At the core of my work (especially my larger works) are desert landscapes, the ancient world (particularly Ancient Rome), ornament and abstraction. From 1997 to 2011 Arabic ornament and architectural elements (as well as the desert landscape) represented the core focus of my art. Desert landscapes remain but Arabic art had been superseded by the armour, weaponry, ornament, architectural elements and sculpture of Ancient Rome.
Within my (usually) larger Roman/landscape paintings I aim to evoke a sense of the hidden narrative, the epic, the surreal, the ornamental, the archaic as well as beauty. Recent additions to this of subject matter are portraiture and the human figure.
Since 2013 (and largely explored in small to medium canvases) I have explored a varied range of subject matter. These include abstraction, silhouettes, the Gothic, space and depictions of film scenes.
Accompanying my painting has been drawing which, since 2009 I have produced much more of and whose subject matter mirrors that within my paintings.
I have been exhibiting my work throughout Gippsland‚ Melbourne and Ballarat since 1998 and have entered (and continue to do so) many art prizes.
St.Anne’s & Gippsland Grammar School 1983 - 1995East Gippsland Institute of TAFE‚ Fulham Campus.One term in Drawing 1 (Associate Diploma of Arts-Studio Textiles) 1995 Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts). Monash University‚ Gippsland Campus. Graduated May 8th‚ 1999Received Membership into the Golden Key National Honour Society 1999Graduate Diploma of Arts (Visual Arts). Monash University‚ Gippsland Campus. Graduated 14th Oct.‚ 2000Masters of Arts (By Research). Monash University‚ Gippsland Campus.Thesis title: A Studio Investigation: Approaching the sublime through the musical‚ the exotic and “the perfect”. Graduated 15th March‚ 2003Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary). Monash University‚ Gippsland Campus. Graduated in absentia‚ 2005
Solo Exhibitions2016 Rome Reimagined‚ Brunswick Street Gallery‚ Melbourne.2013 Rome-Desert-Ornament‚ West Gippsland Arts Centre‚ Warragul.2012 Seas of Time‚ LaTrobe Regional Gallery‚ Morwell. 2008 Across Time‚ The Highway Gallery‚ Melbourne.2007 The Heart’s Frontiers‚ LaTrobe Regional Gallery‚ Morwell.2004 Infinite Echoes‚ 69 Smith Street‚ Melbourne.2003 Resonances‚ LaTrobe Regional Gallery‚ Morwell.2002 Masters Examination‚ Switchback Gallery‚ Monash University‚ Gippsland Campus‚ Churchill.2001 Neo-Orientalism Middle Eastern Visions‚ Gammaspace‚ Melbourne.Group Exhibitions2017 'Drawing 2017' , Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne.2017 'Painting 2017', Brunswick Street Galllery, Melbourne.2016 'Count Your Blessings', Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne.2016 'Drawing 2016', Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne.2015 'Read What You're Looking At', Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne.2015 'Colours of Melbourne'‚ Demian Gibbins Gallery space‚ Waterfront Gallery‚ Melbourne.2015 'Small Works'‚ The Old Bar‚ Melbourne.2015 'Drawing 2015'‚ Brunswick Street Gallery‚ Melbourne.2015 'ABODE' (Phollio)‚ The Attic Gallery‚ Melbourne.2014 'Painting 2014'‚ Brunswick Street Gallery‚ Melbourne.2013 Bluethumb 'Pop Up' exhibitions‚ Adelaide.2009 Synthesis‚ Walker Street Gallery‚ Dandenong.2000 McIvor Lu Elkington‚ Cowawarr Art Space‚ Cowwarr.1999 EXHIBITIONISM: An exhibition of works by emerging artists in support of UNICEF‚ Lounge‚ Melbourne.1998 IMPACT: Art for a world identity‚ Monash University Gallery‚ Clayton Campus.1998 Final Year Students‚ Switchback Gallery‚ Monash University Gallery‚ Gippsland Campus.1998 Flow‚ LaTrobe Regional Gallery‚ Morwell.1997 Collected Visions‚ canteen space‚ Monash University‚ Gippsland Campus.Joint/Paired Exhibitions2009 Hidden Narratives (with Janine Good)‚ Kingston Arts Centre‚ Melbourne.Prizes Entered/Won 2017-18 Herald Sun Camberwell Rotary Art Show, Melbourne.2017 Rotary Club of Warragul Art Show, Warragul.2017 Herald Sun Camberwell Rotary Art Show, Melbourne.2016 40 x 40, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne. - Honourable Mention. 