Early Works – 1940s – 1950s

MGR / Endless Race 10b
The Merry Go Round Series resulted from a life-long fascination and fusion of childhood imagery which Ellis encountered as a child at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The works from this series integrate aspects of Cubism.   
Spacescape #4
From 1956-59 Ellis created a series of “Bridges” resulting from sketches created in Nuremberg. The Bridging Series is based and characterized by a horizontal band spanning the upper portion of the canvas.
The Spacescape Series created in 1958-59 repeat the visual vocabulary of the Bridging Series but in an Abstract Expressionist, purely imaginary motif.  The affinity for the landscape is apparent but not explicit and the spacial relations are intact with a high horizon point of reference.