Mike Elam, City Arts Salon lively figurative show online soon

City Arts Salon
We at the City Arts Salon were looking forward to showing the new works of artist Mikel Elam at our season opener. Unfortunately this will not happen in the way we expected, due to the state of affairs locally and around the world. But Mikel’s work is hung and we are very excited to have it hanging in the studio. We are now planning to do a virtual showing of all the artists who were scheduled to exhibit on April 3rd, 2020. Stay tuned…

Mikel Elam is a visual artist working primarily as a painter. His work focuses on storytelling through memory and dreams using the fragments of face and figure to convey information and ideals about world culture.

Mikel attended the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts/Painting. He went on to study at School of the Visual Arts in New York City. Mikel’s work has been featured in international publications and media. He also worked as an traveling assistant to Jazz musician Miles Davis. He also assisted Mr. Davis in achieving his visual arts aspirations as a painter.



No doubt, mostly everyone is aware of the changing times. It seems to both reflect events in the now with a blending of past history. We thought we were moving forward to only find our paths back to former atrocities.

We are wired, droned, profiled and accessed in a culture marginalized on great wealth, sex and power.

My images are from an imaginary world which reflects and contrasts real world ideals. This dimension we coexists within is both beautiful in nature and horrific in occurrences.Hundreds of years millions of events passed on from generation to generation. Wreaking havoc on mind body and spirit.

We are a multicultural society. Everyone’s origins are key elements to the balance of nature. We are all important and relevant. In art there is also an imbalance of images. The time has come to acknowledge art as culturally rich in its diversity.

With enlightenment, positivity and effort we can rise. This is the realm in which my work inhabits.
Mike Elam
Apr 4, 2020

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