After WWII, Ellis created abstract works iconic of the Abstract Expressionist movement coming out of New York from 1940-1960. This movement looked underneath personal memory, at the unconscious feelings, symbolism, and universal themes common to all humans. For Ellis, this manifested purely imaginary landscapes from Europe, during WWII, and quickly commercialized California. Featured works are from 1950-1962, during his MFA, the beginning of his professional career in Pasadena, California, and residency in Paris.
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