Loren Ellis

Artist Statement

The photographic image has always interested me in terms of how the perspectives of an image changes how one can view the same object in different ways. The definition of an image never stays the same. Negative space is as important in my design as the visual elements. One of the reasons why I feel in love with photography is the way light and shade creates the forms, and also because it all happens very quickly. The play of depth of field, in and out of focus, creates other issues that are challenging. Beginning as a painter I became fascinated with manipulating the photographic image at the start. Because of the handwork, painting with light, bleach and paint each 'photographic painting' as I term my work, is one of a kind.

Each work is a combination of the relationship of at least two images with textures and color. The images are left in black and white as in the dream process, and color is often added as an emotional effect. I call each work a 'visual symphony'. Where each image is interesting in itself but the relationship of the images create the real statement. "The otherness" I call the feeling when one dreams and one cannot touch or feel but are left with an often-indescribable mood. This indefinable, ephemeral mood is what I seek to express. The subject matter often changes but this dream feeling and a sense of movement is always prevalent in my work.

The subject matter of my work usually deals with the human physical and psychological issues of growth and change, usually with an optimistic slant.

Selected Collections, Commissions, and Activities

Loren Ellis M.F.A. has received many grants and awards for her work, and has exhibited internationally. Her works are in many private and corporate collections, and have been commissioned by also, including The Museum of Modern Art, Kodak, The New York Public Library, Johnson & Johnson, The Florida State Capitol, The New York Historical Society, The New York Yankees, Tampa Electric Co. Environmental Defense Fund.

Loren is author of Photographs and Thoughts, a book of photographs and her poetry. Loren has been interviewed on local and national television and has lectured about her work to many organizations. She is presently finishing a video documentary about a 100-year-old artist.

Loren Ellis is the founder of Art for Healing, Inc. a not for profit organization supporting the visual and performing arts.

Solo Exhibitions (selected)
2002 - Chashama Gallery Times Square NYC "Poetic Movements in Dance, Music, and Theatre" including my poetry and NYC mural series.
2002 - Szczein, Poland, 13 Muse Art Club, WTC 9/11, poetry and other works.
2001 - Off the Rocker Gallery Sag Harbor, The Hamptons, N.Y.
1999 - National Arts Club solo exhibit for the Hunger Project Benefit
1998 - Snug Harbor Cultural Center Staten Island Wonderland Follies Dance Ballet series
1997 - Pierrot & Pirouette Theatre Lincoln Center NYC set design and art exhibit
1995 - The Casements City and Cultural Center, Rockefeller Estate
1995 - Gallery Sireado SoHo, NYC
1995 - Phoenix Gallery invitational Ecology series, SoHo, NYC
1995 - Ukrainian Institute of America Chornobyl disaster/Ecology exhibition NYC
1979 - Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara,CA Group Exhibitions (selection)
2000 - St. James Arts Council, St. James, N.Y. juried The Art of Baseball
1999 - Earth Day Society United Nations for Earth Day Unicef NYC
1998 - Museum of Modern Art juried exhibit NYC
1998 - Synchronicity Space Gallery SoHO NYC juried exhibit
1998 - The Great Neck center for Visual and Performing Arts Great Neck, N.Y.
1997 - The Barge Museum Brooklyn, N.Y.
1993 - ETS Testing Services, Convention Hall, Princeton, N.J.
1984 - Tampa Museum Tampa, Fl
1979 - Polk County Museum, Lakeland, Fl Mizner Looks at the Orient
1974 - Lowe Art Museum, U. of Miami, Miami, Fl Corporate Collections (selection)
1999 - Museum of Modern Art purchased my book Photographs and Thoughts
1998 - New York Public Library purchased my book Photographs and Thoughts
1998 - New York Historical Society New York, N.Y.
1994 - Woodstock Center of Photography
1992 - Environmental Defense Fund National Headquarters
1990 - Marubeni America Corporation NYC
1989 - Eastman Kodak
1979 - Florida House of Representatives, The Capitol, Tallahassee, Fl Major Commissions (selection)
1998 - New York Yankees mural for VP of the Yankees
1995 - YAR communications lobby mural and corporate brochure, NYC
1993-94 - Joyce Theatre, colander art work for 93/94 season NYC
1988 - Tampa Electric Co. 3 panel mural series for new computer building Tampa, Fl
1983 - Johnson & Johnson 3 panel mural series of history of company
1982 - Lee County Electric Co. History of Ft. Myers, Fl
1982 - Hillsborough County Parks Dept. 2 murals
1981 - Tampa Electric Co. History of Tampa Electric, History of Light

