Marius Els is a London based photographer and photo artist. His creative career started at a young age when he commenced training in classical ballet at the age of 6 and then continued dancing professionally, dancing many soloist and principle roles from the classical and new classical repertoires. After retiring as principal dancer from London City Ballet, he started exploring a new creative outlet away from the theatre in photography and New Media Art. Also known as Photo Art, he expresses his creativity in a surreal and theatrical way, using his experience and influence from when he was a classical ballet dancer to create imaginative photo illustrations with poignant story telling.
Marius says: ‘A huge part of what inspires and drives me is researching artists and subjects that interest me at the time. I believe that just about everything has been done before, but through an artist’s unique life experience and perceptions, combined with all the rich possibilities inherent in the new technology available to us, we can transform an old idea into something brand new.
One of my favourite pastimes is to take my camera and visit the galleries and museums of London, finding inspiration in the creativity, details, and craftsmanship of all the wonderful artists through the ages. The inspiration in these old buildings, sculptures, and paintings — it’s endless. And it doesn’t matter how many times I return, there is always something new to discover and explore.’ *
Marius is also an enthusiastic student of the renowned Photo Artistry courses by Sebastian Michaels and continues to learn and expand his knowledge in this digital art form, exploring new and exciting ways to express his creativity.
Pop-Up Exhibition: Black Lives Matter – London Lighthouse Gallery & Studio – curated by Sokari Higgwe – 19,20/09/2020
A Moment of Silence – Supporting Black Lives Matter online exhibition during Covid-19 – Curated by Marius Els – The Arts Project
The Art of caring 2020 – London – Curated by Alban Low – 01/05/2020 – 31/05/2020
Loudest Whispers Spin-off – Old Diorama Gallery, London – Curated by Peter Herbert – The Arts Project – 13/02/2020 – 08/03/2020
Loudest Whispers 2020 – Poetry, Prose and Plays – Curated by Peter Herbert – The Arts Project – 07/02/2020 – 09/04/2020
It’s Art Call 2019 – with The Cult House & Runaway Gallery – Curated by Netto – 20/11/2019 – 24/11/2019
Looking the other Way 2019 with London GPN – Curated by David Cook, Gaz and Geoff Titley – 29/10/2019 – 03/11/2019
Loudest Whispers 2019 with The Arts Project – Curated by Peter Herbert – 07/02/2020 – 09/04/2020
From the interview by Sebastian Michaels for Quill and Camera – 28 Sept 2019