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Local Artist Russell Ellison Featured

By Floyd Miller



ABILENE, Texas – “RUSSELL ELLISON: Connecting” features a range of this local artist’s paintings at Amy Graves Ryan Fine Art Gallery, 1642 Sayles Boulevard at Hunt Street, on the McMurry University campus. The show opened in mid-January and will run through February 8. The public is invited to a Brown Bag Artist Talk and Reception at noon on Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Gallery. Ellison’s paintings, {{more}} starting with those created in 2002 and ending with very recent pieces, are distinguished by interesting textures and luminous color palettes. Some are completely abstract with no subject matter other than composition, while others are characterized by motifs inspired by cave and rock paintings, as well as African designs and masks. The titles, however, give the viewer insight into what he was focused on when creating the works. Still, he gives the viewer plenty of freedom to interpret subject matter on their own terms. Many of these acrylic on canvas paintings are incised into a silica-based material mixed with polymer medium, which is also sanded, yielding rich varieties of textures, before color is applied and further manipulated. Colors vary from bright and bold in some of the works, to muted and almost monochromatic in others. For more information on the show, please contact Patricia Holland at 325-793-4888 or email to

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