Edem Elesh - Contemporary Artist 

"I am interested in examining the miracle of everyday existence. I have led a very unique life. Born in Los Angeles and educated from an early age at English boarding schools, I have been exposed to two different cultures. This gives my work an American energy with English sensibilities. I am intrigued by the interplay born of this duality: order and chaos, old and new, the conscious and unconscious, structure and freedom. Not to mention expectation and accident."

"Process and Providence"

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, hopefully, an entirely unique approach to the practice of contemporary art."

Current themes

The focus of my current work is the exposure and discussion of Geoengineering/weather manipulation/weather warfare. I feel this topic warrants serious discussion and, as I see it, it is THE major “elephant in the room” and demonstrates/exposes a dangerous politic that affects, not only all peoples around the globe, but all life on the planet.

Edem Elesh, a native of Los Angeles, is also an internationally known, collected and respected Fine Artist.

He was given his start in Los Angeles by The Kantor Gallery, and The Don O’Melveny Gallery, followed by the divine patronage of Lydia Takeshita of L.A. Artcore, and Gloria Delson and Petra Wright of Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts.
He is currently represented by Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts, L.A. Artcore, Joanna Burke Art Consultants, LELA International Gallery, and Ann Koeffler Artist representation. He is currently a Advisory Member of the Board of Directors of L.A. Artcore, Los Angeles, and Member of the Board of Directors of IAA USA.

He has participated in innumerable shows and residencies domestically and overseas. A selected listing is included below.

His art has received notice from Channel 7’s “Eye On L.A.” (The Amazing Art of Edem Elesh); Coagula;

L.A. Municipal Art Gallery; CA 101 Exhibit; The Hollywood Reporter; The Surfer’s Journal (Volume 13.3); “Surf Story” Volume 2 by Robb Havassy; Eric Minh Swenson (Episode 2: “Stoked”, a feature focusing on Los Angeles Artist who surf); Random Lengths News (San Pedro, CA); City of Krabi, Thailand, News Media; Shanghai, China, News Media; Daka, Bangladesh, News Media; TCG Television, Italy; TNN, Thai National Television, Bangkok, Thailand, to name a few.

 

His art encompasses mixed media painting, sculpture, installation, drawing and music composition. 

His music (seen as an integral part of his artistic expression, giving sound to vision if you will) has made it’s way into several features including Eric Minh Swenson’s Episode 2 of “Stoked” where his release “Selah” (under the moniker KinderCrowdControl®) was featured in it’s entirety. He recently was given the honor of designing and scoring the music for a presentation of the artwork/CV of Thai National Artist Dr. Kamol Tassananchalee. 

His work has taken him, in the role of an invited unofficial U.S. Art Ambassador, to the furthest corners of South East Asia, and recently Europe.

Education 

1991 - 1994

Degree

Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California

Bachelors of Fine Arts with Distinction

Awards, notices, and residencies 

Residencies

Rijeka Residency. April 2020. Rijeka, Croatia (postponed).
Italian Art Tour 2020. Salerno and Agerola (postponed).

3rd International Art Exchange and Workshop, Andaman Museum, Krabi, Thailand.
1st International Art Exchange and Workshop. Nakhon Sawan, Thailand.
2020 International Art Exchange, Bangkok, Thailand.
1st International Festival and Workshop, Danang, Vietnam.
14th International Festival and Workshop Poh Chang University, Bangkok, Thailand.
“Nutrimenti” Graffito. Montemurro, Italy.
5th International Art Festival and Workshop, KMUTNB, Thailand.
3rd International Art Festival and Workshop Thaksin University. Songkla, Thailand.
2nd Annual International Art Festival and Workshop, Andaman Museum. Krabi, Thailand.
13th International Festival and Workshop Poh Chang University, Bangkok, Thailand.
1st International Art Festival and Workshop, KMUTNB, Raung, Thailand.
1st International Art Festival and Workshop, Prince Songkla University, Pattani, Thailand.

2nd International Festival and Workshop, Shanghai, China.
2nd Andaman Art Festival. One of two U.S. artist invitees.
2014 Art residency University of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Print Department.
1st International Thailand Exchange Workshop 2014. Andaman Museum, Krabi, Thailand.
1st International Thailand/U.S. Exchange Workshop 2014. Thaksin University, Thailand.

2nd International Thailand/U.S. Exchange Show 2014. Naresuan University, Thailand.

