Jaime Elimelech’s meditative oil paintings infuse simplicity with hidden energy. Elimelech paints graphic shapes that are placed in the space as bodies would be in a figural study—they do not align in patterns or fill the canvas, but rather appear as individuals, each with its own idiosyncratic sighting and relationship. The palette alternates between vibrant colors and studies in black and white. Isolated within the composition, shapes seem poised to spring to life.
Elimelech has been a student of painting and Chinese calligraphy, and the expertise in brush control is evident in his work. He paints on both canvas and linen with utter precision and layers color on in smooth fields. His lines are so even that they appear almost machine-made. When he does choose to make his brushstroke known, it is a measured and luxurious specimen, perfectly placed to convey their materiality and direction.
Elimelech was born in Santiago, Chile and today splits his time between his native city and the town of Marbella. He has exhibited all over the world, including in Japan, Norway, and France.