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Lived/Active: Texas/Oklahoma      Known for: encaustic collage, abstract and non objective patterns, videos

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Biography from LewAllen Galleries:
American painter Brad Ellis incorporates the wax-based medium of encaustic along with other paint media and collage to create compositions on canvas and board. Employing a consistent, ordered approach but varying his methods of applying and manipulating media, he strives to enliven his paintings with inventive and absorbing patterns, rhythms, and color combinations.

Each painting begins with a collaged layer of found or created paper elements. Cut and mounted in a specific way, these collaged elements form the underlying pattern for each painting – the imagery to which he reacts during his application of other media; rhythm is provided by the upper layers of drips, dots and lively gestural marks with the brush; process is further made evident in later stages of fusing, burning, melting and re-applying encaustic. These techniques can be used in various ways to create either a smooth, glass-like surface or a rough, textured one, an intriguing property of this ancient, wax-based medium.

Variations in pattern, texture, and color yield endless possibilities – from canvases that are quiet and meditative to ones that have the pizzazz or punch of a fireworks display.

Ellis reports, “I want to create a certain rhythm with my marks and brush strokes that make them ‘pop’ off the surface giving each piece a very layered, physical presence and establishing an energy all their own. The various color combinations are also very important in trying to achieve what I call ‘the instant impact moment’ when viewers are first subjected to the paintings.”

Ellis has also described an aim in some pieces to represent thought process – how humans receive, channel and communicate information.

His paintings with strong horizontal elements “attempt to capture that moment before thoughts become written or spoken … that period when ideas are still formulating and gaining momentum.” In these paintings, the mystery of thought is represented by tantalizing glimpses of text in the underlying layer of collage. In other paintings, he uses a grandly gestural, allover pattern of arcs and drips to convey freedom of expression and joyful exuberance.

Ellis received his BFA from the University of Tulsa and did graduate work at the University of Oklahoma. His art has been shown in solo and group shows across the country and is included in numerous corporate as well as private collections.

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