Josiah Ellner

Region: Midwest


City / State: Chicago, IL

 My paintings are abstracted narratives that revolve around the relationship between humanity and the natural world, captured through my personal experiences. I am drawn to moments that embody the feeling of oneness with nature. The formal decisions I make in my paintings are all informed by the characteristics of these moments, which tend toward the awkward, whimsical, playful, and sometimes slightly humorous. This results in ungainly and awkward figures and environments that are patterned and playful. Through these abstractions I strive to achieve a heightened narrative that encapsulates the connections and interactions we have with the natural world.