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In this, his first retrospective at Pop International Galleries, Arno's “The Lost Series” features an ensemble of works that is a testament to the talent and finesse that this remarkable artist possesses. The works are not only individual windows through which to experience other cultures, colors, and vibrations, but also serve as important reminders of the fragility of the beautiful world we all share, and which we collectively need to protect.
The series is a distillation of Arno Elias’ mixed-media techniques and the powerful images he captures during his solo photographic tours of the world.
A lifetime of music and art set Arno on his journey to document our world – his quest beginning in India in 2011. He presents hand-painted photography as a means of engaging philosophy, questions of culture, history, nature and humankind, all inspired by his diverse experiences and extensive travels across the various continents. Through this collection, Arno wishes to express, celebrate and help maintain the cultural originality and recognition of those fragile indigenous values potentially to be “lost” in the wake of globalization and industrialization, as well as raise awareness about threatened animal species.
From the faces of the Mursi people of Ethiopia (or Mun as they refer to themselves), to the endangered animals in Kenya’s savannah and elsewhere, Arno's subjects capture spontaneously and serendipitously the fragility of our great human experience. His images are replete with fine detail and rich tonality, resonating with a sense of nostalgia and compelling emotion. Hand embellishing his photographs to build a sense of connection to his subjects, Elias creates multiple layers of narratives that rigorously investigate the most fundamental and intrinsic aspects of the human experience, nature and culture.
He also applies "his own language and alphabet", seen as different codes throughout his work, using a spectrum of colors and shapes. Every creation in this series becomes its’ own special mixed-media photographic painting. Arno Elias has a tangible understanding of composition and balance that is mesmerizing and challenging at the same time. He hopes to immortalize the spirit of the people, animals, and landscapes he encounters through his photography and art.
Arno Elias was born in Paris, France. He is also a talented musician, and is known for his compositions of the globally renowned Buddha Bar music. Through his involvement with UNICEF, Arno composed the music for their worldwide campaign with Latin recording artist, Shakira and is the only artist in the history of Buddha Bar to have composed and produced the first original Buddha Bar album titled, Buddha Bar Nature. Buddha Bar has sold millions of his albums worldwide.
Arno has shown his work all over the world and has been featured and reviewed in The New York Times, PBS Television, U.S.A Today, NBC, The Miami Herald, Miami Magazine, Florida International, Haute Living and The Chicago Tribune. He has also been featured in art fairs throughout North America including Scope Miami, Art Chicago, ART MIAMI, as well as Art Basel. Arno Elias was also chosen by Brigitte Bardot to compose special music for her Animal Rights Brigitte Bardot Foundation which was created to help protect animals from abuse.
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POP International Galleries is a unique art gallery in New York City, located on West Broadway in the heart of SoHo. Founded in 1997 by Jeff Jaffe, POP International Galleries specializes in Pop Art, Street and Urban Art, sculpture, photography, and art that is derived from, or influenced by popular culture. With an impressive roster of highly regarded artists, both emerging and famed, Pop International Galleries is a great source for all collectors and art admirers. POP also believes that an educational component is vital to collectors and the community at large. Events at the gallery often include guest lectures and discussions, screenings and slide shows as well as charitable tie-ins, making POP International Galleries very much a part of the community at large. For more information visit www.popinternational.com, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
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