Santa Monica, January 2014 – Christopher Grimes Gallery is pleased announce an exhibition of
paintings by Sharon Ellis. Eight years have passed since Ellis’ last exhibition in Los Angeles. In this
long-anticipated show, Ellis applies her singular vision to the representation of timeless
landscapes. Working within the tradition of Romanticism and with a tangential relationship to such
early modernists as Agnes Pelton and Charles Burchfield, Ellis’ paintings highlight the interplay
between a visible world and an equally present, invisible one.
Ellis (Los Angeles, CA, 1955) lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work was included in the group
exhibitions Eden’s Edge: Art in L.A. at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and POPulence, curated by David
Pagel, which traveled throughout the United States. The Long Beach Museum of Art organized a ten-year
survey of Ellis’ work in 2002 entitled Evocations, which traveled to the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati
and San Jose Museum of Art. Ellis was also included in Flower Power at Le Consortium, Centre d’art
contemporain in Lille, France.
The South Gallery will feature a new installation of sculpture and photographs by Dane Mitchell. Mitchell’s
practice is concerned with manifesting the physical properties of the incorporeal. Through the use of scent,
spells and shamans, his work channels invisible forces into concrete forms, coupling spiritual tendencies with
minimalism and conceptualism.
Mitchell (Auckland, New Zealand, 1976) lives and works in Auckland. He has been the subject of solo
exhibitions at Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand (2012) and Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New
Plymouth, New Zealand (2011). His work has been included in exhibitions worldwide such as the Liverpool
Biennial, Liverpool, UK (2012); Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea (2012); and Busan Biennale,
Busan, South Korea (2010).
For further information and press materials please contact the gallery at 310.587.3373