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Sharon Ellis

Christopher Grimes Gallery

Borrowing both title and concept from an unfinished group of paintings by nineteenth-century German artist Philippe Otto Runge, Sharon Ellis displayed a keen and deftly playful understanding of Romantic and religious painting, as well as a variety of other sources from culture high and low, in six mesmerizing alkyd renderings exhibited collectively as “Times of the Day.”

In images that would warm the hearts of transcendentalists and Deadheads alike, Ellis combines a dizzyingly wide range of stylistic references: Romanticism, Symbolism, Impressionism, and Fauvism, as well as Surrealism, Pop art, blacklight posters, Christian architecture and iconography, and New Age greeting cards—topped off with a dose of California Light and Space. Utilizing Runge’s approach of pitting bilaterally symmetrical compositions against glowing, atmospheric backgrounds, Ellis deploys foregrounds of interlaced

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