“[Ellis’ paintings] give everything and ask nothing. Their scale betrays no demand for an august setting, no aspiration to public oratory or civic circumstance, no interference of the artist’s heroic persona, or any urgent necessity to persuade.”
- Dave Hickey
Christopher Grimes Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new paintings by Sharon Ellis, representing her first ever show of works on paper. Ellis continues to mine the trajectory of Symbolism with its imaginary dream worlds, however now she has turned her attention toward making more intimate works on paper. Using light as the primary medium, Ellis juxtaposes light and dark values, creating seemingly sculptural forms and deep spaces. Her subjects are rendered with multiple layers of transparent glazes, resulting in surfaces that are spacious and immaterial. While it typically takes one year to make a work on canvas, this change in material and scale allows Ellis to work more spontaneously and offers her the opportunity to explore her ideas with greater fluidity.
Ellis is featured in the new book by Dave Hickey, Twenty-Five Women: Essays on Their Art, 2016.
Sharon Ellis lives and works in Yucca Valley, CA. Her work is currently on view in the exhibition Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. Previous exhibitions include Experience 19: Touch, El Segundo Museum of Art, El Segundo, CA (2015); Eden’s Edge: Art in L.A., Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2007); and POPulence (2005), curated by David Pagel, which traveled throughout the United States. In 2002 the Long Beach Museum of Art organized a ten-year survey of Ellis’ work entitled Evocations, which traveled to the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH and the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA. Ellis was also included in Flower Power at Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille, France (2004).