Thursday, September 6, 2012

STEPHEN ELLIS | PAINTINGS: Opening Reception Thurs, Sept 6, 6—8 PM

Stephen Ellis
, 2012
oil and alkyd on linen
48 x 84 inches
Von Lintel Gallery proudly presents an exhibition of new paintings by Stephen Ellis.

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.


1 comment:

  1. As an artist myself, I enjoy reading Philip Koch's sensitive writing about Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth, who along
    with Whistler and Rothko, are my favorite American painters.

    I don't live in the United States but have traveled and passed a short time there. But even with the little time spent
    in your beautiful country, especially in small-town America, I can relate to some of the poetical feel that Hopper and
    Wyeth had captured in their art, which is for me part of the attraction of their paintings.

    Browsing at wahooart.com the other day, as I do now and then, I find a good selection of Edward Hopper's work,
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    big archive of Western Art, that customers can order online for canvas prints and even hand-painted, oil-painting
    reproductions can be made and sent to them.

    Hopper's surrealistic and depersonalized world is there again. Timeless, yes, as it is still there now in the roadside cafes
    and diners that I ate at all over America.