BIOGRAPHY

 

 

Ellen French is a 3rd generation Californian currently living and working in Los Angeles. Starting at a young age, Ellen showed an interest in art, so it made sense to pursue her artistic creativity. During the first year of college, her formal art education was disrupted by the death of her parents leaving her with other obligations. However, she continued to pursue her artistic interests on her own. Ellen considered her main interest to be painting but expanded her education by taking printmaking classes at U.C.L.A. and exploring different mediums and subjects on her own.

 

As a painter, mono-prints and collage became an extension of her work and combined both mediums interchangeably. Ellen always fluctuated between abstraction and more figurative formats to “mix it up a bit” and has done several series using these disciplines. At first, Ellen used collage as a base for her abstract works and started her island series sparking her fascination with the varied symbolism of islands and deserts. Also during this time she started paintings of the flora indigenous of Southern California, developing into her current landscapes series.

 

In 1994, the Northridge Earthquake destroyed her residence in Santa Monica giving her the opportunity to relocate to Marin County and experience living in another part of California but returned to the Los Angeles area in 2019.

 

Ellen's artwork is included in numerous corporate and private collections, including the U.S. State Department, the Pentagon, and the Makuhari-Messe Convention Center in Toyko, Japan. Through her affiliation with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art former rental gallery she has sold over 70 pieces of art.

 

 

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SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2023    "Scenic 2023", online exhibit, Exhibitzone.com, Oct. 9, to Dec 9, 2023

2022     ”Landscape 5”, online exhibit, Honorable ention, Art Show Int’l Gallery    

2022     “4th Color”, online exhibit, Honorable Mention, Art Show Int’l Gallery                                                                                            2020     “50 and Older”, online exhibit, Las Lagunas Gallery, Laguna, CA.  ​​​​​​                                                                                                        2019      "Studio Visit Magazine, Volumes 43/44, juried publication                                                                                                            2019      "4th Annual Landscape Show", Int'l juried exhibit. Fusion-Art.com
2017      "Color Emotion", Juries Show, Artworks Downtown, San Rafael, CA
2017      "Kaleidoscope" , Juries Show, Marin County Fair, San Rafael, CA
2014      "Real and Surreal": Juried Show, Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2014      "Abstraction", Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael, CA
2011      "Collective Actions", Marin Community Center, Novato, CA    
2010      “Small Works Show” - (juried show) Artworks Downtown, San Rafael, CA
2009      “Scape” – Bandit Gallery, Los Angeles, CA                     
1997       KTEH Art Exhibit – Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA., Catalog
1993       Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Art Rental Gallery
1991      “A Beginning and an End”, Artspace, Los Angeles, CA
1988       Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Art Rental Gallery
1985       Grand House, San Pedro, CA
1984       “Geng-Kai”, Toyko and Osaka, Japan – traveling exhibition, Catalog
1983       Brownstone Gallery, Huntington Beach, CA

 

SOLO EXHIBITONS

2011       Linda Penzur Gallery, San Anselmo, CA
2008       Upstairs Gallery at the Market, Los Angeles, CA
2007       “Reflections”, Linda Penzur Gallery, San Anselmo, CA

2007        Ross Valley Capital, San Anselmo, CA 
1993       “Picking up the Pieces”, Orlando Gallery, Sherman Oaks, CA

1982        Artspace, Los Angeles, CA

SELECTED PRIVATE AND CORPORATE COLLECTIONS


U.S. State Department, Washington D.C.
Pentagon, Washington D.C.
Makuhari-Masse Convention Center, Toyko, Japan
TRW, Los Angeles, CA
Saban Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA
Capella Films, Los Angeles, CA
Warner Bros. Records, Burbank, Ca
Hewlett-Packard, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
Grant- Thornton CPA, Century City, CA
AMI, Beverly Hills, CA
Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, HI
Weston Hotel, Maui, HI
Sheraton Miramar, Santa Monica, CA
McLean Hilton, McLean, VA
Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, CA
Hyatt Regency, Kansas City, MO
Reel Globeman, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
Digitalk Intl, Singapore
Edwin, Cohen, Jessup,LLP, Beverly Hills, CA                 
Kubota Tractor, Co., Japan
Berliner, Cohen & Biagin, San Jose, CA                        
Tower Group Intl.
Various private collections

 

VOLUNTEER WORK:      San Anselmo Arts Commission - 2003 – 2008

GUEST CLASS LECTURER: 
U.C.L.A – Art Appreciation Artist Profile 1984 & 1985
University of Judaism, Los Angeles, CA - Art Appreciation Artist Profile – 1987
Brandeis University, Los Angeles, CA - Art Appreciation Artist Profile1988