Joshua Elias

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Exclusion, 2014 Oil On Canvas 54" X 45" © Joshua Elias
ELEPHANTA CAVES, 2014 Oil On Canvas 54" X 45" © Joshua Elias
theEarth, theSpirit, and theBody, 2013 Oil On Linen 72" X 60" © Joshua Elias
Chasing Rabbis, 2008 Oil On Canvas 45" X 54" © artist Joshua Elias
Things That Matter, 2009 Oil On Linen 18" X 18" © Joshua Elias
Inception:Looming Twins, 2011 Oil On Linen 45" X 54" © artist Joshua Elias
Electromagnetism, 2011 Oil On Linen 63" X 54" © artist Joshua Elias
Threshold, 2011 Oil On Canvas 24" X 24" © artist Joshua Elias
FLOATING CITY II, 2015 Oil On Canvas/Panel 54" X 45" © Joshua Elias
Emerald City, 2014 Oil On Canvas 24" X 24" X 1.75 Inches © Joshua Elias
As Far As I Remember, 2012 Oil On Linen 63' X 54" © Joshua Elias
FLOATING CITY I, 2014 Oil On Canvas/Panel 54" X 45" © Joshua Elias
Even Dreams Can Be Cut Short, 2014 Oil On Canvas 54" X 42" X 1.75 Inches © 2014
Cowboy Demolition Oil On Canvas/Panel 48” X 48” © mimgallery
Electromagneticsm, 2012 Oil On Linen 63” X 54” © mimgallery
Admiring J 35 X 60
Abandoning the Nature of Consumption, 2016 Oil On Canvas/Panel 54" X 45" © Joshua Elias
Mister Cohen, 2017 Oil On Canvas 33" X 33" © Joshua Elias
Mrs Wolfe, 2017 Oil On Canvas 33" X 33" © Joshua Elias
Rock Light, 2017 Oil On Canvas 54" X 45" © Joshua Elias
Skin of the Sea, 2016 Oil On Canvas 24" X 24" © Joshua Elias
Quick Facts
Chicago Illinois
Birth year
Lives in
Los Angeles
Works in
Los Angeles
Representing galleries
Fathom Gallery Los Angeles
writings contemporary, painting, modern


Artist statement

Painting can illuminate stillness. It can rectify the impossible. Defy gravity where heavy forms appear light like a feather and float rather than topple. It can raise the tone in the room and the room in your heart. It can stimulate thought and vision and solutions to the un-confrontable. It might even simply bring you joy. It can play tricks with the present and send you backwards forwards or any number of directions if you are not grounded.

Joshua Elias 2017




Joshua Elias (b. 1957 Chicago Illinois)  

A lyrical abstract artist, writer and poet Joshua Elias is known for works that contain recognizable figures and landscapes within his paintings.

Elias is an oil painter and a stickler for utilizing materials as a vehicle for a greater understanding of painting. He incorporates humor as a stint and abstraction as a vessel to hold an interior landscape of a higher world. Thematically his interests lay in the interstitial.

The artist has worked diligently on uncovering Spiritual locations that are recurring themes within his work.

A BFA at San Diego State University he continued his studies at Otis Parsons Los Angeles and at Design Art and Architecture School in Santa Monica.

Early on in his painting studies he privately apprenticed with historical classical technique painting master Sylvana Barrett, a consultant at the Getty Museum. Joshua Elias has received many honors including an Artist Residency at Fundacion Valaparaiso in Andalucia Spain, inclusions at the art collection at the RAND Corporation, artworks featured at Kohler Home for the Future, as well as numerous private and public commissions. In Feb 2017 a painting of his was purchased by President Gudni Th Johannensson, the President of Iceland.

Elias works daily at his art studio at the Brewery Arts Complex in Los Angeles.




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New Paintings Rock/Light Solo Show Fathom Gallery Los Angeles 11/12/16 thru 01/07/17 Downtown LA
Artists Writers Iceland Retreat Reykjavik
Transitional Reality Exhibition at Fullerton College 10/27/16 thru 11/30/16
Series of Works on Floating Cities works
Summer Solo exhibit Gallery MiM Culver City CA
Gallerie Sparta New Works Palm Springs CA
Solo exhibit at Silent_Gallery in Venice CA
Curating three exhibits for Laemmles ArtHouse in Los Angeles
Numinous painting featured in Bruce Weber Video/Ralph Lauren Campaign
Looming Twins painting featured in Terrence Malick film-
Knight of Cups/
Interviewed for new doc “The History of Cool”
Hancock Park House Commission completed & installed

