This October, the Downtown Art Walk is pleased to showcase the work of Yuri Elvin. Inspired at a young age by adult themes found in comics and magazines, Yuri creates bold paintings with fierce paint strokes. He hopes to open people’s minds to the possibility that through art, we can bring intentions into being. “If you want love, draw love. If you want peace, draw peace.” Taking place from 6 to 10pm at the Downtown Art Walk Lounge, located at 634 S. Spring Street, this exhibition will excite all the senses and allow viewers a peek into the vibrant, unfiltered mind of one of DTLA’s most active creators.
Participating galleries for this month’s Downtown Art Walk event include: MB Abram Gallery, Avenue des Arts Gallery, The Main Museum, The Fine Arts Building, Ren Gallery, Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts Gallery, The Hive, The Spring Arts Collective, Little Tokyo Art Complex, El Playground Gallery, These Days, and Lobby Gallery.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Los Angeles based-artist Yuri Elvin has been drawing and painting since the age of three. Born to artists Steve Elvin and Ana Victorson, his liberal upbringing meant that he was exposed at an early age to mature materials such as Rip Off Press Comics, Heavy Metal Magazine, and other publications and films related to sex, science fiction and mysticism. After completing both his B.A. in film studies at the University of California Santa Barbara and a M.F.A from American Film Institute, Elvin began working at a job that he described as” completely void of all artistic creation”. This decision, however, came to a head nearly fifteen years later when Elvin decided to walk away from his job in Hollywood and pursue a career in art. Now, in 2017, Yuri Elvin’s art has made its way into several television shows, movies, and commercials, as well as the homes of major collectors and art enthusiasts.
Yuri has since found that, without art, his life has no direction and that in order to survive he must satisfy what he describes as an “almost overwhelming, compulsory, need to create”. His art, which he refers to as a powerful mistress demanding of both his energy and time, must be done in a private setting, void of social filters, so that he may express himself wholly and “not offend anyone within earshot”. Seclusion is, therefore, key to understanding Yuri’s work and what he is able to manifest through his works of art. “There is no such thing as lost time”, he states. “Every moment of our lives, whether we are making art or not, is a part of the creative process.” | MORE
ABOUT THE DOWNTOWN ART WALK
The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk takes place on the second Thursday of each month, attracting over 12,000 attendees to the Historic Core. For 13 years, Art Walk remains the premier self-guided public art phenomenon in Downtown Los Angeles, bringing together art lovers, community members, and repeat visitors who collect art, dine, and shop at local businesses.