My artwork reflects New Orleans’ rich Heritage of African and Caribbean cultures. I began K. Elder Art, LLC through the inspiration and artistic influence of my father. As a child, I watched my father use various mediums to create intricate visual art. Because of his unique ability, it taught me how to take risks in artistic self-expression. My artistic technique and process includes the use of acrylic paint on canvas or rag paper. My signature lines create unique images depicting the essence of the human spirit. Faces fascinate me, and this is reflected in my pieces. Some pieces may resemble your characteristics, while others are more abstract. I use vivid colors to depict each piece's unique message.
Artist + Kevin Elder
Describe your art in three words. Vibrant, Authentic, Unique
Describe yourself in one word. Resilient
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? The historical landscape of the city. What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
I often reminisce my childhood in Old Algiers. I reflect on the people, the Mom & Pop Businesses and the culture in which I grew up.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
I paint what I feel.
Where do you draw inspiration?
Seeing various kinds of people in everyday life.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
My father Thomas Elder, Mr. Larry Neville and Basquiat.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work? Funk, R&B, and Hip Hop
Where can we find you when you are not creating art? At work
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year? I'm a morning person and July is my favorite time of the year.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact. I like to make songs and sing.
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