Brad Ellis

 
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American, b. 1958

Brad Ellis is a mid-career, Texas-based artist whose focus is on abstract painting. Throughout his career he has continually experimented with imagery from tightly rendered, systematic patterns to loosely constructed, expressionistic compositions. He has distinguished himself by embracing the ancient medium of encaustic which is hot wax painting and is a process by which heated bees wax is mixed with pigments and applied to board or canvas and then fused to the surface with a heat source. The pure physicality of the paint combined with various collage elements render distinct textures and surface treatments that energize his abstract imagery with movement and excitement.

Brad earned his BFA from the University of Tulsa and his work is represented by several art galleries across the country. His paintings are included in many prominent private and corporate art collections and is included in the U. S. State Department’s Art In Embassies Program, where his work is displayed in the Ambassador’s residence in Kampala, Uganda. As well, his paintings are featured in two recent books, Texas Abstract, Modern + Contemporary, published by Fresco Books and Encaustic Art In The Twenty-First Century, published by Schiffer.

 

Representation

Erdreich White Fine Art, Boston, MA

Arterra, Bellevue, WA

M. A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK

One Person Exhibitions

2018    No Holds Barred, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2017    Season Of Celebration: The Work Of Brad Ellis, Russell Collection, Austin, TX

2016    From Here To There: An Abstract Continuum, Russell Collection, Austin, TX

2016    Cacophonies Of Color, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2014    Textures and Gestures: Intertwined, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2013    Line, Form and Color: Harmonic Convergence, Lew Allen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2012    The Organic Line, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2011    Rhyme, Chance and Circumstance, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2009    Pattern, Rhythm and Process, Lew Allen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2008    Linear Compositions, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2007    Brad Ellis: New Work, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2006    Brad Ellis: Inaugural Show, Cervini Haas Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

2003    Abstract Renderings, Mary Bell Gallery, Chicago, IL

2000    Brad Ellis: New Work, Metropolitan Gallery, Austin, TX

1996    Brad Ellis: Recent Work, Boyd Levinson Gallery, Dallas, TX

2016    New Work: Brad Ellis and Tracey Harris, M. A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK

Two and Three Person Exhibitions

2016    Parallel Lines: Amy Metier, Emmett Culligan & Brad Ellis, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO

2014    Expressions: Two Artists, Two Visions, Russell Collection, Austin, TX

2013    Textures: Brad Ellis, Cody Hooper & J.D. Miller, Russell Collection, Austin, TX

2007    Linear Variations: Brad Ellis, Madeleine Keesing & Steve Klein, Lew Allen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2005    Brad Ellis, Joseph Janson & Janet Kastner, D. Berman Gallery, Austin, TX

2005    Unique Media: Brad Ellis & Robert Berlin, Mary Bell Gallery, Chicago, IL

2004    Brad Ellis & Sammy Peters, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2002    Brad Ellis & Gary Schafter, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2002    Three Abstract Painters, Mary Bell Gallery, Chicago, IL

2001    New Works: Brad Ellis & Linda McCall, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2001    Abstraction: Three Painters, Mary Bell Gallery, Chicago, IL

1999    New Works: Brad Ellis & Jim Ringley, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

1997    The Essence of Place: Brad Ellis & Stewart Cohen, Marie Park Fine Art, Dallas, TX

Group Exhibitions

2017    A Celebration Of Color, Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, TX (curator Susan Verhelst)

2017    Annual Gallery Artists Exhibition, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2016    Annual Gallery Artists Exhibition, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX 

2015    Abstractly, M. A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK      

2015    Texas Abstract: Modern & Contemporary, Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, TX

2015    Color Play:  Primacy of Color in Contemporary Art, Lew Allen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2015    Texas Abstract: Modern & Contemporary, Sonja Roesch Gallery, Houston, TX

2014    Texas Abstract: Modern & Contemporary, Wade Wilson Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2014    Red Dot, Blue Star Contemporary, San Antonio, TX

2012    From Realism to Abstraction, Lew Allen Contemporary, Scottsdale, AZ

2012    Annual Gallery Artists Exhibition, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2012    Art By Southwest, Lisa Russell Collection, Austin, TX

2011    Gallery Artists, Rosenbaum Contemporary, Boca Raton, FL

2011    Best of Texas, Russell Collection, Austin, TX

2011    Collections, Cultures and Collaborations: Inspirations from The Neiman Marcus Collection, University of North Texas Art Gallery, Denton, TX

2010    Surface, M. A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK

2010    Contemporary Forum, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ

2010    Annual Gallery Artists Exhibition, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2009    Survey of Texas Art, Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Wichita Falls, TX

2009    Stimulate, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2008    All Inclusive: A Group Exhibition, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2007    First Bloom: Dialogues in Exuberance, Victoria Price Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2006    25th Anniversary Show, Mary Bell Gallery, Chicago, IL

2006    Gallery Artists: Fall Exhibition, Viveza Gallery, Seattle, WA

2006    Annual Members Show, Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX

2005    New Gallery Space Celebration, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

2004    5 x 7, Arthouse, Austin, TX

2003    2003 Gallery Invitational, Cervini Haas Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

2003    New Work by Gallery Artists, Mary Bell Gallery, Chicago, IL

2003    5 x 7, Dunn and Brown Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX

2002    Surface Tensions, Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, TX (Curator, Clint Willour)

2002    Refrigerated Air, D Berman Gallery, Austin, TX

2002    One Wish, The Dallas Center For Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX

2001    The Mac’s bi-Annual Juried Exhibition, McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX
(Juror: Annette Carlozzi, Curator of American & Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX)

2000    Critic’s Choice Juried Exhibition, Dallas Visual Art Center, Dallas, TX
(Juror: Steve Nash, Executive Director, Palm Springs Art Museum Winner: Best of Show Award)

1999    A Fresh Look at Texas Art: Juried Exhibition, McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX
(Juror: Terrie Sultan, Director of the Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC)

1999    New Artists Show, Mary Bell Gallery, Chicago, IL

1999    Beau Arts Show, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

1999    Tongues of Fire: Juried Competition, Biblical Arts Center, Dallas, TX

1999    Off The Page, McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX

1998    New Artists Show, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

1998    Madness at the Mac, McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX

1998    Annual Members Show, Dallas Visual Arts Center, Dallas, TX

1997    Neiman Marcus 90th Anniversary Show, Neiman Marcus, Dallas, TX

1997    Annual Members Show, Dallas Visual Arts Center

1996    Art Prospects: A New Beginning, LaJolla Art Gallery, LaJolla, CA

1996    Annual Members Show, Dallas Visual Arts Center, Dallas, TX

1994    Exquisite Corps, McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX

1994    Eleutheria, Trammell Crow Gallery, Dallas, TX

1994    Six Decades of Art: TU Alumni, The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

1994    Annual Members Show, Dallas Visual Arts Center, Dallas, TX

1994    The 500X Open Show: Juried Exhibition, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX
(Juror: Nancy Whitenack, Owner, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX
(Winner: Best of Show Award)

1992    The 500X Open Show, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX

1991    A Decade in Deep Ellum, Art Bar, Dallas, TX

Select Publications

2016    Encaustic Art In The Twenty-First Century, published by Schiffer

2014  Texas Abstract: Modern + Contemporary, published by Fresco Books

Honors

2016    U.S. State Department’s Art In Embassies Program, Kampala, Uganda

Education

The University of Tulsa, Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree 1984