1st International Festival and Workshop, Changzhou, China.
1st International Festival and Workshop, Naresuan University, Phisanulok, Thailand.
9th International Festival and Workshop, Poh-Chang, Bangkok, Thailand.
8th International Art Festival Thailand invitee. Poh-Chang, Bangkok, Thailand.
6th International Festival and Workshop, Poh-Chang, Bangkok, Thailand.

Awards & Notices

Board of Directors. IAA USA, Los Angeles, California. July 2020.


TNN
, Thai National Television Feature. January 2020.

Board of Directors. LA Artcore, Los Angeles, California. February 2019-February 2020.

 

Featured artist “Nutrimenti” Graffito installation on TCG Italian Television.

 

CA101 Catalog Feature.
Random Lengths News Featured artist for the “Dear President” Exhibition. 

Featured Los Angeles artist in 17th Asian Art Biennale, Daka, Bangladesh. 

 

Featured Los Angeles artist in 1st Shanghai International Art Exhibit and Workshop in           China. Sole U.S. artist invitee, and one of a few interviewed by Shanghai television.

Featured Los Angeles artist in Andaman Art Festival promotional video. One of two             U.S. artists invited, and one of 4 interviewed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?        v=JkN0L3hEeMQ

Featured Los Angeles artist in Eric Minh Swenson’s 2nd Episode of “Stoked”
which focused on L.A. Artists who surf. Documenting the continuum of this tradition.

Edem's music, A.K.A. KinderCrowdControl, was used as the soundtrack to this                   episode. https://vimeo.com/119474605

Repeated Coagula Art features.  

 Korea Daily Art & Culture Feature.

 

Jury Award. Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.

 

ABC Channel 7 TV News Feature. "Edem Elesh; An artist in Highland Park."

 

The Surfer's Journal. Volume 13 #3. Art & Culture Feature. Art and words.

 

 "Eye On LA" Channel 7: "The Amazing Art of Edem Elesh"
http://edem-art.com/eye_on_la/eyeonla.htm

LA Weekly Selection: Don O’Melveny Gallery, “Marilyn’s Bedroom”.

"A True Hollywood Story", Kevin Butler, West Hollywood Independent. Wed. July 17, 2002.
Selected Write-ups and Press Release
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Permanent Collections 

Nakhon Sawan Contemporary Art Museum, Thailand.
Danang Contemporary Art Museum, Danang, Vietnam.
“Nutrimenti” Graffito. Montemurro, Italy.
DNA Contemporary, Maratea, Italy.
King Mongkut University of Technology, N. Bangkok, Thailand.
Prince Songkla University Museum, Pattani, Thailand.
Poh Chang University, Bangkok, Thailand.
Naresuan University, Pisanulok, Thailand.
Thaksin University, Songkla, Thailand.
Andaman Museum, Krabi, Thailand.

Chiang Rai Cultural Center, Chiang Rai, Thailand.
Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Changzhou Art Museum, Changzhou, China.

Chun Art Museum, Shanghai, China.

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2019

2020

Selected Exhibits

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1998-1999

"Spark". Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts. Group Show.
Covid/Post-Covid international 10 for 10 virtual exhibit.

IADCE International Virtual Exhibition, Songkla University, Pattani, Thailand.
Rijeka Residency. April 2020. Rijeka, Croatia (postponed.
Italian Art Tour 2020. Salerno and Agerola (postponed).
2020 International Art Exchange, Bangkok, Thailand.

1st International Art Exchange and Workshop, Nakhon Sawan, Thailand.

3rd International Art Exchange and Workshop, Andaman Museum, Krabi, Thailand.

1st International Art Workshop and Exhibition, Danang Fine Arts Museum, Danang,Vietnam.
19th International Art Exchange Exhibition Invitee. National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan.
"Medley". Group show. Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles.
"2 Degrees". Group show. Kathy Gallejos Gallery, Los Angeles.
Salih Karcıoğlu International Art Workshop and Exhibition Invitee. Izmir, Turkey.
Belt and Road Festival and Workshop Invitee, Hexian County, Anhui, China.
14th International Art Festival and Workshop, Poh Chang University, Bangkok, Thailand.

