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Ellen Priest

Born in: 1951

United States

Biography
Ellen Priest is an American abstract artist who is inspired by music and most notably by jazz. She lives and works near Philadelphia. Priest received her Master of Divinity from Yale University Divinity School in 1977 with a dual qualification in Christianity and the Visual Arts. As an artist, she is largely self-taught. Ellen Priest?s jazz-based abstractions balance directly on the border between painting and sculpture – vibrantly colored spatial illusions when read from a distance, and 3-D relief constructions of layered, collaged paper when seen up close. Jazz has been her subject matter since 1990. Drawing is always central to her process, as well as standing on its own. Priest?s inspiration comes from surprisingly diverse sources: life-long visual art influences include Cezanne?s late watercolours, Matisse?s color and compositional structure, and Abstract Expressionism, especially the paintings of Willem De Kooning and Joan Mitchell; the rhythmic and harmonic structures in jazz and related African and Latin American music; her athletic pursuits, since her paintings are really about movement. Priest?s favourite sports are “balance sports,” where motion depends on weight and balance thrown off-centre, often in response to terrain, like skiing.
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  • Painting Abstract

  • Painting Oil

  • Painting Acrylic

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Ellen Priest, Jazz Cubano #2 front study, Painting

Ellen Priest

Jazz Cubano #2 front study, 2013
42 x 42 inch
Painting

$3,948

Ellen Priest, Jazz Cubano 48: Percussion Drawing, Drawing

Ellen Priest

Jazz Cubano 48: Percussion Drawing, 2012
30 x 30 inch
Drawing

$4,084

Ellen Priest, Jazz Cubano #9 Front study, Painting

Ellen Priest

Jazz Cubano #9 Front study, 2013
42 x 42 inch
Painting

$3,948

Ellen Priest, Jazz Cubano #5 front study, Painting

Ellen Priest

Jazz Cubano #5 front study, 2013
42 x 42 inch
Painting

$3,948

Ellen Priest, Jazz Cubano #2 middle study, Painting

Ellen Priest

Jazz Cubano #2 middle study, 2013
42 x 42 inch
Painting

$3,948

Ellen Priest, Jazz Cubano #53: Percussion Drawing, Painting

Ellen Priest

Jazz Cubano #53: Percussion Drawing, 2012
30 x 30 inch
Painting

$4,084

Ellen Priest, Jazz Cubano #50: Percussion Drawing, Painting

Ellen Priest

Jazz Cubano #50: Percussion Drawing, 2012
30 x 30 inch
Painting

$4,084

Ellen Priest, Jazz Cubano #41: Percussion Drawing, Painting

Ellen Priest

Jazz Cubano #41: Percussion Drawing, 2012
30 x 30 inch
Painting

$4,084

Ellen Priest, Jazz Cubano #50: Percussion Drawing, Painting

Ellen Priest

Jazz Cubano #50: Percussion Drawing, 2012
30 x 30 inch
Painting

$4,084

Ellen Priest, Jazz Cubano 46: Percussion Drawing, Painting

Ellen Priest

Jazz Cubano 46: Percussion Drawing, 2012
30.3 x 30.3 inch
Painting

$4,084

Ellen Priest, Jazz Cubano 42: Percussion Drawing, Drawing

Ellen Priest

Jazz Cubano 42: Percussion Drawing, 2012
30 x 30 inch
Drawing

$4,084

Ellen Priest, Jazz: Thinking Out Loud, Reaching for Song #31, Painting

Ellen Priest

Jazz: Thinking Out Loud, Reaching for Song #31, 2011
32 x 47 inch
Painting

$18,513

Ellen Priest, Jazz Cubano #27: Arturo and Elio, Thinking Out Loud, Painting

Ellen Priest

Jazz Cubano #27: Arturo and Elio, Thinking Out Loud, 2016
32 x 32 inch
Painting

$12,251

Ellen Priest, Jazz Cubano #22: Arturo and Elio, thinking out loud, Painting

Ellen Priest

Jazz Cubano #22: Arturo and Elio, thinking out loud, 2014
32 x 32 inch
Painting

$12,251

Ellen Priest, Jazz Cubano #20: Arturo and Elio, Thinking Out Loud, Painting

Ellen Priest

Jazz Cubano #20: Arturo and Elio, Thinking Out Loud, 2016
32 x 32 inch
Painting

$12,251

Ellen Priest, Jazz Cubano #5: Arturo and Elio’s Dos Y Mas, Painting

Ellen Priest

Jazz Cubano #5: Arturo and Elio’s Dos Y Mas, 2014
42 x 42 inch
Painting

$22,596

Ellen Priest, Jazz: Edward Simon's Venezuelan Suite 16, Drawing

Ellen Priest

Jazz: Edward Simon's Venezuelan Suite 16, 2008
42.1 x 42.1 inch
Drawing

$22,596

Ellen Priest, Jazz Cubano 23: Arturo and Elio, Thinking Out Loud, Drawing

Ellen Priest

Jazz Cubano 23: Arturo and Elio, Thinking Out Loud, 2014
32 x 32 inch
Drawing

$12,251

Ellen Priest, Jazz: Miles Someday My Prince #8, Painting

Ellen Priest

Jazz: Miles Someday My Prince #8, 2002
30 x 30 inch
Painting

$12,251

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