I’m always interested in creating another world. That was my first impetus in making art, and it still is.
I’ve been using pattern as structure. I articulate a pattern, mess it up, and then allow it to bring me back from the edge of chaos.
The edge of chaos is actually the place that interests me the most. That’s why drawing out complex patterns and then flirting with their destruction–the edge of them existing and then not, is the place I keep going to.
Ellen Grobman is a painter based in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she has lived for more than 25 years. She has had a daily studio practice for a decade longer than that, and without it, she says, “nothing else is in balance, nothing else completely works.”
Her abstract pieces are vividly colored and delicately textured. They communicate, through elegant gestures and veiled messages, a visceral emotional undercurrent, and a desire to connect. Her work has been shown extensively in Massachusetts, New York, and other places on the eastern seaboard.
“I’m always interested in creating another world. That was my first impetus in making art, and it still is,” says Grobman. “I use pattern as structure. I articulate it, mess it up, and then allow it to bring me back from the edge of chaos, which is actually the place that interests me most.”
This drive to bring something into being, disrupt it, and then flirt with its destruction—the boundary of something existing and then not—echoes throughout her paintings. Most recently, her work was shown in a solo exhibition at Michael Roud Studio in North Hollywood, CA.
Raised in New York, Grobman knew she wanted to be an artist since early childhood. During high school, she took courses at the Art Students League and the New School in New York City. She attended Cornell University School of Art, earned her B.A. at Goddard College, and did a year of graduate work at Hunter College. During her time living in Manhattan, she worked in Information at the Metropolitan Museum, and at a studio in pre-gentrification Union Square.
Grobman has enjoyed being part of a large blended family for many years, is a Big Sister, has eight years of experience as a hospice volunteer, and is a self-described “political junkie.” She is also an avid hiker, and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2013.
- Cornell University
- Goddard College
- Hunter College -MA program
One Person Exhibitions
- 2015 Michael Roud Studio, North Hollywood, CA
- 2010 Gallery A3, Amherst, MA
- 2006 Gallery A3, Amherst, MA
- 2003 Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield, MA
- 2000 University of Massachusetts, Central Gallery, Amherst, MA
- 2000 Bender Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
- 1998 Bender Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
- 1998 Robert Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA
- 1998 Parkersburg Art Center, Parkersburg VA
- 1996 Kirschner Haack Fine Art, Miami Beach, FL
- 1995 Noho Gallery, N.Y., NY
- 1994 Nacul Center Gallery, Amherst, MA
- 1989 Geissler Gallery, Stoneleigh Burnham School, Greenfield, MA
- 1984 Hillyer Gallery, Smith College, Northampton, MA
- 2015 "On the Road Again", Springfield Technical Community College
- 2014 "Moveable Feast", Paper City Studio, Holyoke, MA
- 2011 "Three Seeing", A.P.E. Northampton, MA
- 2009 Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield, MA
- 2008 Gallery A3, Amherst, MA
- 2005 Gallery A3, Amherst, MA
- 2005 “Seed/Word” RKL Gallery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
- 2003 “Poem/Image”, Gallery A3, Amherst, MA
- 2002 “New Members”, Gallery A3, Amherst, MA
- 1999 Reality Room Gallery, Washington, D.C.
- 1998 “Numinous”, Bender Fine Art, Atlanta, GA (catalogue)
- 1997 Levy Performing Arts Center, Lake City College, Lake City, FL
- 1995 “Bay State Artists”, Krasdale Gallery, N.Y., NY (catalogue)
- 1992 “Family”, Goddard Riverside Gallery, N.Y., NY
- 1992 “Discovering Ourselves”, Elston Fine Arts, N.Y., NY
- 1991 “Art of the Personal”, Krasdale Gallery, N.Y., NY
- 1987 George Walter Vincent Smith Museum, Springfield, MA
- 1982 American Indian Community House Gallery, NY
- 1981 “Emerging Artists”, The Alternative Museum, N.Y., NY
- 1981 “Selections of the Huson River Museum”, Yonkers, NY
- 1981 “Sixth Anniversary Show”, The Alternative Museum, N.Y., NY
Publications and Reviews
- Peter Frank, "Speaking in Paint", 2015
- Arquitectura Y Diseno Internacional, “Trump Tower Residence N.Y
- Monica Flores 2004, cover photo and article with painting
- Daily Hamphire Gazette, “A summing Of the Parts, Phoebe Mitchell article with photo
- Valley Advocate, Daniel Oppenheim 2003
- Washington Post, Weekend Pick 1999
- Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Jerry Cullam
- Creative Loafing, Atlanta Metro Edition, Kathy Byrd 1998
- The Springfield Sunday Republican, “Speaking of Art”, Gloria Russell 1995
- Daily Hampshire Gazette, “Ellen Grobman at Nacul”, Patricia Wright 1995
- Tikkun, painting used as illustration, 1993
- The Secret Holy War of Santiago de Chile, (Chilean novel), book jacket painting 1993
- The New York Times Sunday Magazine, painting included in article: “This Year’s Prophet” 1993
- The New York Times, “Group Show at Krasdale Gallery”, Vivien Raynor 1992
- Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
- Rebecca Birdwhistle, Atlanta, GA
- Reed Savage, Atlanta, GA
- Harry and Zeena Kassel, Hewlett, NY
- Dr. David and Karen Davis, Petersham, MA
- Marjorie Cohen, Leverett, MA
- Toby Coltin, Andover, MA
- Gay Hapgood, Amherst, MA
- Deborah and Ted Schlessel, N.Y., NY