Mikel Elam

Mikel Elam

    Studio & Gallery

    Philadelphia PA, 19144

    Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

    Mixed Media Paintings

    Artist's Statement

    The diversity of the world is very apparent. It is important to tell everyone's story from background to foreground through visuals, literature, sound and film.

    I am a visual artist interested in the contrast of history and the concepts of futurism. I express my ideals through abstracting the figure. In fact I like to think of myself as an Afro-futurist. I use classic painting techniques interspersed with a mix medium of collage, found objects, assorted ephemera to convey messages about human equality or lack of. In short I am a storyteller. This body of work consists of painted fabric, mesh and paper mounted onto canvas and wood panels. Sometimes I construct and deconstruct an image. Erase, push and pull areas to convey emotional responses. I use pigments which simulate melanin based skin and hair with highly keyed colors to evoke memories of the past with a glimpse into an inclusive future.

    Selected Exhibitions

    2021
    Speak Out, Pink Noise Project, Philadelphia, PA
    Curator: Daniel Oliva

    Odyssey of the Black Spirit, Tennessee Valley Art Museum, Tuscumbia, AL
    Curator: Brandon Harris
    Honor

    Window Exhibition, Kindred Art Collaborative, Cellini Art Gallery, Ambler, PA
    Curator: Pauline Houston McCall

    Tell Me A Story, Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    79th Juried Exhibition: Seeing the Story, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
    Curator: David Wiesner

    Heavenly Bodies, Old City Jewish Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

    In Search of Light on a Darkened Terrain, Boston Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2020
    Inner Dimension, City Arts Salon, Philadelphia, PA
    Curator: Kenny White

    Dream Cycles: Between Hope And Reality, East Market, Philadelphia, PA
    Curator: Sheena Garcia

    2019
    An Inherently Hopeful Gesture, Cerulean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    Curator: Bill Scott

    2018
    Meet Me Round Midnight, Cellini Art Gallery, Ambler, PA

    2016
    Deep Six Reunion Show, Old City Jewish Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

    2015
    Bombay Sapphire, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

    Many Rivers, Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

    2013
    Deep Six Exhibition, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

    2012
    71st Annual Juried Exhibition, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA  
    Juror: Alex Kanevsky
    Recipient of Maurice Freed Memorial Prize For Mixed Media

    2011
    Magic Gardens, Philadelphia,Pa

    Patti Gallardo Gallery, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco Mexico

    Ports Of Art, Puerto Vallarta Airport Gallery

    2010
    Art Basel, Miami, FL

    Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY

    Art Barn Gallery, Schuylkill Haven, PA

    2009
    10X10, InLiquid, Philadelphia, PA

    Bike Works Show, Philadelphia, PA

    Masters Of Mystery Show, Art Basel, Miami, FL

    Mail Me Art, Red Gate Gallery, London, United Kingdom

    Artist's Bibliography

    Catalog, Biennale Internationale Dell’arte Contemporanea

    Vibe Magazine

    Inquirer Magazine

    Pennsylvania Gazette Magazine

    Seven Arts Magazine

    Business Philadelphia Magazine

    City Paper Philadelphia Weekly

    Sony CD Package For Bobby Watson Caritas Of Switzerland
    Series Of 6 African Relief Fund Posters

    Oil Spill Magazine

    Everything Is Art Magazine

    Studio Visit Magazine
    Curator: Ian Berry

    The Magazine
    Curator: Sean Martorano

    Many Rivers Exhibition Catalog
    Curators: Stephen Tyson, Stanwyck Cromwell

    Professional Experience

    2021
    Fitler Club, Philadelphia, PA
    Artist In Residence Program

    Mural Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Cohort Fellowship

    2018
    Brandywine Workshop & Archives, Philadelphia, PA
    Artist in Residence

    2012
    Maurice Freed Memorial Prize

    Education

    1985
    University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    BFA, Painting

    1986
    School of the Visual Arts, New York, NY
    Masters Degree Program, incomplete

    Schuylkill Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA
    Old World Drawing and Painting