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Gary Eleinko

What Would Carl Say | 29.5″ x 20″ | Watercolor/collage on paper | 2019/20

Artist Statement

My work consists of painted constructions, works on paper, collages, watercolor and encaustic. Themes evolving over the years have elements of abstraction and geometric imagery, often combined with realistic imagery.
References appear with subject matter that alludes to the botannical and environmental; erotic; topical, historical, and regional events; the sciences and geography; often combined in different configurations and combinations.
Recent works are a compilation and summary of my works and interests as an artist. One particular ongoing series deal with the natural elements of the periodic table, often with geo-political implications.
I’ve been active in the Detroit art scene since the 1970’s as an artist and on boards and committees of art organizations.
My BFA and MA degrees are in painting from Wayne State University. My work is represented in private and public collections, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Wayne State University, Henry Ford Health System, and the University of Michigan.

Artwork/s at the following locations:
Anton Art Center
Collected Detroit
Hatch Art

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About MR/QD

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is an art exhibition in June 2022 devoted to 77 years (1945-2022) of Detroit LGBTQ+ art 

The exhibition presents a month-long historical examination of the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and its longtime allies, featuring established & emerging Detroit artists, as well as artists whose careers were shortened by HIV/AIDS.

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to promoting positive and meaningful images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through artistic and intellectual means. © 2023. All Rights Reserved.