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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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Ellen Priest, Jazz: Thinking Out Loud, Reaching for Song 28, Painting

Ellen Priest

Jazz: Thinking Out Loud, Reaching for Song 28, 2011
30.3 x 45.3 inch
Painting

$5,686

Ellen Priest, Jazz : Gonzaguinha's Africa/Brazil 1, Drawing

Ellen Priest

Jazz : Gonzaguinha's Africa/Brazil 1, 2004
42.1 x 42.1 inch
Drawing

$23,300

Ellen Priest, 'Dolphin Dance' Study 30, Painting

Ellen Priest

'Dolphin Dance' Study 30, 2003
21.3 x 21.3 inch
Painting

$2,774

Ellen Priest, Jazz: Thinking Out Loud, Reaching for Song 28, Painting

Ellen Priest

Jazz: Thinking Out Loud, Reaching for Song 28, 2011
30.3 x 45.3 inch
Painting

$5,686

Ellen Priest, Jazz: Thinking Out Loud, Reaching for Song 28, Painting

Ellen Priest

Jazz: Thinking Out Loud, Reaching for Song 28, 2011
30.3 x 45.3 inch
Painting

$5,686

Ellen Priest, Jazz: Thinking Out Loud, Reaching for Song 13/14, Drawing

Ellen Priest

Jazz: Thinking Out Loud, Reaching for Song 13/14, 2011
30.3 x 60.2 inch
Drawing

$9,431

Ellen Priest, Dolphin Dance Study 17, Painting

Ellen Priest

Dolphin Dance Study 17, 2003
21 x 21 inch
Painting

$2,774

Ellen Priest, Dolphin Dance Study 29, Painting

Ellen Priest

Dolphin Dance Study 29, 2003
21 x 21 inch
Painting

$2,774

Ellen Priest, Dolphin Dance Study 23, Painting

Ellen Priest

Dolphin Dance Study 23, 2003
21 x 21 inch
Painting

$2,774

Ellen Priest, Dolphin Dance Study 25, Painting

Ellen Priest

Dolphin Dance Study 25, 2003
21 x 21 inch
Painting

$2,774

Ellen Priest, Dolphin Dance Study #15, Painting

Ellen Priest

Dolphin Dance Study #15, 2003
21 x 21 inch
Painting

$2,774

Ellen Priest, Dolphin Dance Study #5, Painting

Ellen Priest

Dolphin Dance Study #5, 2003
20.9 x 20.9 inch
Painting

$2,774

Ellen Priest, 'Dolphin Dance' Study 30, Painting

Ellen Priest

'Dolphin Dance' Study 30, 2003
21.3 x 21.3 inch
Painting

$2,774

Ellen Priest, Jazz: Thinking Out Loud, Reaching for Song #16, Painting

Ellen Priest

Jazz: Thinking Out Loud, Reaching for Song #16, 2011
30 x 30 inch
Painting

$4,161

Ellen Priest, Jazz: Thinking Out Loud, Reaching for Song 6, Painting

Ellen Priest

Jazz: Thinking Out Loud, Reaching for Song 6, 2011
30.3 x 45.3 inch
Painting

$5,686

Ellen Priest, Jazz Cubano 46: Percussion Drawing, Painting

Ellen Priest

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

$4,161

Ellen Priest, Jazz Cubano 42: Percussion Drawing, Drawing

Ellen Priest

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

$4,161

Ellen Priest, Jazz Cubano 48: Percussion Drawing, Drawing

Ellen Priest

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

$4,161

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

$23,300

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

$19,139

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

$12,482

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

Ellen Priest

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

$12,482

Ellen Priest, Jazz: Miles 'Someday My Prince' 10, Painting

Ellen Priest

Jazz: Miles 'Someday My Prince' 10, 2002
30 x 30 inch
Painting

$12,482

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