Art in Alternative Spaces

Featured Artist

Ken Ellis

 

Strange Fruit

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

30 x 40

Crossing the Line

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

29 x 21

Brutality

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

14 x 11

March

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

19 x 19

 

Dambala Wedo  34 x 42"   Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted with Beads & Sequins  Ken Ellis

Genkuro Yoshitsune and Musashiboo Benkei

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

54 x 38

 

Marassa Dosa

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

32 x 40

Fela & Wives

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

44 x 60

 

Alexandre Dumas

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

26 x 28

 

Edmonia Lewis

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

24 x 30

W.e.b. Dubois

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

24 x 22

 

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

28 x 32

 

Dred Dscott

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

 

 

Bass Reaves

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

28 x 25

Hate

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

64 x 44

Ghia's Dream

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

44 x 30

Seminole Negro Indian Scouts

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

44 x 34

SOLD

Assassination of Sitting Bull

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

52 x 38

 Benjamin O Davis Sr

First African American General in the U.S. Army

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

24 x 34

 

Jim Beckwourth

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

32 x 30

Faith Ringgold

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

21 x 21

Tenth Calvalry

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

60 x 40

 

Tecumseh

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

30 x 24

Dorothy Parker

 Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

21 x 21

Cory Aquino

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

18 x 26

Indira Gahndi

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

24 x 26

 

Fannie Lou Hamer

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

26 x 20

Eleanor Roosevelt and Madame Chaing Kai-Skek

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

42 x 31

Benarzir Bhutto

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

18 x 24

Tenth Cavalry

Fabric Dye on Canvas Hand-Quilted

60 x 40

Mary Mcleod Bethune

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

24 x 24

 

 

Centaur

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

11 x 8

Poseidon

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

40 x 27

Chimera

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

14 x 9

Strolling Troll

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

19 x 21

Wee Willy Winky

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

19 x 17  

Li

Little Red Riding Hood

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

20 x 15"

Horus

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

18 x 28

Untitled

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

40 x 26

King Tut and Wife

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

20 x 30

Sobek

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

22 x 30

Set

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

23 x 30

King Tut

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

24 x 24

 

Serving the Underworld

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

25 x 20

 
 
Nat Turner

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

20 x 27

Augusto Sandino

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

24 x 36

SOLD

 

 

Marna, Noah and Tom

 Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

46 x 32

SOLD

Todd

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

20 x 22

Mark

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

28 x 22

James and Clairie

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

22 x 28

 

The Threatening Ronin

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

42 x 34

Kusemono

Fabric Dye on Canvas, Hand-Quilted

50 x 38

BIOGRAPHY

(Oct 30, 1954       ) Ken is a native of Chicago and credits his interest in art to his father who taught him to sew.  Ken's artwork often depicts shocking historical scenes of the life of black and native Americans.  He also incorporates Haitian voodoo and other folk history in his work and children's nursery rhymes.   Ken's work is exhibited around the country and was featured in Anatomically Correct's exhibition Sewing the Seeds  A Look at Violence in American History and Fairy Tale Friends in Chicago.   Ken's Bonnie & Clyde quilt from the Sewing the Seeds exhibition can be seen on the cover of Dr. Dog's "Fate" album released on July 22, 2008 http://www.myspace.com/drdog.   

 Links:   Sewing the Seeds  A Look at Violence in American History and Fairy Tale Friends

"I am Chicago born, bred & educated, made my debut at Cook County Hospital.   My early childhood was in BronzeVille, one of my earliest memories is drawing on the blank pages of a set Biblical storybooks my Ma had bought me. In 1960 my family moved to the near north side, my Pop took a job as a building's engineer/ janitor in the Gold Coast neighborhood on the corner of Scott & Astor. I spent my formative, teenage & early adult years living at 52 E. Scott , the people who lived in the building throughout the period were all wonderful & quite a influence on nurturing the Artist in me. Over the years several different moved in & out of the building among them were the Drakes, Dr.&Mrs. Coogan , the Weese's, the Rovner's . I attended Ogden Elementary from 1961 to 1968 , Lane Tech 1968 to 1972 taking the Comm. Art course, I attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Art from 1973 to 1975 studying Cartooning, Animation & Film Making, The School of the Art Institute in 1975/76 studying Animation, Columbia College 1976/77 studying Writing, Television Production & Intro. into Television. In 1976 my Pop pasted & I took over his job while still doing the school it lasted about a year I in the interim had discovered Punk Rock & the Bar La Mere Vipere & I had come to a crossroad & I been in the Bar business since. I have been drawing & painting as long as I can remember I originally painted in oils & was introduced to this medium by my x-wife Marilyn. We would use the dyes to make hand painted Tee's , pillows, & baby blankets, Marilyn had some painting she had done w/ the dye which she quilted by adding a batting to the back of the painting which gives the piece a quilted/ relief effect. Working with the fabric dyes, needle & thread I feel as though I'm working WITH the piece as oppose to working ON a piece with paint, this makes me feel more at one with the piece ( I have been known to sign in blood on some piece's" quite by accident ") For most of my early pieces I did them late at night after coming home from working at the club, I found painting & sewing soothing after a night of filling the glasses of the masses. Most of my early pieces are portraits of historical figures, both known & obscure. Themes I've incorporated in the early pieces gangsters, musicians, black western, native Americans, freaks. Since the late 90's I've began to use different drawing styles & adding beadwork & objects to my pieces & some of the recent themes have been Haitian Voodoo, African- American Northern Migration, Lost in History on my lighter side I also have done a series of Fairy Tale & Nursery Rhymes. I am currently working on a series of pieces based on Japanese Prints."

Ken's artwork can be seen in the film " High Fidelity" & you can read about it in the book "Wild Chicago" and he appeared on a WTTW television episode.  

Several of his quilts are featured in the International Review of African American Art - vol.17 #1- The Black- Indian Connection in American Art.

His quilts have been exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center - Chicago, Bona Fide Gallery - Chi. IL- Dynamite Gallery- Grand Rapids Mi.- Thirteen moons Gallery- Santa Fe NM.- Two Rivers Gallery- Minn. Mn. - Wendy Cooper Gallery- Chi. Il.- Heaven Gallery- Chi. Il. and Rainbo Club in Chicago.

 Ken was also featured in the film, You Weren't There, a history of the Chicago Punk Rock scene from 1977-1984.

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO PURCHASE MR. ELLIS' ARTWORK:   EMAIL INFO@ANATOMICALLYCORRECT.ORG

 

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