Ted Ellis is a passionate man. He is passionate about his family… passionate about his heritage and passionate about his art. Just ask him and he proudly declares, “I paint Subjects that are representative of the many facets of American life, particularly, African-American culture and history, as I know it. I like to think of myself as a creative historian. I was put here to record history…all aspects of American culture and heritage. My sole purpose has always been to educate through my art.”
Ellis grew up and was educated in New Orleans, a city known for its rich African-American heritage history. A city full of style, and artistic exuberance. This backdrop inspired Ellis to capture the essence of the subjects of his childhood in the glory of their rich cultural heritage. Extremely dedicated to his craft, this artist draws on a style that was born in his childhood from impressions of his native city. Ellis is self-taught and boldly blends realism and impressionism in his work, evoking nostalgia and inspiration.
Ellis, who currently resides in Friendswood, Texas, and continues to be recognized for his artistic talent and is now being applauded for his intellectual capital and depth of understanding the power and use of art. He is an artist with vision. His legacy is still growing. This awareness continues to garner Ellis more and more collectors. as they are scatterd throughout the globe. Major corporations have commissioned Ellis; A few of which include: Walt Disney Studios, The Minute Maid Company, Coca-Cola, Phillip Morris, and Avon, Incorporated.
It's not folk art, but "Tedism", his own unique style of art. The art of this man both reveres and celebrates the traditional values of his culture. African-American culture and lifestyle is a vital part of the tapestry of American history. Ted Ellis captures that lifestyle on canvas, the man, lives the life he paints about. He is cementing himself in history as one of those Famous African-American artists you so often read about.