18th Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Group Show. Ave 50 Gallery, Highland Park, California.
Two Man Show. “Nutrimenti” Graffito Residency, Montemurro, Italy.
Two Man Show. DNA Contemporary, Maratea, Italy.
“SalonBH”. SalonBH, Los Angeles, California.
5th International Art Festival and Workshop, KMUTNB, Thailand.

3rd International Art Festival and Workshop Thaksin University. Songkla, Thailand.

2nd International Art Festival and Workshop. Andaman Museum. Krabi, Thailand.

Asian Cultural Center. Bangkok, Thailand.

13th International Art Festival and Workshop, Poh Chang University, Bangkok, Thailand.

“Surf Story 2”. Iron & Resin, Ventura, California.
“Surf Story 2”. Surfing Heritage Museum, San Clemente, California.
“Surf Story 2”. Gregorio Escalante Gallery, Los Angeles, California.

“Surf Story 2”. Hurley Headquarters, Costa Mesa, California.
“Glow”. GDCA Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
“Cross Town Traffic”. SOLA Gallery, Los Angeles, California.

“CA 101”. Group Show, Redondo Beach, California.

“Flowers”. Group Show. Neutra Institute Gallery & Museum. Los Angeles

“Septime” GDCA Gallery, Los Angeles, California.

“Immigrants”. Group Show. Neutra Institute Gallery & Museum. Los Angeles.

“Dear President”. Group Show. South Bay Contemporary, San Pedro.

“Methods & Materials”. 3 man Show. LA Artcore Brewery Annex, Los Angeles.


17th Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

24th Discovery Tour, Los Angeles, California.

“Summer Art Festival” Park Avenue Gallery, Los Angeles, California.

“Play” LAMAG Gallery, Los Angeles, California.

“Femme Fatales” GDCA Gallery, Los Angeles, California.

“Montage” GDCA Gallery, Los Angeles, California.

“Essence” GDCA Gallery, Los Angeles, California.

15th International Painting Exchange Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Japan.

1st International Art Festival and Workshop, KMUTNB, Raung, Thailand.

1st International Art Festival and Workshop, Prince Songkla University, Pattani, Thailand.

Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand.


1st International Exhibition and Workshop. Shanghai, China
“Spring Show” LELA Gallery, Los Angeles, California.

“Spectrum” GDCA Gallery, Los Angeles, California.

2nd Andaman Art Festival Invitee (of two U.S. artists). Krabi, Thailand.

Residency Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand.


Arroyo Arts Discovery Tour, Solo Show, Los Angeles.

“Beautiful Illusions”. Solo Show. LA Artcore, Los Angeles.

Relocation Celebration Show LELA Gallery. Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.

Japan/Korea Cosmos International Art Fair Show LELA Gallery. Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.

Ring of Fire Show LELA Gallery. Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.

Thailand/U.S. Exchange Workshop 2014. Andaman Museum, Krabi, Thailand.

Thailand/U.S. Exchange Workshop 2014. Thaksin University, Thailand.

Thailand/U.S. Exchange Show 2014. Naresuan University, Thailand.

Korea/U.S. Joint Show LELA Gallery. Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.


Arroyo Arts Discovery Tour, Solo Show, Los Angeles.

"AAC Preview” Group Show, Avenue 50 Gallery, Highland Park, Los Angeles.

“Colors” Group Show, Fremont Gallery, South Pasadena, Los Angeles.

Korea/USA Group Show, Sakata Gallery, Los Angeles.

1st International Festival and Workshop, Changzhou, China.

“(The) Odd•ys•sey (continues)”. Solo show. Fremont Gallery, South Pasadena, Los Angeles.

“Odd•ys•sey”. Solo show. Fremont Gallery, South Pasadena, Los Angeles.

“Glimpses”. January Group show. Fremont Gallery, South Pasadena, Los Angeles.

1st International Festival and Workshop, Naresuan University, Phisanulok, Thailand.

9th International Festival and Workshop, Poh-Chang, Bangkok, Thailand.


“Local Scenes”. Group show. Fremont Gallery, South Pasadena, Los Angeles.

20th Annual Arroyo Arts Discovery Tour, Highland Park, Los Angeles.

Touring Small Works, Fukuoka, Japan. Through 2013.

It’s Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan.

7th International Art Exhibit, Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan.

Summer Salon, “Raise The Rent/Fukuoka Tour 2012”. 

Fremont Gallery, South Pasadena, CA. “Shared Views”.

Coohaus Gallery, Chelsea, New York. “Apple & Oranges”.

