For several years Damian Elwes has painted the studios of his favourite artists in Paris. Until 17 December, the Serena Morton gallery is exhibiting his new paintings of studios belonging to Matisse, Cezanne and Kahlo, revealing the working methods of these geniuses.
“These people were so visual that even the negative space has been thought about,” comments Elwes. His study of Matisse in the South of France unearthed the picturesque house in Collioure where the artist discovered Fauvism in 1905. To delve into the souls of Cezanne and Kahlo, Elwes recreated the original arrangement of furniture and atmosphere in their studios. To research how the buildings that were occupied by these artistic luminaries looked in their day, he scrutinised photographs and books, as well as their own paintings.
Further studios include Keith Haring and Damien Freud and each painting adopts the colours and methods redolent of the artist. The result is a vivid and enthralling collection, depicting the extraordinary minds of art's greatest masters.