The Art Works classroom and gallery on Washington was the scene on Saturday August 25 for an opening that may well be the first of many for Elijah Solow-Ohashi. The artist is only 11, but has ideas and technique that seem as if he has already mastered much.
“War<Art was created as a statement. Last year I began the work for this show, Art Over War, with the piece, War < Art (War is Less than Art). I continued throughout the year with this theme in mind, creating more pieces that reflect this belief. ”
The gallery was filled with more than 20 paintings, some of which reflected directly on the images of war, and many of which touched on the supports; ideas like weapons, politicians and bombs were all represented.
“Crayons, paints, pencils and pens have been in my hands since I can remember,” said Solow-Ohashi “when they’re in my hands, it feels as if I’m making music on paper, and in the end, the symphony comes together. ”
“I think art has the power to change the way people think. When war is over, art remains… and will be ever present. “