Have you met…Ellen Letcher?


An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and other I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Ellen Letcher who was recommended to me by Austin Thomas.

Hotdog, 2012  25 x 19 ½  inches  Collaged magazine pages, color laser print and acrylic paint on paper

Hotdog, 2012 25 x 19 ½ inches Collaged magazine pages, color laser print and acrylic paint on paper

“Ellen Letcher has an individual and intensely innovative approach to art making in her use of many different media, from unprimed canvas and paint to photographs and laser-prints, to collaged magazine and book-pages.

Wresting images from glossy magazines and pasting them down with paint, Letcher creates a highly idiosyncratic collection of pictorial data. She replays this device of painting and pasting, maintaining a graphic energy while carefully editing, and anything might and does happen along the way (for instance, an impression of a leaf falls outside one of Letcher’s gridded, brushed blue-glue and pink strokes). Evidence of a cup of tea is plastered by active orange paint strokes while on another one of Letcher’s pages, Muslims pray within a lattice of painted pink, orange, and blue.

Letcher doesn’t take pictures — she jags their contours with color, abutting one against another, alongside yet another within a tableau of hidden transcriptions excavated with a red, blue, pink, or orange brush. She has many influences, including her years spent in production design and more recently co-directing the now shuttered Famous Accountants gallery, thereby illustrating how visual culture gets layered and loaned sometimes from the same sources without the fidelity of precise transcription.”

Muslims, 2012  20 x 16 inches  Collaged magazine pages and acrylic paint with on wood panel with shelf

Muslims, 2012 20 x 16 inches Collaged magazine pages and acrylic paint with on wood panel with shelf

Other material relating to Ellen Letcher.

Riot Of Perfume: Studio Visit: Ellen Letcher.

ArtSlant: Ellen Letcher.

Bushwick Daily: These Ten Artists…

Studio Vissit: Ellen Letcher is on her game.

ANABA: Ellen Letcher.

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