Miami based artist, Sheila Elias, has combined her talents of painting, printmaking, sculptures and photography and has developed a new form of communication using digital media—with just the touch a finger and an iPad, a natural feat no artist has truly ever done quite like she has. She says, “My art, whether it is photography, sculpture, or paintings, has always been a visual interpretation of my internal landscape, which is significantly influenced by external landscapes. Therefore, this collection of work is an indirect reflection of my colorful, turbulent home, Miami.” Miami, where multi-cultural history and the future clash on a daily basis, is a luminous kaleidoscope of raw, sincere emotions and harsh realities; urban tension mixed with profound beauty, compassion and optimism. Evidence of this interpretation can be found in the canvases of “iPaint on my iPad.” Using a touch screen canvas, the tech inclined artist uses the iPad as part of a larger method that integrates digital art and painting to develop images that hang on the walls of the most exquisite galleries. She continues, ““Techne Revelation” is a new technological vision that I am really excited about I have been painting on my iPad since 2010. The iPad differs from traditional media with its immediate, experimental effects. I believe it also stretches one’s mental capacity because the apps have limitations, and one has to work within those perimeters. It is a new medium, which is refreshing for a seasoned artist. I enlarged abstract shapes to take on mysterious, unnatural forms. I painted them without physical tools, by using my finger.”
Exerts from 2015 series: African Surprise
Elias’ series was featured at NYC Mayson Gallery as well as the GRAY AREA Instagram Project, along with the Whitney’s studio party. The shift in art trends is being pioneered by Sheila Elias and other big artists are soon to follow. The younger generation has been drawn to the fad due to the fact that millennials are overtaking the digital space and using it in daily life. The most impressive part is that Sheila’s work across the globe including hanging in the Louvre and at NYC Lincoln Center.
About Sheila Elias
Sheila Elias is a contemporary artist successful for her multi-media paintings, sculptures and iPad paintings. She doesn’t restrict herself on the tools she’ll use on her paintings -she won’t about reaching for a magic marker or glitter nail polish to use on her canvas.
What makes her art so unique and refreshing is the optimism she paints with as recognized by fans of her art and critic Peter Frank. “My work is about the layers of life and art history, seeking in it a connection between art, aesthetics, and social consciousness. I like to portray a perception of urban tension, raw emotions and harsh realities tempered with gentle optimism and beauty, countering an American dream that has gone a bit astray.” -Sheila Elias
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