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Elizabeth Colomba - Artists - Philippe Labaune Gallery

Elizabeth Colomba
Martinican, b. in 1976

Living and working in Harlem, Elizabeth Colomba was born in 1976 in the Paris region, to a family from the island of Martinique in the French West Indies. An assiduous reader of European comics, she turned to painting at a very young age. She studied at the Estienne school and at the Beaux-arts in Paris. Through a classic approach to figuration, she offers black personalities a spotlight and a dignity that they have too often been denied. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, at the Museum of Art of Princeton University at New York’s Park Avenue Armory and at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts. In 1998, she moved to Los Angeles and worked as a story boarder in the motion picture industry. This is where, she met writer Aurélie Lévy with whom she collaborated on the screenplay of her first graphic novel, Queenie, the Godmother of Harlem (2021). It is probably no coincidence that this work retraces the true journey of Stephanie St. Clair, born in the 19th century in Martinique who became a feared gang leader in Harlem during the prohibition.

Selected Works

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Cotton Club

Cotton Club, 2022

Queenie’s outfit and jewels Chanel

Watercolor, graphite, and white chalk on paper

Framed: 29 x 27 1/2 inches

Sold

Queenie

Queenie, Cover Illustration, 2022

Gold leaf, watercolor, tea, graphite, and white chalk on paper

Framed: 29 x 27 1/2 inches

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Shots Fired

Shots Fired, 2022

Tea, graphite, and white chalk on paper

Framed: 24 1/2 x 19 inches

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Our Stoop

Our Stoop, 2022

Tea, graphite, and white chalk on paper

Framed: 24 1/2 x 19 inches

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A Family Affair

A Family Affair, 2022

Queenie’s outfit inspired by Vionnet

Tea, graphite, and white chalk on paper

Framed: 24 1/2 x 19 inches

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Convincing Argument

Convincing Argument, 2022

Queenie’s outfit and jewels Chanel

Watercolor, Tea, graphite, and white chalk on paper

Framed: 24 1/2 x 19 inches

Sold

A Mistake

A Mistake, (I had to take him out of the picture), 2022

Queenie’s dress inspired by Mainbocher

Tea, graphite, and white chalk on paper

Framed: 24 1/2 x 19 inches

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A Day at the Beach

A Day at the Beach, 2022

Queenie’s outfit inspired by Schiaparelli

Tea, graphite, and white chalk on paper

Framed: 22 x 15 inches

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Elizabeth Colomba
In Da Club

Elizabeth Colomba

In Da Club, 2022

NFT

The Cotton Club, 1930’s. Jack Johnson is getting ready to welcome Duke Ellington!. The jazzy notes are flying across the screen, while we are moving towards the internationally renowned stage. This vignette is part of “Queenie”, a dazzling graphic novel set in the prohibition years when booze money is about to dry out. Reminiscent of comics from the golden age, the vignette sometime look like Bauhaus posters. The style is modern and, at the same time, preserves a vintage dime

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Go!

Elizabeth Colomba

Go!, 2022

NFT

Harlem, 1933. It’s never good to hang out in an alley late at night. You never know who you might run into. The wheels are spinning, screeching, the smoke is pulsing. Stephanie St. Clair flees the scene in the nick of time. This vignette is part of “Queenie”, an epic graphic novel set in the prohibition years. The variations between the depth of the inks, the intense contrast of black and white deploy to evoke our heroine's past. These constant round trips between the West Indies and America outline another geography, intimate and protected, as if to access the inner meanders of Stephanie St Clair…

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This Will Warm You Up

Elizabeth Colomba

This Will Warm You Up, 2022

NFT

The snow is falling, Stephanie St Clair is on the verge. All seems lost but her partner in crime Bumpy Johnson has her back. This vignette is drawn from a thrilling graphic novel set in Harlem when booze money was drying out. A film noir feel, both ultra-realistic and dreamlike, “Queenie” is sharp but tender when necessary. Cinematographic but also romantic, armed with an epic breath that crosses places, bodies and souls, the godmother of Harlem is here to stay.

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Cotton Club

Cotton Club, 2022

Queenie’s outfit and jewels Chanel

Watercolor, graphite, and white chalk on paper

Framed: 29 x 27 1/2 inches

Sold

Queenie

Queenie, Cover Illustration, 2022

Gold leaf, watercolor, tea, graphite, and white chalk on paper

Framed: 29 x 27 1/2 inches

Sold

Shots Fired

Shots Fired, 2022

Tea, graphite, and white chalk on paper

Framed: 24 1/2 x 19 inches

Our Stoop

Our Stoop, 2022

Tea, graphite, and white chalk on paper

Framed: 24 1/2 x 19 inches

A Family Affair

A Family Affair, 2022

Queenie’s outfit inspired by Vionnet

Tea, graphite, and white chalk on paper

Framed: 24 1/2 x 19 inches

Convincing Argument

Convincing Argument, 2022

Queenie’s outfit and jewels Chanel

Watercolor, Tea, graphite, and white chalk on paper

Framed: 24 1/2 x 19 inches

Sold

A Mistake

A Mistake, (I had to take him out of the picture), 2022

Queenie’s dress inspired by Mainbocher

Tea, graphite, and white chalk on paper

Framed: 24 1/2 x 19 inches

A Day at the Beach

A Day at the Beach, 2022

Queenie’s outfit inspired by Schiaparelli

Tea, graphite, and white chalk on paper

Framed: 22 x 15 inches

Elizabeth Colomba
In Da Club

Elizabeth Colomba

In Da Club, 2022

NFT

The Cotton Club, 1930’s. Jack Johnson is getting ready to welcome Duke Ellington!. The jazzy notes are flying across the screen, while we are moving towards the internationally renowned stage. This vignette is part of “Queenie”, a dazzling graphic novel set in the prohibition years when booze money is about to dry out. Reminiscent of comics from the golden age, the vignette sometime look like Bauhaus posters. The style is modern and, at the same time, preserves a vintage dime

Go!

Elizabeth Colomba

Go!, 2022

NFT

Harlem, 1933. It’s never good to hang out in an alley late at night. You never know who you might run into. The wheels are spinning, screeching, the smoke is pulsing. Stephanie St. Clair flees the scene in the nick of time. This vignette is part of “Queenie”, an epic graphic novel set in the prohibition years. The variations between the depth of the inks, the intense contrast of black and white deploy to evoke our heroine's past. These constant round trips between the West Indies and America outline another geography, intimate and protected, as if to access the inner meanders of Stephanie St Clair…

This Will Warm You Up

Elizabeth Colomba

This Will Warm You Up, 2022

NFT

The snow is falling, Stephanie St Clair is on the verge. All seems lost but her partner in crime Bumpy Johnson has her back. This vignette is drawn from a thrilling graphic novel set in Harlem when booze money was drying out. A film noir feel, both ultra-realistic and dreamlike, “Queenie” is sharp but tender when necessary. Cinematographic but also romantic, armed with an epic breath that crosses places, bodies and souls, the godmother of Harlem is here to stay.