“This is my heart as I 
travel all over; my spirit, 
my life and living.”
Flathead Indian Chief, Montana
While spending time in California, Arizona and New Mexico, Ellis-Brown became immersed in the creativity and spirituality of the native Indian culture. Their humility and close connections with the earth was a fascination and for him, was in direct contrast to the romance, anarchy and violence disseminated in 20th century Wild West stories and iconography.
Creating symbols based on native Indian petroglyphs, within this body of work Ellis-Brown challenges preconceptions of the historical American West. The compositions seek to make a connection beneath the surface and by deciphering codes he responds with a visual language that then resonates with the viewer. His work is an exploration of present-day wider global challenges and how they can be viewed in stark contrast with themes, signs and messages transferred from tribes who lived in harmony with the earth and its precious resources. This reveals a pictorial life-force with pure colour and graphic intensity, using natural pigments, paint, resins and photography.
Sundance II. Acrylic and pigment on Arches Aquarelle. 100 x 75 cm
Angeni I. Acrylic, charcoal, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 46 x 154 cm
A Day in the Life of Ten Bears. Acrylic and pigment on canvas. 78 x 90cm
Nootau I. Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 52 x 100 cm
Little Warrior II. Acrylic and pigment on Arches Aquarelle. 100 x 75 cm
Flaming Arrow II. Acrylic and pigment on Arches Aquarelle. 90 x 50 cm
Tumbleweed II. Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 57 x 87 cm
Spur. Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 35 x 87 cm
Badlands. Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 61 x 120 cm
Sundowner. Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 50 x 100 cm
Lonestar. Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 32 x 80 cm
They Died with their Boots On. Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 50 x 50 cm
Space Girl. Acrylic and pigment on Arches Aquarelle. 100 x 70 cm
Space Boy. Acrylic and pigment on Arches Aquarelle. 100 x 70 cm
Biggity II. Acrylic and pigment on Arches Aquarelle. 50 x 50 cm
Etu (Sun) II. Acrylic and pigment on Arches Aquarelle. 50 x 50 cm
Wild West III. Acrylic and pigment on Arches Aquarelle. 50 x 50 cm
Yahto. Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 36 x 70 cm
Adahy (Lives in Woods). Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 44 x 154 cm
Howdy II. Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 31 x 84 cm
Illegal Aliens. Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 37 x 104 cm
Mayamis (Meet Me by the River). Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 34 x 100 cm
Ghost Riders. Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 34 x 50 cm
Crazy Horse. Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 55 x 160 cm
Enola (Earth). Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 52 x 100 cm
Wild West I. Acrylic, pigment print on Arches Aquarelle. 59 x 113 cm
Red Cloud. Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 113 x 72 cm
Poke. Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 50 x 100 cm
Dry Lightning I. Acrylic and pigment on Arches Aquarelle. 100 x 75 cm
Long Holy. Acrylic, pigment, mixed media on Arches Aquarelle. 44 x 84 cm
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