The 1960s marked a shift in Ellis’ work after he returned from a year in Paris. In California, the visual predominance of billboards, type and commercial printing became his fascination. This slight push towards realism would continue to grow and expand after moving to New Mexico in the mid 1960s. Ellis had taken a position at the University of New Mexico. His love for advertisement, graphic design and small press printing was further encouraged at the Tamarind Institute.
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