“MMXX” 2020. Oil, tar, patina, and pencil on aluminum, 24” X 36” in.

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Scout, 2020. Oil, tar, patina, and pencil on aluminum, 24” X 24 in.

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“Anthrpocene Stairway” (Diptych), 2019. 

Oil, tar, patina, sand, and pencil on aluminum panels, 2 x 24” X 48” in.

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“Strain” 2020. Old globe, guache, 220 push pins, toilet roll, gold paint, wooden stand. 12” X 12” X 17" in.

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Chasing Blue I, Mixed Media, Tar and Sand on Aluminum. 24 x 24 in.

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Chasing Blue II, Mixed Media, Tar and Sand on Aluminum. 24 x 24 in.

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Chasing Blue III, Mixed Media, Tar and Sand on Aluminum. 24 x 24 in.

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Flags of Summer. Mixed Media, Oil, Tar and sand on Aluminum. 24 x 24 x 2 in.

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Firewalker, Mixed Media, Oil, Tar and sand on Aluminum. 24 x 24 x 2 in.

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Liminal. Oil, tar, patina, and gold leaf on aluminum panel, 24 X 36 in .

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Tea For Nina. Mixed Media, Oil, Tar and sand on Aluminum. 24 x 24  in.

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Sanctuary 2. Mixed Media, Oil, Tar and sand on Aluminum. 24 x 24 x 2 in.

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Sanctuary. Mixed Media, Oil, Tar and sand on Aluminum. 24 x 24 x 2 in.

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What, Mixed Media, Oil, Tar and sand on Aluminum. 48 x 24 x 2 in.

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God in the Numbers. Oil, tar, patina, sand, and pencil on aluminum, 24 X 24 in.

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Small Boy on a Beach. Mixed Media, Oil and Tar on Found Aluminum. 24 x 24 in.

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Goodyear. Mixed Media, Oil and Tar on Found Aluminum. 24 x 48 in.

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St. St., Mixed Media, Oil, Tar and Sand and Glitter on Aluminum. 48 x 24  in.

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9. Mixed Media , Oil and Tar on Wood Panel. 48 x 96 in.

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Divine Mechanics. Oil, Tar, Miexd Media on Wood Panel. 24 x 48 x 2in.

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Sneaky Petes.Oil, Tar, Miexd Media on Wood Panel. 24 x 48 x 2in.  

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EDEM ELESH – Artist Statement 2020


Under his modus operandi of “Process and Providence”, Edem Elesh continues on his artistic journey, following his own unique path of artistic expression. Through thorough mixed media experimentation, and the acknowledgement of chance, Edem harnesses “fortunate” accident, using this as a necessary building block, and on occasion, a means-to-an-end.


"My goal is to create a visceral response from the viewer; I achieve this through the use of visual "triggers", representation queues that act as metaphors for the individual piece's concepts.

I use tar as a primordial "earthy" medium. Application of it negates the use of brushes, demanding a real fingers/hands-on/felt approach. Use of patinas on the aluminum promote "accident" and unintentional effects and texture. The end result is a unique approach to the process of creating his contemporary art.


In his current work, Edem exercises existential awareness, contemplating the sustainability of our current ecological paradigm.