Untitled , 2012
oil and alkyd on linen
48 x 84 inches
In this new body of work Stephen Ellis returns to his longtime preoccupation with the grid. His vibrant compositions are composed of rectangular and diagonal grids or a combination of both. The perpendicular grids evoke the complex legacies of classicism and modernism; the parallelograms recall the isometric space of classical Japanese painting and contemporary technological imaging. Here and there among the grids appear signs—glimpses of writing, architecture or bodies—that flicker just beyond the threshold of legibility.
Stephen Ellis's paintings appear in numerous public and private collections across the United States and Europe, including the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Fogg Museum at Harvard University, the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford and the Fond Nationale Art Contemporaine (FNAC) in France. Stephen Ellis's work will also be on view in Conceptual Abstraction, an historic group exhibition organized by Pepe Karmel and Joachim Pissarro opening in October at the Hunter College Times Square Gallery. This exhibition marks the artist's tenth solo show with Von Lintel Gallery.
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