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Elle LeBlanc

About Elle LeBlanc

Based out of: St. Petersburg, Florida
Elle is a Florida native, born and raised in Sarasota. She studied printmaking and painting at Florida state university, and received her BFA in studio art in 2016. She has since pursued her artistic career via freelance design, illustration, clothing design, and murals. She currently lives and creates locally in St. Petersburg.

Elle began her current body of paintings with the intention of using it as a release from her otherwise representational freelance career. She loosely restricts herself to using the most basic colors and forms, focusing on primary colors and playful shapes. “i love the idea that such pure elements of design can come together into a composition that has never been executed quite the same way. I think i was looking for an outlet to bring positivity and playfulness to an aspect of my life that can, at times, become all work, and no play. It’s important to me for art to remain something i find passion and pleasure in.”

Relating to her mural designs--she strives to create contemporary, effortless imagery that compliments simple, modern spaces. She is inspired by objects throughout daily life that are often overlooked. The mundanity of the every day objects relieves the necessity of meaning people often seek in art. There is interest to be seen in everything, and she has endlessly sought to give these objects their 'moment in the sun'.
This mural by Elle LeBlanc ["Le Blahnk"] is called Pop Art Plastic. It sprawls across an enormous warehouse wall at 2333 3rd Avenue South. The mural faces north, 17 feet high and 145 feet wide.

It suggests a seascape from a children’s book – simple shapes in vibrant pink, yellow, blue and black against a white background. Abstract curves and shapes mix with fish and examples of plastic pollution. The mural is painted around the many square, barred windows high up on the wall, and crosses over the window frames.

A thick pink band spans the entire image, bending and swooping around the other figures, all the way from left to right.

On the left side of the mural, eight rounded yellow pillars rise halfway up the wall, like a fence, or abstract coral. A yellow and pink fish swims to the right, and a smaller black fish swims to the left. Between them floats a plastic shopping bag in white, painted with black capital letters that say “THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.” The letters are bent and crinkled, like the plastic bag.

Perforated coral-like discs of red and black float on either side of a tall green abstract coral branch bending to the left, and a zig-zag purple squiggle. An arc of small black circles rises almost halfway up the wall.

Near the center of the mural, a bulbous light blue shape with a circular white center arcs almost as high as the wall. Three gold half-circles near the top echo the shape of a candelabra, and touch the top of the blue shape.

The wide pink band dives below the mural and then up, across the big blue shape.

In the white circle at the center of the blue, a small black fish with a perky line of dots for eyelashes, swims to the right – across the pink band and close to two large plastic water bottles, painted in black and white.

A lavender disc, a wavy vertical orange squiggle, and bulbous dripping shapes of green and yellow, move across the wall. A cluster of small black arches bubbles up.

A black fish shaped like a 2-liter plastic bottle swims to the left, along the bottom of the wall, under three floating plastic bendy straws.

A large black semi-circle perforated with white dots swoops down from the top, as the pink band undulates across the wall. Circles of red and blue bob in the imaginary water, beside another black fish swimming to the right.

Schools of black vertical rectangles hover at the bottom and cluster at the top of the wall, with abstract coral shapes of yellow, green and red.

A fish with pink head, yellow body and red and blue fins swims to the right. Just before the thick pink band hits the right edge of the wall, it passes under a looming stack of four fat black concentric arches, horseshoe-shaped and standing out among the pastel colors.

About a foot from the wall’s edge, just below the fat pink line, a small tilted yellow dome is painted with the tiny words “in memory of Nick Moses” in black capital letters.

Back at the beginning of the wall, the artist’s signature is stylized in the bottom left. A tall, stretched-out capital “E L” on top, and just below, “L E.” Her Instagram handle is beside it on the right, lying sideways.

These bright colors and abstract shapes are recognizable in other work by Elle LeBlanc. About this mural, she explains, “Speaking about plastic pollution in our oceans has become a familiar subject, especially living in a coastal city.

“With that in mind, I wanted to be direct in the message of my mural, without being redundant—especially because I feel St. Petersburg, specifically, has taken measures in the last few years to begin a huge effort to minimize the plastic waste we produce here.

“Staying true to my aesthetic, I intended to create a colorful atmosphere that makes the subject approachable – and ultimately leaves viewers with a sense of positivity toward the future of our efforts in reducing plastic waste.”