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS : Long Beach Convention Center
“Kohler Home of the Future”    featured 3 Elias Paintings
RAND /Corporate Collection  Santa Monica
SUNDANCE Film Festival
Alive Exhibition Park City Utah
 Gallery Exhibits

Fathom Gallery Solo Exhibition Oct 2016
Los Angeles Ca
New Transitions Fullerton College:Oct 2016
Fullerton Ca
Gallery MiM:2015
‘Floating City’ Solo Exhibit- Culver City Ca
Solo Exhibit-Venice Ca
Group Exhibit-Century City Ca
Group Exhibition- West Hollywood Ca
DavidJones Gallery: 2012
Crosshairs: Liebe/Elias  Venice Ca
WalART: 2011
Sweet Show Los Angeles Ca
Group Exhibition
Brett Rubbico Gallery: 2011
Solo Exhibit-Newport Beach Ca
MA Hunt Gallery on State: 2010
Solo Exhibit – Santa Barbara Ca
DCA Fine Art : 2009
Solo Exhibit-Santa Monica Ca
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art: 2009
Provisional: Rejecting The Sleek and Manicured
Santa Ana  Ca
DCA Fine Art: 2008
Group Exhibit-Santa Monica Ca
MOCA: 2007
Fresh Show Summer Auction-Los Angeles Ca
Farmani Gallery: 2006
Solo Exhibit- Beverly Hills Ca
VICEROY project: 2006
Santa Monica Commission
Epoxy Box Gallery: 2006
Two Man show- Venice Ca
Livre Artists’ Book Show: 2006
Chartes, France
Gallery C: 2005
Group Exhibit  Los Angeles Ca
AnD Lab Gallery:  2005
Hopkins/Elias  Los Angeles Ca
Urban Canvas: 2005
Group Exhibit   Venice Ca
Red House Gallery: 2005
The Red Show-Venice Ca
Gallery C: 2005
the 21 Show- Hermosa B  Los Angeles Ca
Art Concept: 2003
New Works Solo  Santa Monica Ca
Brewery Art Walk Exhibits: 2003-2008
Los Angeles Ca
LACMA: Made in California: 2004
Mail Art Xchange  Los Angeles Ca
Patricia Correia: 2004
Juried Exhibition Santa Monica
Hunter Drohojowska-Philp Juror
Lendrum Fine Art: 2004
Group Show Los Angeles Ca
Enclave Gallery: 2004
Group exhibit Los Angeles Ca
Selected Commissions & Collections
Annenberg Residence Santa Monica CA
RAND Corporation Santa Monica CA
Killefer Flammang Architects Santa Monica CA

Arlook Residence Sherman Oaks CA
Coolman/Rosenberg Residence Dobbs Ferry NY
Napoliello Residence Palos Verdes CA
Gale Residence Hancock Park CA
Pinto Residence Del Mar CA
Kelly Merryman Los Angeles CA

Community of Angels Project Los Angeles CA
Maison 140 Beverly Hills CA
Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills CA
The Viceroy Hotel Santa Monica CA
Viceroy Palm Springs CA


Selected Press
Featured in Documentary:  “The History of Cool” 2014
Artillery Magazine Nov 2014
Huffington Post Review Jan ‘11
Artscene Review Dec ‘10
California Home & Design
Access Hollywood
LA Times feature story
New York Times Featured Painting
Interior Design Magazine
Los Angeles Times
LA Downtown News
Angeleno Magazine featured article

Modern Glamour .Regan Books . -Kelly Wearstler
Repositioning Weather  -Dr Tracy Biga MacLean
Everything I know about Art -Michael Napoliello
The Nature of Color – Gloria Janoff
Celebrities4Charity – Riverside
Pharmaka Art Auction-Los Angeles
Long Beach Museum of Art
Our House Foundation
Centre Theatre – Mark Taper
Shelter Foundation
Surfrider Foundation
S.R.O. Housing
Art Performance
ERATO: 2005
Live painting
With 24 piece orchestra
Kodak Center Hollywood
Art Share/Fussfactory: 2006
“The Story of Glass”  Los Angeles
“Earthworks”: 2008
Copper Canyon College
Design, Art, and Architecture, SMC
Sylvana Barrett  Getty  Consultant /Historical Techniques
Otis School of Design- MFA Studio Art 1990
Santa Monica City College
B.F.A. San Diego State University 1983
Seminars/ Participants/Moderated (selected)
Iceland Writers Retreat April 2016
CalArts CHANCE Conference California Nevada border
Jean Baudrillard
Claremont Colleges, Intermedia Studies
Elias Speech “ the Living Artist “
Cal State LA – Critical Thinking/Creative Thinking in Business
Elias Speech “ Getting Comfortable with Mystery”
Media Ecology Soul Salon Archival Interview, The State of Art


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