Damian Elwes Paints Studios of Famous Artists

Every wondered where did famous artists like Pablo Picasso or Jean-Michel Basquiat created their works? One way to find out is to browse the internet in hopes there are some photographs available. Another is to check out the paintings by Damian Elwes.

Elwes is an American artist who paints studios of famous artists. Using archival footage and descriptions, he manages to create an authentic replica of an artist’s studio on canvas.

In each of Elwes’ works, you can see the artist’s personality and unique style reflected in the placement of art supplies, use of space, and their most famous pieces still resting in the studio.

The origins of Elwes’ fascination with art studios date back to the 1980s when he spent two years in Paris, France, and had an opportunity to spend a lot of time in art spaces. Years later, after making a decision to become a full-time artist, he leaned back on his experience in Paris to start painting spaces in which art was created.

His first painting showed Picasso’s studio in the Bateau-Lavoir building in Paris, and he has since painted all of the iconic artist’s studios as well as those of Yayoi Kusama, Frida Kahlo, Henri Matisse, and many others.

Continue scrolling to check out more of the works from Elwes below.