Hooks-Epstein Galleries, Inc.
2631 Colquitt. Houston TX 77098
Ellen Berman’s oil paintings in Three. Two. One. are the latest in a long series of portraits of domestic
objects. Often known for her striking renderings of fruits, vegetables, and other every day pantry
items, these still lifes become expressions of form, depth, color, and light that defy the ordinary
and become images for contemplation. Berman draws a juxtaposition between the object
she is representing and what is real.

The paintings in this exhibition reflect both, the outside world and Berman’s inner world. Because
of her education in the study of literature and her life-long love of reading fiction, metaphor and
narrative have a significant role in her paintings. “I am interested in the notions of beauty, the
extraordinariness of the ordinary, and the transitory nature of and inevitability of loss inherent
in everything,” states Berman.

Ellen Berman is a Texas artist who earned her M.A. from the University of Houston and currently
resides in Wimberley, Texas. This year, she served as a juror for the Wimberley Valley Art League
Members Exhibition. Berman has had group exhibitions in Texas, Louisiana, New York, Missouri,
and Michigan, as well as numerous solo exhibitions in Texas. Select public collections of her
work include: the Austin Museum of Art (TX), Mexic-Arte Museum, (Austin, TX), and Art Museum
of South Texas (Corpus Christi, TX). Berman was represented by McMurtrey Gallery, until its
closing in late 2015.
Three. Two. One.
featuring the paintings of
Ellen Berman
February 25 through  April 1, 2017

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