HFAS 2015 - Artist Spotlight - Ted Ellis


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ueled by his passion for his family and his heritage; enabled by his artistic skill and commitment to excellence, Ted Ellis paints “subjects that are representative of the many facets of American life, particularly, African-American culture and history” as he knows it.

Growing up in New Orleans, a city known for its rich African American history, Ted was exposed to artistic exuberance on a daily basis. This backdrop inspired Ellis to capture the essence of the subjects of his childhood in their glorious, rich cultural heritage. Dedicated to his craft, the artist exploits a stylistic synergy, born in his childhood from impressions of his beloved Crescent City. A self-taught artist who boldly blends realism and impressionism in his work, Ellis’ masterpieces evokes nostalgia and inspiration.

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Currently residing in Friendswood, Texas, Ellis’s work, according to US Congressman Randy Weber, evokes feelings of “empowerment and hope”.  He has been commissioned by well-known brands such as Walt Disney Studios, The Minute Maid Company, Coca-Cola, Phillip Morris and Avon, Incorporated.

Recently, the award-winning artist had the honor of being the official artist of two of the most historic events in United States history. In March 2015, Ellis unveiled the commemorative art work, Bloody Sunday—Selma, 1965, for the City of Selma in honor of the 50th anniversary of the historic walk from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Ted’s Juneteenth Freedom Project was featured at the US Senate Building in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth.

Learn more about Ted and his work at www.TEllisFineArt.com

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