Elle LeBlanc is a Sarasota native, and lives and works in St. Pete.

Title: Pop Art Plastic

Address: 2333 3rd Ave S

Building: Brick Street Farms

Installation Date: 2020

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Marina Capdevila2022

123Klan2022

Caratoes2022

Reginald O'Neal 2022

Van Der Luc2022

Jeff Williams2022

Dream Weaver2022

Sydney Prusso2022

Ashley Cantero2022

Graffiti Egypt2022

Tasko2022

Baghead2022

Nneka Jones2022

Amy Ilic-Volpe2022

Jason Harvin2022

Vitale Bros2022

Chad Mize2022

The Happy Mural Project2022

Greg Mike2021

Mwanel Pierre-Louis2021

Jenipher Chandley2021

Case Maclaim2021

Jared Wright2021

Bakpak Durden2021

Nicole Salgar2021

Ricky Watts2021

Gleo2021

Woes Martin2021

Jason Harvin2021

Miss Crit2021

Michael Fatutoa2021

Emily Ding2021

Reid Jenkins2021

Aurailieus Artist2021

Jujmo2021

Leo Gomez2021

Ya La'Ford2021

iBOMS2021

Chad Mize 2021

Brain Storm2020

Brian Butler2020

Lili Yuan2020

Happy Mural Project2020

BASK2020

Tatiana Suarez2020

Elle LeBlanc2020

Mason Schwacke2020

Alex Yanes2020

Kenny Coil and Marc Berenguer2020

Nneka Jones and Bianca Burrows2020

IBOMS2020

Cecilia Lueza2019

George Rose2019

Morning Breath2019

Vitale Brothers2019

Cory Robinson-CLEAN Campaign2019

SHOK-12019

Taylor White2019

Reda3sb2019

Princess Smith2019

Brian McAlister, Gibbs High Mural Club and Boys & Girls Club Members2019

JR-Inside Out2019

Paola Delfin2019

Jimmy Breen and Anthony Freese2019

Drew Merritt2019

Low Bros2019

Jay Hoff2019

Taj Tenfold2019

Leo Gomez2019

Palehorse2019

Blaine Fontana and Plastic Birdie2019

David Charlton2019

Todd Frain and Creative Clay2019

Haider Ali2018

Ya La Ford2018

Gibbs Rounsavall2018

Angela Faustina2018

Bekky Beukes2018

LOOK The Weird2018

Belin2018

Melanie Posner2018

Illsol2018

J and S Signs2018

Sarah Page2018

Nomad Clan2018

Tasko2018

Cecilia Lueza2018

Matt Kress2018

Michael Vahl2018

Noirs One2018

DAAS2018

Justin Wagher2018

ZuluPainter2018

Matthew Hoffman2018

Hueman2017

Joram Roukes2017

Jose Mertz2017

Stephen Palladino2017

Yok and Shero2017

Herbert Scott Davis2017

Jujmo2017

Lauren YS2017

Mikael B2017

ZuluPainter and Thirst2017

Axel Void and L.E.O.2017

Suarez Art2017

Cryptik2017

Daniel "R5" Barojas2017

Sam Yong2017

Ali Vasquez and Todd Frain2016

Angela Delaplane2016

Apexer2016

Arlin Graff2016

Pep Rally Inc.-The CLEAN Campaign2016

Daniel Mrgan2016

Pixel Pancho2016

Michael Reeder2016

Alex Pardee2016

Cecilia Lueza2016

Jade2016

Pantonio2016

Nosego2016

ZuluPainter2016

Dasic Fernandez2016

Caratoes2016

Mark Gmehling2016

Ya La Ford2016

Ink Werkz Crew2016

Andrew Spear2015

Chad Mize, James Oleson and Pinellas County Center for the Arts2015

Erik Jones2015

Hitnes2015

Hoxxoh2015

Michael Vasquez2015

Shark Toof2015

Morning Breath2015

Ricky Watts2015

Evoca2015

Carrie Jadus2015

BASK2015

Greg Mike2015

Tes One and Palehorse2015

123Klan2015

Ya La Ford2015

Carrie Jadus2015

Vitale Brothers2015

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