Ellmanart Studio Opens in Sorrento Valley

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Ellmanart Studio, which presents exclusively the expressionist abstract and figurative art of Dennis Ellman, is now showing at its location in Sorrento Valley. The studio operates out of Beck Ellman Heald, a public relations/marketing agency Ellman founded in 1986. The work, which hangs on the walls of the 3,000 sq. ft. agency, presents Ellman’s perspective on the modern and ancient landscape in a style he calls “abscaptions.”

Ellmanart Studio, which presents exclusively the expressionist abstract and figurative art of Dennis Ellman, is now showing at its location in Sorrento Valley. The studio operates out of Beck Ellman Heald, a public relations/marketing agency Ellman founded in 1986. The work, which hangs on the walls of the 3,000 sq. ft. agency, presents Ellman’s perspective on the modern and ancient landscape in a style he calls “abscaptions.” The work appears both non objective and yet familiar at the same time, as Ellman combines skylines and imagined cities with expressionist strokes and textures. “I love shapes and textures -- the feel of painting,” said Ellman, “and combine a variety of mediums, from both thick undercoatings and overlays of molding paste to acrylic and oil.”

Ellman’s expressionist figurative work presents, according to one artist, “a primitive approach to human form that is on par with the great modernists.” His figurative art, some done in black-and-white on canvas, others etched, brushed, inked or sculpted from a palette knife, typically tell stories. His Jewish-themed art often falls into this category, demonstrating his affection for Hasidic imagery.

Ellman noted that his interest in art began early. “In kindergarten, I gained peer recognition for my lamb collage with its three black hooves and one pink amid a wild smudge of cotton,” he said. “My doodling and sketching continued unabated. My drawings of weird faces, twisted bodies and geometrical designs appeared in the margins of history exams, on napkins and any blank surface I came upon. I did not do this for amusement or passion. It was simply what I did.”

Ellman attended San Diego State University, where he discovered poetry. By his junior year he was publishing poetry in national publications of some renown, including Chicago Review, The Southern Review, Antaeus, and The Iowa Review. This earned him a fellowship to the University of California, Irvine's graduate program in creative writing, where he earned his MFA. After Irvine, Ellman taught poetry and creative writing at such Institutions as UC Irvine, Loyola Marymount University, Pepperdine University, San Diego State University and Santa Monica College over a span of 14 years. In 1984, he left teaching and applied his artist nature into becoming a commercial artist and marketing specialist. He founded Beck Ellman Heald in 1986 and continues as a principal of the firm.

Ellman was born in Los Angeles in 1947 and has lived in San Diego since 1980. His work has appeared in galleries in San Diego, Palm Desert, Santa Cruz and Hawaii, and is in numerous private collections. The studio is open to the public Monday - Fridays from 10: a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment. Call 858-453-9600 to arrange a time for viewing.

Contact Person: Vince Heald or Beverly Beck Ellman – 858-453-9600.

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