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Ellen Priest

United States Born in: 1951
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 Cubano #53: Percussion Drawing, Painting

Ellen Priest

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

$3,923

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

$11,769

Ellen Priest, Dolphin Dance 30, Painting

Ellen Priest

Dolphin Dance 30, 2003
21 x 21 inch
Painting

$1,962

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

Ellen Priest

Jazz: Thinking Out Loud, Reaching for Song #13/14, 2011
30 x 60 inch
Painting

$9,416

Ellen Priest, Dolphin Dance 24, Painting

Ellen Priest

Dolphin Dance 24, 2003
21 x 21 inch
Painting

$1,962

Ellen Priest, Dolphin Dance 17, Painting

Ellen Priest

Dolphin Dance 17, 2003
21 x 21 inch
Painting

$1,962

Ellen Priest, Dolphin Dance 05, Painting

Ellen Priest

Dolphin Dance 05, 2003
21 x 21 inch
Painting

$1,962

Ellen Priest, Jazz: Chick’s ‘Chelsea Shuffle’ #4, Painting

Ellen Priest

Jazz: Chick’s ‘Chelsea Shuffle’ #4, 2005
32 x 32 inch
Painting

$12,816

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

Ellen Priest

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

$3,923

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

$11,769

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

Ellen Priest

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

$3,923

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

$11,769

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

$11,769

Ellen Priest, Jazz Cubano 48: Percussion Drawing, Drawing

Ellen Priest

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

$3,923

Ellen Priest, Jazz Cubano 46: Percussion Drawing, Painting

Ellen Priest

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

$3,923

Ellen Priest, Jazz Cubano 42: Percussion Drawing, Drawing

Ellen Priest

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

$3,923

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

Ellen Priest

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

$11,769

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