FROM ROOTS TO CELEBRATION OF THE NEW

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Brad Ellis

Connie Connally

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 ARTIST STATEMENT

 

 

PATTERN, RHYTHM AND PROCESS

 

My artistic practice is all about consistency. It is an everyday approach in my studio that  as an abstract painter involves creative challenges and hopefully solutions to the endeavors of making art.

 

My paintings are a combination of mixed media works that involve encaustic, oil, enamel, acrylic and collage, emphasizing color, form, texture and surface treatments.

 

I approach each new painting with the same consistency that I’ve employed for many years now which I loosely call “Pattern, Rhythm and Process.” I typically start each painting by building up layers of paper and / or fabric collage materials by cutting and mounting these pieces onto the canvas or board and arranging them in a way to form the underlying pattern of the painting. This helps lay the foundation for the initial imagery and paves the way for the applications of the other mediums.

 

The next phase of the work is the part I refer to as rhythm. This starts the mark making portion of the piece as I begin incorporating expressionistic brushwork to create different lines, forms and shapes that get worked and reworked in order to strike the right pictorial balance and to create a sense of “surface tension” that is very important to me. There is a lot of back and forth, pushing and pulling, adding and subtracting of the different paint applications all of which are competing for attention.

 

In the final process portion of the work, I begin applying layers of the wax-based medium of encaustic. This involves fusing, burning, melting and re-applying this ancient medium in order to achieve surface treatments that can be extremely thick and physical or as smooth as glass.

 

I tend to create bodies of work by doing a series of paintings with the same concept running through each piece. Though consistent in my approach, this allows me to explore different avenues for the work and to come to different forks in the road as the piece is developing. This inevitably happens by choice, chance and circumstance. The unpredictability and potential sense of discovery is very exciting and one of the main reasons why I do what I do. My ultimate goal is to create a compelling work of abstract art that engages the viewer and helps fosters a meaningful artistic dialogue.  

 

 

-Brad Ellis

 

 
 

Portfolio

 
 
 

 
 

Biography

Brad Ellis is a mid-career, Texas-based artist whose focus is on abstract painting. Throughout his career he has continually experimented with imagery from tightly rendered, systematic patterns to loosely constructed, expressionistic compositions. He has distinguished himself by embracing the ancient medium of encaustic which is hot wax painting and is a process by which heated bees wax is mixed with pigments and applied to board or canvas and then fused to the surface with a heat source. The pure physicality of the paint combined with various collage elements render distinct textures and surface treatments that energize his abstract imagery with movement and excitement.

 

Brad earned his BFA from the University of Tulsa and his work is represented by several art galleries across the country. His paintings are included in many prominent private and corporate art collections and is included in the U. S. State Department’s Art In Embassies Program, where his work is displayed in the Ambassador’s residence in Kampala, Uganda. As well, his paintings are featured in two recent books, Texas Abstract, Modern + Contemporary, published by Fresco Books and Encaustic Art In The Twenty-First Century, published by Schiffer.

Brad Ellis

American, b. 1958

 

One Person Exhibitions

2018     No Holds Bared, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2016     From Here To There: An Abstract Continuum, Russell Collection, Austin, TX

2016     Cacophonies Of Color, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2014     Textures and Gestures: Intertwined, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2013     Line, Form and Color: Harmonic Convergence, Lew Allen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2012     The Organic Line, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2011     Rhyme, Chance and Circumstance, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2009     Pattern, Rhythm and Process, Lew Allen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2008     Linear Compositions, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2007     Brad Ellis: New Work, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2006     Brad Ellis: Inaugural Show, Cervini Haas Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

2003     Abstract Renderings, Mary Bell Gallery, Chicago, IL

2000     Brad Ellis: New Work, Metropolitan Gallery, Austin, TX

1996     Brad Ellis: Recent Work, Boyd Levinson Gallery, Dallas, TX

 

Two and Three Person Exhibitions

2018     Chroma: Brad Ellis and Michael Kessler, Russell Collection Fine Art, Austin, TX

2016     New Work: Brad Ellis and Tracey Harris, M. A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK

2016     Parallel Lines: Amy Metier, Emmett Culligan & Brad Ellis, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO

2014     Expressions: Two Artists, Two Visions, Russell Collection, Austin, TX

2013     Textures: Brad Ellis, Cody Hooper & J.D. Miller, Russell Collection, Austin, TX

2007     Linear Variations: Brad Ellis, Madeleine Keesing & Steve Klein, Lew Allen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2005     Brad Ellis, Joseph Janson & Janet Kastner, D. Berman Gallery, Austin, TX

2005     Unique Media: Brad Ellis & Robert Berlin, Mary Bell Gallery, Chicago, IL

2004     Brad Ellis & Sammy Peters, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2002     Brad Ellis & Gary Schafter, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2002     Three Abstract Painters, Mary Bell Gallery, Chicago, IL

2001     New Works: Brad Ellis & Linda McCall, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2001     Abstraction: Three Painters, Mary Bell Gallery, Chicago, IL

