The first retrospective of the work of Ray Ellis, a celebrated American artist acclaimed for his paintings of Martha's Vineyard and the Low country of Georgia and South Carolina.
With an insightful text by a noted American art specialist and vibrant, color-infused images, this dazzlingly beautiful book reveals the full breadth of Ray Ellis's remarkable career. While Ellis is often described as an Impressionist because of his loose brushwork, bright color, and interest in light and atmosphere, his work is naturalistic and closer to realism.
Equally talented in oils and watercolors, he interprets the many sights and locales he has seen. In addition to marine subjects and coastal landscapes for which he is best known, this volume also presents his finest still lifes and paintings of cityscapes and travels.
The works span several decades from the early 1960s through his most recent paintings. Ray Ellis In Retrospect: A Painter's Journey also includes an illustrated, autobiographical essay by Ray Ellis and a chronology. Now in his eighth decade, Ellis continues to be passionate about painting. Still studying and experimenting, his greatest pleasure is to begin his next work striving to "do the best painting" he has ever done.
125 colour illustrations.
About the Author
Valerie Ann Leeds is an independent scholar and Adjunct Curator of American Art at the Flint Institute of Arts in Michigan. Formerly the curator of nineteenth and early twentieth century American art at the Orlando Museum of Art, Leeds earned her doctorate degree in art history from the City University of New York.
"He has the ability to see the beauty of almost anything, and capture it in his painting." -- Walter Cronkite "Mr. Ellis captures the difference of time, the disparities of weather, the incongruities of light and shadow and the particularities of natural landscape and seascape configurations." - David L. Shirey, The New York Times "It's hard to imagine anyone not finding great enjoyment in the pages of this beautiful retrospective book of the sparkling oils and watercolors of Ray Ellis." - David McCullough