Ilaamen Pelshaw

Ilaamen Pelshaw is a Guatemalan artist based in the US, who creates colorful, warm, and happy art – just like her homeland.

How would you describe your style?

I have 3 main styles: Illustrative, Geometric, and Expressionist.

Do you specialize in anything specific?

Trying to bring happiness or enjoyment to the viewers. I often create surrealistic scenes with animals or interesting characters as protagonists.

What medium(s) do you work in?

Mainly acrylic and graphite but I like to incorporate ink, gouache and other mediums at times to compliment the work.

What got you started creating art?

My Grandfather who was a muralist and a painter.  I studied graphic design/illustration and worked as a commercial artist for more than a decade.  In 2015, after marrying and moving to the US, I was able to finally focus mainly on art.

How has your process evolved?

As a graphic designer and illustrator, I was focused on giving the client what they wanted – even if it wasn’t a style or medium that catered to my tastes or strengths. Since focusing more on an art career, I went from recreating the styles of other artists to finding my own unique take on the Illustrative, Geometric, and Expressionist styles, usually including a sprinkling of my ” happy interpretations” of pop surrealism. Through that process I learned I am still evolving and growing, and am loving discovering new layers and challenges that cause me to develop as an artist.

Do you have any accolades, awards, features, etc.?

2019 – Selected participation as part of the team for the Mayan Mural Project in Omaha NE

2018 – Selected as one of the ‘Latin American Illustration 7’ winners by AI-AP for my painting ‘FRIDA’

2018 – Featured in a Saatchi Art’s Collection

2018 – #3 Best emerging artist at ArtSlam18, event organized by FOA Omaha, NE

2016 – Awarded participation in The Old Market Art Project in Omaha Nebraska, (a collective exhibition) 

Do you have any professional training?

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design with a major in Illustration, and I have taken workshops and classes by professional artists since I was a kid.

Who/what are you influenced by?

I get inspiration by my Latin American Culture, the color of Guatemalan crafts, and also by the art world in general. I love to see art from all the different periods and styles.

"I am still evolving and growing, and am loving discovering new layers and challenges that cause me to develop as an artist."

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