1999     New Works: Brad Ellis & Jim Ringley, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

1997     The Essence of Place: Brad Ellis & Stewart Cohen, Marie Park Fine Art, Dallas, TX

 

 

 

 

Group Exhibitions

2019       Annual Gallery Artists Exhibitions, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2019       Six Local Artists, Russell Collection Fine Art, Austin, TX

2019       The Languages of Abstraction, M. A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK

2018       Annual Gallery Artists Exhibition, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2017       A Celebration of Color, Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, TX 

2017      Annual Gallery Artists Exhibition, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2016       Annual Gallery Artists Exhibition, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX  

2015       Abstractly, M. A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK       

2015      Texas Abstract: Modern & Contemporary, Galveston Art Center, Galveston, TX

2015      Color Play:  Primacy of Color in Contemporary Art, Lew Allen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2015      Texas Abstract: Modern & Contemporary, Sonja Roesch Gallery, Houston, TX

2014      Texas Abstract: Modern & Contemporary, Wade Wilson Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2014      Red Dot, Blue Star Contemporary, San Antonio, TX

2012      From Realism to Abstraction, Lew Allen Contemporary, Scottsdale, AZ

2012      Annual Gallery Artists Exhibition, Craighead green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2012      Art By Southwest, Russell Collection Fine Art, Austin, TX

2011      Gallery Artists, Rosenbaum Contemporary, Boca Raton, FL

2011      Best of Texas, Russell Collection, Austin, TX

2011      Collections, Cultures and Collaborations: Inspirations from The Neiman Marcus Collection, University of North Texas Art Gallery, Denton, TX

2010      Surface, M. A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK

2010      Contemporary Forum, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ

2010      Annual Gallery Artists Exhibition, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2009     Survey of Texas Art, Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Wichita Falls, TX

2009     Stimulate, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2008     All Inclusive: A Group Exhibition, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2007     First Bloom: Dialogues in Exuberance, Victoria Price Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2006     25th Anniversary Show, Mary Bell Gallery, Chicago, IL

2006     Gallery Artists: Fall Exhibition, Viveza Gallery, Seattle, WA

2006     Annual Members Show, Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX

2005     New Gallery Space Celebration, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2004     5 x 7, Arthouse, Austin, TX

2003     2003 Gallery Invitational, Cervini Haas Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

2003     New Work by Gallery Artists, Mary Bell Gallery, Chicago, IL

2003      5 x 7, Dunn and Brown Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX

2002     Surface Tensions, Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, TX (Curator, Clint Willour)

2002     Refrigerated Air, D Berman Gallery, Austin, TX

2002     One Wish, The Dallas Center For Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX

2001     The Mac’s bi-Annual Juried Exhibition, McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX (Juror:   Annette Carlozzi, Curator of American & Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum of   Art, Austin, TX)

2000     Critic’s Choice Juried Exhibition, Dallas Visual Art Center, Dallas, TX (Juror: Steve Nash, Executive Director, Palm Springs Art Museum Winner: Best of Show Award)

1999     A Fresh Look at Texas Art: Juried Exhibition, McKinney Avenue Contemporary,

Dallas, TX (Juror: Terrie Sultan, Director of the Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC)

1999     New Artists Show, Mary Bell Gallery, Chicago, IL

1999     Beau Arts Show, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

1999     Tongues of Fire: Juried Competition, Biblical Arts Center, Dallas, TX

1999     Off The Page, McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX

1998     New Artists Show, Craighead-Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

1998     Madness at the Mac, McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX

1998     Annual Members Show, Dallas Visual Arts Center, Dallas, TX

1997     Neiman Marcus 90th Anniversary Show, Neiman Marcus, Dallas, TX

1997     Annual Members Show, Dallas Visual Arts Center

1996     Art Prospects: A New Beginning, LaJolla Art Gallery, LaJolla, CA

1996     Annual Members Show, Dallas Visual Arts Center, Dallas, TX

1994     Exquisite Corps, McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX

1994     Eleutheria, Trammel Crow Gallery, Dallas, TX

1994     Six Decades of Art: TU Alumni, The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

1994     Annual Members Show, Dallas Visual Arts Center, Dallas, TX

1994     The 500X Open Show: Juried Exhibition, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX (Juror: Nancy Whitenack, Owner, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX)

            (Winner: Best of Show Award)

1992     The 500X Open Show, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX

1991     A Decade in Deep Ellum, Art Bar, Dallas, TX

 

Select Publications

 

2016     Encaustic Art In The Twenty-First Century, published by Schiffer

2014   Texas Abstract: Modern + Contemporary, published by Fresco Books

 

Honors

 

2019       Facebook Artist in Residence, Austin, TX

2016     U.S. State Department’s Art In Embassies Program, Kampala, Uganda

 

Representation

 

Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

Russell Collection, Austin, TX

Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Erdreich White Fine Art, Boston, MA

ARTERRA, Bellevue, WA

M. A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK

 

Education

 

The University of Tulsa, Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree 1984