With the month of love and all things freaky in full bloom, I decided to speak with erotic artist extraordinaire Elstabo and understand the inspiration behind his art work which ranges from mild to escandaloso.
Elstabo is a product of Brooklyn New York. Graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology his most recent publicized works can be found in “Aphrodisia: Art of the Female Form book” Aristata Publishing, The World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today” by Erotic Signature and his self published work titled “Elstabo’s Spanish Fly series” can be found on Blurb.com.
A true multifaceted artist, in addition to painting Elstabo, also has a gift for illustration and photography. His corporate work includes a slew of logos, CD covers and even children’s clothing, but nothing can quench his passion for erotic art.
I have been painting for about 10 years now, but I have been a freelance illustrator for 17 years. I have gotten into paintings just as I went to college. It was in art school that really pushed my skills forward and blossomed in that medium.
I can’t help but noticed that you do a lot of erotic pieces. Would you say that the female form is your muse?
Erotic Art is one of my favorite themes to work in. It gives me the freedom to express and share my desires without having to explain or make apologies for it. The female form is GOD’s very own master piece. I truly believe that the female figure represents life, pleasure and balance to humanity…um yes I would say she is my muse.
What do you hope the viewer will take away from your paintings?
If I can invoke the sense of mystery and desire from my work then I have accomplished my goal to the viewer. I would like for people to look past the initial shock and wonder of seeing an attractive naked woman and delve into the inspiratio n behind it, how it came about and the themes present in the piece.
Please explain your creative process and inspiration.
My process is very traditional, it starts with an idea that is tested and practiced visually through roughs. Depending on the working medium, be it traditional or technological, it can take any where from days to weeks. I like the challenge of coming up with ways to tell a story with my images, if not I would just have settled for a boring 9-5 along time ago and quit this crazy business. Plus, it helps that I have such beautiful and moving subjects to paint.
My influences tend to come very many different directions. Pop culture definitely is a big player in my work. Classical art. music, and movies all play their part in my work as well.
I’m sure a lot of people are interested in portriat work, what is your typical price range?
Half of my commission work tends to be of portrait work, the other half is commercial. Single portraits generally goes between $300 to $800 depending on size and schedule.