Christopher Grimes Gallery presents solo shows of work by Sharon Ellis from February 27th to April 3, 1999.
Los Angeles artist Sharon Ellis will exhibit Times of the Day, a series of six new paintings depicting Dawn, Morning, Midday, Afternoon, Dusk, and Night. These paintings form a suite that chronicles changes in light throughout the day. With meticulously symmetrical compositions and a brilliant palette, Ellis pursues a vision of vibrant opticality that seems other-worldly. Of this painter’s hallucinogentic modulations of light and pattern, critic David Pagel writes, “Like a drug, Ellis’ art spoils ordinary pleasures by providing extraordinary ones.”
Though composed of organic patterns, Ellis’ work eschews naturalistic tendencies. Pagel notes that “Nature appears here only after it has been filtered through the artifical glow of TVs and computer screens . . . and through the open-ended complexity of mind-blowing Rorschach blots. . . .” Ellis has exhibited from coast to coast since 1990, and she was recently included in The 1998 Phoenix Triennial. This will be Ellis’ fourth one-person exhibition at Christopher Grimes Gallery.