Artist Spotlight + Inside The Artist Studio of Kevin Elder

“My artwork reflects New Orleans’ rich heritage of African and Caribbean cultures.” – Kevin Elder

Artists runs deep in Kevin Elder’s family. His father taught him from a young age different methods of creating art and it has stuck with him throughout his whole life. Keep reading to find out more about Kevin Elder and his vibrant Afro Caribbean collection!

Describe your art in three words. Vibrant, Authentic, Unique

Describe yourself in one word. Resilient

What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? The historical landscape of the city. What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work? I often reminisce my childhood in Old Algiers. I reflect on the people, the Mom & Pop Businesses and the culture in which I grew up.

Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece? I paint what I feel.

Where do you draw inspiration? Seeing various kinds of people in everyday life.

“Faces of Tribes” by Kevin Elder can be viewed in person at the Where Y’Art Gallery (1901 Royal St.) as part of The Art of Flavor: Part Two.

Who are your artistic influences or gurus? My father Thomas Elder, Mr. Larry Neville and Basquiat.

In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work? Funk, R&B, and Hip Hop

Where can we find you when you are not creating art? At work

What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year? I’m a morning person and July is my favorite time of the year.

What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact. I like to make songs and sing.

View Kevin Elder’s entire collection on his Artist Profile and stay tuned for more info about his upcoming projects!