Steve Ellis uses pop culture iconography to explore historical and contemporary issues that perpetually resurface over time. From graphically realistic architectural cityscapes to politically heavy metaphors, Ellis addresses society's conglomerate past, present, and potential future, urging his viewers with is intricate details to be ever aware of their vivid surroundings.
With his most recent piece, Coming Soon to Times Square, installed at The Conde Nast Building, Ellis examines the historicity of New York City’s cultural hub as reflected by the ever-changing advertisements that paper its "walls." “I’ve created a visual timeline in the form of multiple layers of a peeling billboard that exposes the history of the area and its fast-paced nature. I embrace its glamorous heyday and its filthiest decades with the same fascination."
Steve Ellis is currently represented by gallery nine5.
Born in Washington D.C., Ellis was raised in various cities within the United States. In 1989, the artist moved to New York City to study at the prestigious School of Visual Arts, where he excelled in realism. Following his graduation, Ellis lived and worked in downtown New York, cultivating his aesthetic by immersing himself in the vibrant subculture of the city’s nightlife.
Ellis has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. in addition to several international shows. These include exhibitions at the AC Institute, the Gershwin Hotel, the Studio @ 620, SoHo House, American Fine Arts and the Lexington Armory. Ellis’ works are held in private collections in Tokyo, Paris, Rome, Dublin, Seoul, Moscow, Bucarest, Singapore, Norway, Abu Dhabi, Auckland (New Zealand), Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, Miami, New York, Dallas, and Philadelphia. He is currently a painting instructor at the School of Visual Arts.