2016 Rotary Club of Warragul Annual Art Show, Warragul.2016 Mirboo North Annual Art Show, Mirboo North - Winner: Best Exhibit.2015 40 x 40, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne.2015 End of Year Art Competition, 69 Smith Street, Melbourne.2015 Herald Sun Camberwell Rotary Art Show‚ Melbourne.2014 arc Yinnar Drawing Prize‚ Yinnar.2014 Warragul Rotary Art Prize‚ Warragul.2014 Small Works Prize‚ Brunswick Street Gallery‚ Melbourne.2014 Mirboo North Annual Art Show‚ Mirboo North.2014 The Flanagan Art Prize‚ St.Patrick's College‚ Ballarat.2014 Herald Sun Camberwell Rotary Art Show‚ Melbourne.2013 '40 x 40'‚ Brunswick Street Gallery‚ Melbourne.2013 Tyers Art Show‚ Tyers.2013 Rotary Club of Leongatha Art & Photography Prize‚ Leongatha. (Highly Commended)2013 Rotary Club of Warragul Art Show (Highly Commended)2013 Hobsons Bay Art Show‚ Melbourne.2013 Bayside Art Show‚ Melbourne.2013 Small Works Prize‚ Brunswick Street Gallery‚ Melbourne.2013 Herald Sun Camberwell Rotary Art Show‚ Melbourne.2012 Rotary Club of Warragul Annual Art Show‚ Warragul.2012 The Flanagan Art Exhibition‚ St Patrick’s College‚ Ballarat.2012 Mirboo North Annual Art Show‚ Mirboo North.2011 100 Years Art On The Hill‚ Warragul. Winner: First Prize (Open Award - acquisitive)2011 Agendo 2011‚ Melbourne.2011 Small Works Prize‚ Brunswick Street Gallery‚ Melbourne.2011 Mirboo North Annual Art Show Winner: Best Exhibit Winner: Best Work in Oils2011 Herald Sun Camberwell Rotary Art Show‚ Melbourne2010 Inaugural Traralgon Apex Art Exhibition Winner: Two-Dimensional Award2010 Herald Sun Camberwell Rotary Art Show‚ Melbourne2009 Herald Sun Camberwell Rotary Art Show‚ Melbourne Winner: Best Australian Landscape (acquisitive prize)2008 The 2008 John Leslie Art Prize‚ Gippsland Art Gallery‚ Sale.2008 6degree Art Prize‚ Frankston Arts Centre‚ Melbourne.2008 Herald Sun Camberwell Rotary Art Show‚ Melbourne.2005 Herald Sun Camberwell Rotary Art Show‚ Melbourne.2004 The 2004 John Leslie Art Prize‚ Gippsland Art Gallery‚ Sale.2003 Tyers Art Show‚ Tyers.2000-05 Mirboo North Annual Art Show 2005 Winner: Best Work in Acrylic or Oil. 2003 Winner: Best Work in Acrylic or Oil. 2000 Winner: Best Work in Pastel of Drawing.2000 The Victorian Campus Art Prize & Exhibition‚ George Paton Gallery‚ Melbourne.1999 Tyers Art Show‚ Tyers.Work exhibited at the followingMarch 2015: Golden Plains Arts Trail‚ Golden Plains Shire (near Ballarat)March 2014: Golden Plains Arts Trail‚ Golden Plains Shire (near Ballarat)November 2013: "Reactivate: Latrobe Valley Spring Festival‚ Morwell.March 2012: Golden Plains Arts Trail‚ Golden Plains Shire (near Ballarat)October 2002 - current: Town & Country Gallery‚ Yarragon.November 2010 - June 2012: Thistledown Gallery‚ Traralgon.April 2011: Golden Plains Arts Trail‚ Golden Plains Shire (near Ballarat)November - December 2000: Gippsland Water Board office‚ Traralgon.February 2003 - May 2004: Australian Wildlife Gallery‚ Munro.August 2004 - March 2006: Asti & Gold (Sahara Bar)‚ Melbourne.Nov. 2004 - October 2005: 4cats Gallery stockroom‚ Melbourne.January - November 2006: Impressions gallery‚ Traralgon.CollectionsPrivate collections throughout Australia
ArticlesLatrobe City website. “News Releases”. 15/09/2007“A brush with Arabia”‚ 2008 (Kingston‚ Melbourne)“Abstract mixture on show”‚ The Leader newspaper‚ May 13 2008.Kingston Your City (Official journal of the City of Kingston‚ Melbourne)‚ “Hidden Narratives”‚ October 2008.City of Greater Dandenong‚ “Synthesis” - Various Artists‚ September 2009Mirboo North Times‚ Volume 16‚ No.16‚ Wednesday‚ 11th May‚ 2011‚ “Out and About”.'Phollio Ed.1' (book) 'Phollio Ed.2'.(a series of books designed to promote emerging artists and designers).www.jeremyelkington.weebly.comfacebook
Ancient Rome‚ Islamic/Arabic art and architecture‚ arms and armour of the Roman Army‚ Jean-Leon Gerome‚ Tim Storrier‚ Middle Eastern desert landscapes‚ Alessandro Bavari‚ music‚ Ancient Egypt‚ Kris Kuksi‚ Ancient Greece‚ Jacques Louis David‚ ornament and patterns‚ Alex Grey‚ Giovanni Piranesi‚ Lawrence Alma Tadema‚ Lionel Royer‚ Henri Motte‚ Dan Hillier‚ Jorden Haley, Francis Bacon, Cecily Brown, Adrian Ghenie, Florian Eymann, Daniel Maczynski.