Paul Elia is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, where he began integrating Drawing and Painting with Digital Media.
In 2007, Elia moved back to his hometown of Hamilton and began creating his large format cityscapes. Each piece by Elia composed of a string of photographs digitally stitched together. The collected images provide a template that is digitally painted or “rotoscoped” for a stark illustration of a cohesive scene. Elia states:
“Empty factories loom over century-old row houses. Victorian brick homes line leafy streets with smokestacks peeking through in the distance. It can be beautiful and ugly all at the same time. I call this feeling ‘post-industrial tension’.”
He has exhibited work in various notable galleries all over Southern Ontario, and his works can be seen all over the City of Hamilton.
Elia has his own gallery at Paul Elia Gallery on Cannon Street East in Hamilton, Ontario.