dans ses oeuvres. Le graffiti et la culture hip-hop avec le sampling, dont il s’inspire, l’aident à forger son style. Il trouve enfin une inspiration supplémentaire dans la peinture constructiviste ou chez des artistes comme Lee Bontecou, Ed Moses ou encore des architectes comme Lebbeus Woods ou Antonio Sant’Elia.
Augustine Kofie explains how, after more than 20 years of practice, he had been led to make his collages and his abstract paintings. Since his childhood when his mother made him customized clothes, he is used to collecting various materials that he includes in his works. Graffiti and hip-hop culture with sampling, that fuel his mind, help him to forge his style. He finally finds an additional inspiration in the constructivist painting or in artists like Lee Bontecou, Ed Moses or even architects like Lebbeus Woods or Antonio Sant’Elia.