Christopher Grimes Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Sharon Ellis. In California, her first show with the gallery in five years, Ellis utilizes recurring themes in this new work, such as palm trees, sunsets, and seascapes, to interpret California as the exotic, focusing on the theme of the Golden State as a sensual experience, a place of imagination and pleasure.
Ellis’ work tends to follow in the tradition of Romanticism, showing a deepened appreciation for the beauty of nature and exaltation for the senses. Dave Hickey once wrote that, “By embracing abstraction and representation, composition and pattern, temporality and narrative, death and beauty, Ellis’ paintings hold out the possibility of being recognized as objects that exceed our grasp without demeaning our longing – objects toward which our understanding might aspire, that we may love and respect even as we await the good, solemn eternal reasons for doing so.”
Sharon Ellis lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She was recently included in the group exhibition POPulence, curated by David Pagel, which traveled throughout the United States. The Long Beach Museum of Art organized a ten-year survey of Ellis’ work in 2002 entitled Evocations which traveled to the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati and San Jose Museum of Art. Ellis was also included in Flower Power, Le Consortium, Centre d’art contemporain in Lille, France (2004).