My studio and art practice are essential in centering my attention, renewing my energy, and engaging with myself and the formal processes of painting. When beginning a new work, I draw shapes and lines on the canvas while referring to previous explorations that share repeating ideas about color, shape, and mark-making. Using oils, I create intuitively, not always knowing how a piece will come together but certain that color and its intensity will be driving factors. Working in paint’s nonverbal language, I begin to recognize figurative or associative elements as they emerge from the push and pull of gestural lines and overlapping forms. Content and meaning come afterward by carefully reflecting on how individual paintings relate to current and past bodies of work. Their correlations and narrative are not literal, and the spaces are deliberately ambiguous. My intention is to capture the impressions and sensations left behind from dreams, emotions, or memories without being limited to the specific details of the events themselves, leaving room for viewer participation and interpretation.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018 Some Are Poems, Bossier Parish Community College, The Learning Commons, Bossier City, LA
2016 Yellow Wind, Night Garden, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Coca-Cola Studio, Lafayette, LA (Curated by Brian Guidry)
2015 Ellen Soffer: The Other Side of Yellow, Magale Library, Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport, LA
2014 Ellen Soffer: The Shimmer Series, Peacock Gallery, Middle Georgia State College, Cochran, GA (Curated by Charlie Agnew)
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020 8×8 Art on Paper, Flatfile Gallery, online exhibition
2020 HOLIDAY, LABspace, Hillsdale, NY
2020 Art on the Wall, Flatfile Gallery, online exhibition
2020 FLATFLIE 8×8, Flatfile Gallery, online exhibition
2020 Quaran Time, Artspace, Shreveport, LA
2020 Pushing the Envelope, Pulp Gallery, Holyoke, MA
2020 Mail Art 2020, Lawrence & Clark, Chicago, IL
2020 Brand 48 Annual National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper, online exhibition, Brand Library & Art Center, Glendale, CA (Juried by Dan McCleary), Catalog
2019 Impulse, Mary Tomás Gallery, Dallas, TX
2020 Critical Mass 7, artspace, Shreveport, LA
2019. B.I.G, Bold, Impressive and Grand – a Curated Exhibition, Mary Tomás Gallery, Dallas, TX (six-person exhibition, Masri, Winter Rusiloski, Ellen Soffer, Roy Tamboli, Mary Tomás, Fred Villanueva)
2019 Marks in Time – Alan Dyson, Anthony Reans and Ellen Soffer, Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, Shreveport, LA (Curated by Nita Cole)
2018 Genius Loci, Castello di Spannocchia, Italy
2018 The 12th Annual Louisiana Fine Arts Showcase, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA (Curated by Lily Brooks) Catalog
2018 Summer Discipline Exhibit, Mary Tomás Gallery, Dallas, TX
2018 Color Play, Mary Tomás Gallery, Dallas, TX (four-person exhibit, Ellen Soffer, Chalda Maloff, Tom Ortega, and Bill Holmlberg)
2017 Twelve, Mary Tomás Gallery, Dallas, TX
2017 Holiday Extravaganza, Central Booking, New York, NY
2017 Summer Discipline Exhibit, Mary Tomás Gallery, Dallas, TX
2017 FRESH, Mary Tomás Gallery, Dallas, TX (four-person exhibit, Ellen Soffer, Chong Chu, Juan Alberto Negroni, and Thomas Zanz)
2016 The 10th Annual Louisiana Fine Arts Showcase, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA (Curated by Lily Brooks) Catalog
2016 B16: Wiregrass Biennial, Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, AL (Curated by Dana-Marie Lemmer)
2016 Summer Fun, Mary Tomás Gallery, Dallas, TX
2015 Abstract Nature, Marlene Yu Museum, Shreveport, LA (Curated by Marlene Yu)
2015 CORE II, Mary Tomás Gallery, Dallas, TX (Curated by Ashley Tatum)
2015 Starting Small, CENTRAL BOOKING, New York, NY (Curated by Danielle Grega)
2015 CHAOS!!!, Ro2 Art, Dallas, TX
2015 The 9th Annual Louisiana Fine Arts Showcase, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA (Curated by Dale Newkirk) Catalog
2015 Longview Museum of Fine Arts East Texas Regional Artists Exhibit, Longview, TX (Curated by Renee Hawkins)
2015 Flying Colours, Artport, Shreveport Regional Airport, Shreveport, LA
2014 9th Annual Texas Artist Coalition Juried Membership Exhibit, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, TX (Juried by Judy Tedford Deaton)
2014 27th September Competition, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA (Juried by James Michalopoulos) Catalog
2014 Colorfields, Liz London’s Art Gallery, Dallas, TX (Two-person exhibition, Ellen Soffer and Bereniche Aguiar)
The 8th Annual Louisiana Fine Art Showcase, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA
(Curated by Dale Newkirk) Catalog
Camplin, Todd, “FRESH at Mary Tomás Gallery,” moderndallas.net, (http://moderndallas.net/fresh_mary_tomas_gallery.html#.WSR_4_ryuu7), May 5, 2017.
Corbin, Michael K., “Ellen Soffer: Close-Up Particles,” artbookguy.com, (http://artbookguy.com/ellen-soffer-closeup-particles_1286.html?printable_version=true), April 1, 2017.
Camplin, Todd, “Art Month in Dallas,” moderndallas.net, (http://www.moderndallas.net/moderndallasart.html#.WOVW7RiZOhc), March 31, 2017.
Camplin, Todd, “Ellen Soffer,” moderndallas.net, (http://www.moderndallas.net/ellen_soffer_chaos_ro2art.html#.VcTlgFziOFt), July 31, 2015.
Marszalek, Norbert, “The WIP Project: What is Painting? Featuring Ellen Soffer,” Neoteric Art (neotericart.com) March 20, 2015.
Bath, Alison, “Bold abstracts, color hallmark of artist’s work,” The Shreveport Times, (http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/entertainment/arts/2014/12/11/bold-abstracts-color-hallmark-ellen- soffers-work/20217847/), December 11, 2014: 7C.
Studio Visit, Volume 25, 2014, (Juried by Trevor Richardson).
Statman, Jan, “Sene”, Interview on Longview and Kilgore Texas Cable TV, Longview, Texas, April/May 2014.
Statman, Jan, “Arist’s Interview, Ellen Soffer”, Piney Woods LIVE (www.pineywoodslive.com) December 2013
Whitehead, Mike, “The Creative Class,” SB Magazine (http://sbmag.net/issues) July 2013: 46-49.
Hasten, Karl, ” ‘Centered’, Soffer’s passion for art spreads from palette to canvas”,City Life (www.CityLifemag.net) May 2013: 43. (Fairchild, Lora, untitled photo, 2013.)
Demerath, Loren, interview on Better Shreveport, KSCL 91.3 FM, November 5, 2012.
Klein, Sheri, “Interview with artist Ellen Soffer,” Jewish Art Education (jaefilmcorp.org), August 12, 2012.
Studio Visit, Volume 18, 2012, (Juried by Trevor Richardson).SELECTED LECTURESArtist Talk, Ellen Soffer: The Shimmer Series, Peacock Gallery, Middle Georgia State College, Cochran, GA, 2014 Artist Talk, Understanding Art Class, Bossier Parrish Comm. College, Bossier City, LA, 2012COLLECTIONSThe Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, TX University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PAEDUCATION
1983 MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1981 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
1981 BFA with Honors, Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA