Artists: Elmer Guevara & Robert Nehemiah
Media: Oil, Canvas, Wood, Tarp, Metal, and Cardboard
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Instagram: Elmer – @3lmski1
Instagram: Robert – @wookieewarrior
Robert didn’t always know he wanted to become an artist. His original plan was to become a firefighter but eventually chose the artistic route. Elmer had always known he wanted to become an artist. He used to live in LA and was surrounded with elder cousins that were involved with graffitiing walls. This project is the first time they have worked together.
Robert’s work was a lot more unconventional. He had paintings on metal, wood, and even cardboard. All of his paintings have dark tone backgrounds except his self portrait which has pink and black background. The paintings had the texture popping out a lot more since they weren’t on a normal used canvas.
Elmer’s paintings were on traditional canvases. All his paintings were of real people that he met in LA. His paintings had a lot of movement that I really enjoyed. He painted his paintings as if his people were moving. Also, he has a lot more scenery in the background in the paintings compared to Robert’s paintings.
Robert’s style of the paintings are a lot more traditional compared to Elmer’s pieces. Robert had painted his mother, grandmother, friend, and himself. He used different unconventional canvases for each painting. His reason behind that was because he wanted to be detached from materialism. All the of the materials were found of the streets. Once he chose the material, that was when he picked a subject for the painting.
Elmer’s paintings were on a lot more traditional canvases. He wanted to tell the story of these people that he met in LA through his paintings. He had abstract movements all throughout his paintings. In some certain ones, there were little 3D jeans sticking out of the paintings. Part of creating his artwork was using collages.
I really loved their art work combined. It gave a little kick to the gallery and I was very intrigued by that. I was very impressed by Robert because he used unconventional canvases. That is not something that is easy to work with however he pushed through the struggles and had an amazing outcome. It was great that they didn’t get caught up with the typical materialism. Also, I really enjoyed that they used real people with stories behind each of them. These two men are very talented people and I am excited to see what they come out with next.