Bio Elijah Andrus is a representational artist and art educator living in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. Originally from Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, Eli earned his B.S. Ed. in Art Education from Millersville University and an M.S.Ed. from Wilkes University. He has exhibited his work in solo, group, and juried shows throughout Pennsylvania and has numerous pieces in private collections. Over the past decade, he has taught in two outstanding school districts and a world-class art museum. He has had the privilege of being a guest speaker and panelist for the art department at Penn State University. Additionally, he has worked for the Philadelphia Museum of Art as a consultant, guest presenter, and teaching artist.
Artist Statement My art is born of a need to aesthetically respond to the world and the human condition. My paintings and drawings function much like free form poems or essays circling around a central theme. Some bodies of work are developed as a unified series, while others fit loosely into thematic or conceptual groupings. Through my work, I seek to explore concepts of psychology, history, spirituality, and symbolism. I find myself drawn to subjects for their formal and conceptual potential. My hope is to provide viewers with a contemplative experience.