Amy Ellingson, ‘Variation: black (Like the lamps of the air when night walks forth), Study #1’, 2017, Headlands Center for the Arts: Benefit Auction 2017

Amy Ellingson’s work exaggerates the dichotomy between lightning-fast digital rendering processes and traditional oil and encaustic painting techniques. Her imagery—whether geometrically intact or abstracted and chaotic—is comprised of a vocabulary of simple forms that are digitally manipulated, then replicated in an increasingly complex field rendered in layers of oil and encaustic paint. Her paintings have been exhibited nationally and in Tokyo, Japan. She is a recipient of the Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Fellowship and an Artadia Grant to Individual Artists. Her work is held in various public collections, including SFMOMA; the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento; the San Jose Museum of Art; the Oakland Museum of California; and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, among others. Her solo exhibition, Chopping Wood on the Astral Plane, with Eli Ridgway | Contemporary Art, was held at Minnesota Street Project in 2016. Her public commission and permanent installation Untitled (Large Variation), an 1,100-square-foot ceramic mosaic mural, is on view in Terminal 3 at the San Francisco International Airport. She received a BA in Studio Art from Scripps College and an MFA from CalArts. Ellingson lives and works in San Francisco.
–Courtesy of Headlands Center for the Arts