DAILY ARCHIVE: Jon Eland

Mon 05 Oct

The 2015 Louisville Photo Biennial is bringing many artists from other countries to Louisville, many for the first time. But Jon Eland is no stranger to Louisville. He has visited several times in the past and counts many local artists and collectors as friends. It also makes him mindful of the recent controversies surrounding marriage equality in which Kentucky has been placed in the spotlight.

In his ongoing series, Veiled, Eland explores the multiple aspects of identity for gay men, and the connotations of courtship, matrimony and spiritual ritual that we discover in these images cannot help but speak to these current concerns, which have taken on international significance. And when intimations of mortality enter into the mix of themes, it only reinforces one of the most common precepts of marriage – the desire for a life-long commitment; till death us do part.

Eland’s pictorial quality has the rich, deep quality of painting, with a subtle and sculptural use of light, and the striking graphic quality of his human subjects: clipped facial hair and bold tattoos showing through the translucent fabrics, establish a powerful contrast in merging visual components.

Veiled, at The Tim Faulkner Gallery, September 25 – November 7. Part of the 2015 Louisville Photo Biennial.

More Information:

Website:
http://www.strawbleu.co.uk/

Gallery Representative:
East Street Arts

Featured Artwork

Jon Eland
Veiled 1

digital print on archival paper, contact for size, 2015

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$600

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Veiled 2

digital print on archival paper, contact for size, 2015.

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$600

At a Glance:

Name: Jon Eland

Hometown: Leeds, England

Website: http://www.strawbleu.co.uk/

Gallery Representative:
East Street Arts