Central Flea Vendor Profile - Eli Portman

Eli Portman was born and raised in the Greater Boston area. He graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton with a Bachelors Degree in studio art in the spring of 2014.

Primarily focusing on drawing, Portman also experimented with oil painting and woodblock printmaking during his time at University.  He has since returned to the Boston area, where he currently lives, and teaches art to children and adults. His Artwork has been hung in galleries, shops and cafes throughout the Greater Boston Area. Portman has also been hired for murals, private commissions, illustrations and more. He currently sells his work daily from his storefront in the 'Out of the Blue Gallery' collective in Cambridge.

Artist's Statement:
In an era where so many new things are being created and built, people forget the things that are no longer shiny and chrome. The structures that are held up by nothing more than some loose strands and faith. The objects covered in grime and the dust of disuse. Shattered windows, rusted girders, cracked bricks. The very things that we ignore, the things that we cast aside, I find the most beautiful. In my drawings, I show these things in the way that I see them. With wonder and amazement. When you look at my drawings, I suggest that you think about the things in this world that were once exciting, new and expensive, and which time has reduced to almost nothing.  Those are the monuments of our society that to me, mean everything.

Current  Showings:
-Harvard Square JP Licks, 1312 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
-reen Side Up Gallery, 202 Harvard Avenue, Allston, MA
-1369 Coffee House, 757 Mass Ave, Central Sq. Cambridge
-North Eastern Crossing, 1175 Tremont St, Roxbury, MA--Until end of July

Website: http://eliportman.weebly.com/