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lucas elmer

My work is influenced by romantic lifestyles of today and a bygone era. I draw on imagery from nautical folklore of antiquity or from Classic American iconography. Fishing, surfing and sailing, have instilled in me a deep appreciation for the ocean and all that revolves in and around this environment.  I travel with these tools simply to gain perspective through raw experience. These experiences are projected throughout my prints and sculptures. I render the ocean with a stylized interpretation that is both honest and glorified simultaneously.

I utilize old-world techniques to honor the once abundance of craftsmanship where there is now an excess of disposable goods. Working in traditional media such as Bronze, Lithography, and Woodcuts allows me to create multiple originals as opposed to synthetic recreations. I reclaim discarded raw materials such as wood, metal, or paper giving these items purpose once again. With my art, I aim to perpetuate a public appreciation for such practices and further their integral role in our society.

Lucas Elmer is a California-based artist originally from Los Angeles now living in Santa Cruz, CA. After receiving his BA from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2011 he continues to work and make work there in the Foundry, Woodshop and Print Studio as a Staff Research Associate. In 2016 Lucas began commercial Salmon fishing in Bristol Bay, Alaska for the Summer Sockeye season and thus began a second chapter to his career and lifelong pursuit of adventure.  

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