Fremont Ellis

Type
Individual
Role
Artist
Identifier
EllisFremont
Lifespan
1897 – 1985
Functions, Occupations, and Activities
>Painter
Medium
Paint
Biography
Los Cinco Pintores ("The Five Painters") was a group of early 20th-century artists in Santa Fe, New Mexico that included Will Shuster, Fremont Ellis, Walter Mruk, Jozef Bakos, and Willard Nash...By 1921, Shuster, Ellis, Mruk, Bakos, and Nash had all moved to Santa Fe, and the five formed their artist collective in 1921. At the time, the five painters were all in their 20s and new to Santa Fe. Their stated goal was to "take art to the people" by exhibiting in places such as schools, hospitals, factories, and even the New Mexico Penitentiary...In December of that year, the New Mexico Museum of Art presented the first of several exhibitions as a group. In addition to their Midwestern Touring Exhibit in 1922, they also arranged a show in Los Angeles in 1923 call "Exhibition of Painting by Artists of New Mexico"...These modernist painters were inspired by New Mexican people and landscapes for their subject matter. They formally disbanded in 1926. [Retrieved on 11/8/2017 from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Cinco_Pintores] Fremont Ellis was born in Virginia City, Montana in 1897. Ellis had no formal education as a child and began painting as a young boy. Except for 3 months spent at the Art Students League in New York, Ellis was a self-taught painter. In 1915 he moved to Los Angeles with the intention of learning optometry. This lasted only 2 years before he quit to pursue his art career full-time. From 1920 on, Ellis would spend the majority of his time in Santa Fe. This was his "home base" from where he could return after numerous painting exhibitions throughout the southwest. His works were popular in Santa Fe as well as Los Angeles where he exhibited. [Retrieved on 11/8/2017 from: http://www.kargesfineart.com/fremont-ellis-biography.html]
Geographic names
Santa Fe
Related person/organization
Ansel Adams (is friend of)