"Jeff Koons' Studio" gouache on board, 19 x 19 in, 2015 Damian Elwes
       
     
"Ai Wei Wei's Studio," gouache on board, 18 x 23 in, 2015, Damian Elwes
       
     
"Peter Doig's Studio," gouache on board, 17 x 23 in, 2014, Damian Elwes
       
     
"Lucian Freud's Studio," gouache on board, 19 x 23 in, 2014, Damian Elwes
       
     
"Calder's Kitchen," gouache on board, 19 x 19 in, 2014, Damian Elwes
       
     
"Salvador Dali's Studio," gouache on board, 17 x 23 in, Damian Elwes
       
     
"Warhol's Factory," acrylic on canvas, 62 x 72 in, Damian Elwes
       
     
"Giacometti's Studio," gouache on board, 19 x 19 in, Damian Elwes
       
     
"Magritte's Studio", mixed media on canvas, 58 x 66 in, 2014, Damian Elwes
       
     
"Jeff Koons' Studio" gouache on board, 19 x 19 in, 2015 Damian Elwes
       
     
"Jeff Koons' Studio" gouache on board, 19 x 19 in, 2015 Damian Elwes
"Ai Wei Wei's Studio," gouache on board, 18 x 23 in, 2015, Damian Elwes
       
     
"Ai Wei Wei's Studio," gouache on board, 18 x 23 in, 2015, Damian Elwes

In 2008, Ai Wei Wei created "Bubble" in his immense Beijing studio. The light in the studio is reflected in each of the blue ceramic sculptures. In the background, one can see a wooden sphere which is based on a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci called "Divine Proportions." 

"Peter Doig's Studio," gouache on board, 17 x 23 in, 2014, Damian Elwes
       
     
"Peter Doig's Studio," gouache on board, 17 x 23 in, 2014, Damian Elwes
"Lucian Freud's Studio," gouache on board, 19 x 23 in, 2014, Damian Elwes
       
     
"Lucian Freud's Studio," gouache on board, 19 x 23 in, 2014, Damian Elwes
"Calder's Kitchen," gouache on board, 19 x 19 in, 2014, Damian Elwes
       
     
"Calder's Kitchen," gouache on board, 19 x 19 in, 2014, Damian Elwes
"Salvador Dali's Studio," gouache on board, 17 x 23 in, Damian Elwes
       
     
"Salvador Dali's Studio," gouache on board, 17 x 23 in, Damian Elwes

I spent a day in Dali's Cadaques studio beginning this painting. After finishing the two walls, I went up to the roof and completed the landscape that had been partially visible through the two windows. The idea was inspired by an artwork in which Dali floated Velasquez's "Las Meninas" studio in the clouds.

"Warhol's Factory," acrylic on canvas, 62 x 72 in, Damian Elwes
       
     
"Warhol's Factory," acrylic on canvas, 62 x 72 in, Damian Elwes

I was lucky enough to know Andy Warhol and always imagined that I would one day make a painting of his studio.

"Giacometti's Studio," gouache on board, 19 x 19 in, Damian Elwes
       
     
"Giacometti's Studio," gouache on board, 19 x 19 in, Damian Elwes
"Magritte's Studio", mixed media on canvas, 58 x 66 in, 2014, Damian Elwes
       
     
"Magritte's Studio", mixed media on canvas, 58 x 66 in, 2014, Damian Elwes

Despite his success, the painting activities of René Magritte were confined to a small corner of his living room in Belgium. Meanwhile, his paintings were always reaching out beyond the bounds of reality. He often painted an imaginary ocean outside this urban window. In "Personal Values" (1952), he filled the next door room with out-sized versions of his possessions.