Maggie Ellis

'The Ride'

In her first museum exhibition, The Ride, artist Maggie Ellis (B.F.A., painting, 2014) presents paintings and works on paper that chronicle the emotional rollercoaster of urban social life. Depicting motley crowds engaged in recreational activities, Ellis offers a glimpse into the daily trials, tribulations, and triumphs of contemporary city dwellers.

Signature image for Maggie Ellis exhibition
Maggie Ellis, B.F.A., painting, 2014, "The Ride," 2023, oil on linen, 50 x 60 in. Courtesy of the artist.

In the works on view, Ellis renders figures engrossed in party mode or immersed in fight or flight response, manifesting the exhilaration and anxiety of her subjects by exaggerating perspective and elongating forms. With her compelling paintings, Ellis exalts human differences with humor and enthusiasm, while also celebrating the epic spectacle of our togetherness.

About the artist

New York-based painter Maggie Ellis (b. 1991, Atlanta) received her B.F.A. from SCAD in 2014. In 2017, she received her M.F.A. from Hunter College and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Ellis is represented by Charles Moffett Gallery. Recent exhibitions include High Speed at Micki Meng, San Francisco; Through a Glass, Darkly at Carl Kostyál, Milan; and Strange Strangers at Charles Moffett, New York. Ellis has presented solo exhibitions at Micki Meng/Friends Indeed, San Francisco, among others, as well as group exhibitions at venues including the Skowhegan Alliance, New York; Embajada, San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Field Projects, New York.

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The Ride is organized by SCAD Museum of Art assistant curator Brittany Richmond.

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