Ellmanart.com Presents the Still-Affordable Abstract Impressionism and Figurative Art of Dennis Michael Ellman

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If you’re looking for imaginative, colorful, unique abstract expressionism for that naked wall, you might punch into ellmanart.com and view the work of Dennis Ellman. Ellman, born and raised in Los Angeles, has resided in San Diego for nearly 25 years. A well- published poet, he was a long-time instructor of creative writing at colleges such as Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine University, and San Diego State University. In 1986 he founded Beck Ellman Agency, now Beck Ellman Heald, a public relations and advertising agency. He still does that, but now, he says, he paints, too.

“My business office was my studio,” said Ellman, “until my co-principals, one of whom is my wife, Beverly, pulled my painting license. I had completely destroyed the conference room table, office walls, chairs and carpeting. Apparently, I am not a neat painter.”

However messy Ellman kept his studio, his work shines with shapes and textures and an undeniable energy. “I love the tactile nature of art. The feel of the brush and paint on canvas, the way the colors come together,” Ellman explained. Of course that’s only part of it. Ellman’s work is filled with shapes and contours, scratches and scraps, blended and primary colors, faces that come at you directly or peer out of a complex universe.

“My vision has always been slightly fractured,” Ellman said. “My work is not for people who love traditional still life and landscapes, though my work is filled with landscapes skewed. In my poetry and now my paintings, the world I see is flooded with color, shapes and textures that are only loosely connected to the outer world. At the same time, my art never strays far from the commonplace, structures, windows, geometrical shapes, and, of course, faces. Always faces.”

Ellman’s interest in art began early, but never evolved into formal or informal training. He did not take art classes in or out of school. His familiarity with art, in general, came from visits to museums and his love of modern impressionism, cubism, and Jackson Pollack. He wasn’t terribly familiar with modern abstract expressionism until he started painting. And that’s what appeared on the canvas.

“I’ve been scribbling incessantly since I could hold a pencil,” he said, “usually in the margins of note pads – strange faces, geometrical configurations. People around me found this diversion to be distracting, even obsessive. A bad habit. It wasn’t something I did consciously. It was something I just did.”

Ellman doesn’t know what prompted him to take brush and paint to canvas. Now, though, his office has become his art gallery. Dozens of painting hang where framed client articles and graphic arts projects were once displayed. His studio has moved to his garage in Carmel Valley, just east of Del Mar. His wife has finally allowed him to hang his art in their home. And his production has become prodigious.

“I am driven to paint,” said Ellman, “But I rarely have a notion of content or palate until I stare at the white canvas and apply color. Then, I admit, it becomes an obsession.”

Ellman’s art, which can be viewed on his web site at ellmanart.com, ranges in price from $1,200 to $5,000.

For additional information, contact Dennis or Beverly Beck Ellman at 858-453-9600 or via e-mail at dme@behmedia.com

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