Best Visual Artist (2009)

Steve Elkins

On his Facebook page, Elkins lists as one of his activities "drinking absurd amounts of coffee," which goes a long way toward explaining how he appears to be creating art of some kind or other 24/7. He drums for the band the Autumns, is finishing a documentary about avant-garde music, pens deliriously detailed travel diaries, writes prose poetry, is a restaurateur and composes music. Did we mention that his sublime photographs reveal a sharp eye for the spiritual presence of nature and the fragile humans within it? We've lost him to LA, sadly, but you can see his work online. Get it while he's still relatively unknown. It won't be long before that changes.

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