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Digital and Traditional Drawings by El Celso

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El Celso is a multidisciplinary artist who works in both Los Angeles and New York. The artist’s works range from performances to public installations to digital and traditional drawings.


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I’m really enjoying the recent two-dimensional works that El Celso has added to his portfolio website. The artist has been particularly prolific in digital media, creating series of both abstract artworks and portraiture. It’s quite interesting being able to see both different styles alongside each other. El Celso’s digital portraits are bright and vibrant, featuring oft-smiling faces, drawing in a slightly sketched style, on solid monochromatic backgrounds. By contrast, the artist’s abstractions are almost exclusively done in layers of earthy, flesh-toned hues, with apparently non-figurative shapes often tricking the viewer’s eye into seeing a face or a human silhouette.


The front page of El Celso's art websiteThe front page of El Celso's portfolio website


El Celso’s portfolio also features a series of paintings, many of which are figures laid onto plexiglass. The effect is reminiscent of the artist’s work with clear plastic bottles, which we looked at in our previous feature of his installations and interventions. 


A photograph of an artwork on plexiglassSupah-Stah, spray paint and marker on plexiglass

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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