8th International Art Festival Thailand invitee. Rajamangala University, Thailand.


L.A. Artcore Christmas Show.

Rheeway Gallery, Group Show. Christmas Benefit Auction.

Arroyo Arts 19th Annual Discovery Tour, Highland Park, CA.

Assiart Gallery, Group Show.

LAMAG, "An Exercise In Cultural Democracy". Award winner.

Shoshana Wayne Gallery, "Chain Letter".

Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, "Benefit Auction".

L.A. Artcore Brewery Annex: "Selah: an aural tradition". 


Arroyo Arts 18th Annual Discovery Tour, Highland Park, CA.

L.A. Artcore Brewery Annex, Group Show: Christmas Show.

Rheeway Gallery, Group Show: "Artful".

Rheeway Gallery, Group Show: Extended Showcase.

Rheeway Gallery, Group Show: 1st International/ U.S. Exchange Show.

Gloria Delson/ ArtLA, 6th St. Gallery, Downtown Artwalk-August.

Gloria Delson/ ArtLA, 6th St. Gallery, Downtown Artwalk-July.

Gloria Delson/ ArtLA, 6th St. Gallery, Downtown Artwalk-June.

L.A. Artcore Brewery Annex, Group Show: 7th Intl. Japan/ U.S. Exchange Show.

Gloria Delson/ ArtLA, 6th St. Gallery, Downtown Artwalk-May.

Gloria Delson/ ArtLA, 6th St. Gallery, Downtown Artwalk-April.

L.A. Artcore Brewery Annex, Group Show: 4th Intl. Thailand/ U.S. Exchange Show.

Gloria Delson/ ArtLA, 6th St. Gallery, Downtown Artwalk-March.

Chiang Rai Cultural Center, Chiang Rai, Thailand- 6th International Arts Festival. 

Fine Arts Museum, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Thailand Cultural Center, Bangkok, Thailand.

L.A. Artcore Brewery Annex. 2 Man Show: “Corners”.


“Recover” Discovery Tour. Highland Park, Los Angeles.

Ansei Gallery, Ukiha, Japan. Group Show: "Ukiha".

CA Gallery, Munakata, Japan. Group Show: "Ark". 

Gallery Western, Los Angeles. Group Show: "International New Years Show".

L.A. Artcore Brewery Annex, Group Show: "Mnemonica". 


Arroyo Arts Tour, Highland Park, CA, "Re-Discovery".

Gallery Western, Los Angeles. Group Show: "Inaugural Invitational Show".

Takanaga Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan: "Canal City".

Asian Museum, Fukuoka, Japan: "Japan/ U.S. Joint Show". 

L.A. Artcore Brewery Annex, Group Show: "A Beautiful Distance".


Arroyo Arts Tour, Highland Park, CA, "Berths".

Lost Dog Gallery, Durango, CO, Group Show: "Climate Change".

Don O'Melveny Gallery, Three Man Show: "3".

L.A. Artcore Brewery, Two Man Show: "Incantations".


Don O'Melveny Gallery, Group Show: "Double Overhead III".

Don O'Melveny Gallery, Solo Show: "Drowning Pool at Buddha Lounge".


Don O'Melveny Gallery. Solo Show: "Road to Folly". 

Salon VI. Solo Show: "Leave Taking". Atlanta, GA.


Don O'Melveny Gallery. Group Show. "Essentials".. 

Joanna Burke Gallery. Group Show:  "The Off-Off Venice Art Show". 


Don O'Melveny Gallery. Solo Show: "Drowning Pool: Live!".

Salon V. Solo Show: "The So Long Salon".

Don O'Melveny Gallery. "Launch Pad". Group Show.

Salon IV. Solo Show. "Glimpses: Prints and Studies".

The Market Gallery. Group Show: "The Get Down Town Show". 

Salon III. Solo Show: "riffs".


Don O'Melveny Gallery. Group Show: "A Week in December".

Don O'Melveny Gallery. Group Show: "Marilyn's Bedroom".

Don O'Melveny Gallery. Solo Show: "home and away".


Don O'Melveny Gallery. Group Show: "Group Show".

Salon II. Solo Show: "The Now Paintings".


Salon I. Solo Show: "New Paintings".


The Meadows Gallery. Group Show: "Dues".

Kantor Gallery. Group Show: "The Real Thing" with Keith Haring.

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