Monday, April 19, 2010


Stephen Ellis was born in High Point, North Carolina, in 1951. He received a B.F.A. from Cornell University in 1973 and furthered his studies at the New York Studio School. Ellis received a National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Painting in 1991. He presently lives and works in New York City.

For more than twenty years, Ellis has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout Europe and the United States. His work has recently been included in exhibitions at the Reina Sophia, Madrid; the Musée d'Art Moderne, Saint Etienne; and P.S.1, New York. A monograph of paintings executed from 1989 - 2001 was recently published by Verlag Robert Gessler.

Ellis's work is included in public collections including The Brooklyn Museum, The Fogg Museum, The Ashmolean Museum and The National Fund for Contemporary Art, Paris. 

Group exhibitions include: "Sets, Series, and Suites: Contemporary Prints" at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, "Invitational," at the American Academy of Arts & Letters, "Grays," at Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, "Works on Paper," Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, "Abstraction/Abstractions: Conditional Geometries," Musée d'Art Moderne de Saint Etienne, France, and "Nuevas Abstracciones," Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain.

He has received the Purchase Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2004) and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (1991) and CAPS (now New York Foundation for the Arts, 1986). Ellis has written extensively on contemporary art for European and American publications including, Parkett, Tema Celeste, and Art in America. He has been an Associate and Contributing Editor of Art in America and edited for Artforum and Parkett Magazine (Switzerland).

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