Group Exhibitions (selected)
2002 - Museum of Modern Art NY NYC "Photography of NYC"
2002 - Sotheby1s Auction House sponsoring NY Academy of Art exhibition
2002 - "Reaction" Exit Art international artists SoHo NYC
2001 - "Reaction" NYC artists WTC by Nutureart.org I was only artist reviewed
2000 - St. James Arts Council, St. James, N.Y. juried The Art of Baseball
1999 - Earth Day Society United Nations for Earth Day Unicef NYC
1998 - Museum of Modern Art juried exhibit NYC
1998 - Synchronicity Space Gallery SoHO NYC juried exhibit
1998 - The Great Neck center for Visual and Performing Arts Great Neck, N.Y.
1997 - The Barge Museum Brooklyn, N.Y.
1993 - ETS Testing Services, Convention Hall, Princeton, N.J.
1984 - Tampa Museum Tampa, Fl
1979 - Polk County Museum, Lakeland, Fl Mizner Looks at the Orient
1974 - Lowe Art Museum, U. of Miami, Miami, Fl

Corporate Collections (selected)
2001 - Woodstock Center of Photo housed at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art
2000 - Peninsula Hotel, New York
1999 - Museum of Modern Art purchased my book Photographs and Thoughts
1998 - New York Public Library purchased my book Photographs and Thoughts
1998 - New York Historical Society New York, NY
1994 - Woodstock Center of Photography/at the Samuel Dorsky Museum
1992 - Environmental Defense Fund National Headquarters
1990 - Marubeni America Corporation NYC
1989 - Eastman Kodak
1979 - Florida House of Representatives, The Capitol, Tallahassee

Major Commissions (selected)
1998 - New York Yankees mural for VP of the Yankees
1995 - YAR communications lobby mural and corporate brochure, NYC
1993-94 - Joyce Theatre, colander art work for 93/94 season NYC
1988 - Tampa Electric Co. 3 panel mural series for new computer building, Tampa, FL
1983 - Johnson & Johnson 3 panel mural series of history of company
1982 - Lee County Electric Co. History of Ft. Myers, FL
1982 - Hillsborough County Parks Dept. 2 murals
1981 - Tampa Electric Co. History of Tampa Electric, History of Light

Grants and Awards
2002 - Studio on 57Th St. from Chashama organization
1999 - Talent in Motion Magazine Best Artist Award
1998 - Artist residency at Centrum Port Townsend, WA
1995 - Puffin Foundation
1990 - Arts Council of Tampa/Hillsborough County for multiple series
1986 - WEDU-Award of Merit Tampa, Fl.
1982 - Tampa Museum juried exhibition and merit award
1982 - Coca Cola Bottling Co. National Competition, Elizabeth, Kentucky
1977 - Fellowship from the Fine Arts Council of Florida
1977 - Graduate Fellowship, Florida State University

Professional Activities (selected)
2002 - Solo guest Sandra Lee talk show Great Neck, NY LE Art After 9/11
2002 - Video Documentary " A Tiny Voice" a 100-year-old photographer
2002 - Judge and award presenter Talent in Motion mag. TIMY Awards Gala
2000 - Art For Healing, Inc. a not-for-profit organization, founder and director
1999 - Fashion Institute of Photography lectured about my work and workshop
1998 - Talent in Motion Magazine two page review of Loren1s work two issues
1998 - Museum of Modern Art exhibit of museum lecturers and volunteers NYC
1997-99 - Art/Life in limited edition books available at the Guggenheim and MoMa Museum bookstores etc.
1997 - Professional Women Photographers lectured about my work
1996 - Viscom, Jacob Javits Center NYC teaching Photomontage seminar
1994 - Save the Earth, Satcom prod. Interview and review of Ellis1 ecology art released by satellite
1977 - Published Photographs and Thoughts, with poetry (Museum of Modern Art and NY Public Library collections)

Phone: (212) 946-1160

Email Address: loren@lorenellisart.com
Alternate Website: www.lorenellisart.com

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