Above from left to right: from the Sign Language series, I, II, III, VI, VII, X, all print on canvas, 40 x 53″ each
Kelli Ellis has been drawing her whole life. As a featured artist at LeftBank art, Kelli Ellis is able to continue her pursuit of art and design at a professional level. At The Current Iowa, we have 6 pieces from her Sign Language collection – I, II, III, VI,VII, & X. This series was inspired in part by the artists grandfather; he was a decorated FBI agent, and often regaled Ellis with tales of early forensics and the development of finger printing techniques. Over time, Ellis expanded upon these memories to create a series filled with designs reminiscent of the swirls and individuality of fingerprints.
Ellis has the entire series, as well as her other works, on her website!
Fun Fact: Francisca Rojas is thought to be the first guilty conviction based on fingerprint evidence. He was charged with murder in Argentina in 1892.
Top Left: Signpost #2, print of micro pen on paper, 18 x 22″ // Top Right: Bookshelf #8, print of micro pen on paper, 18 x 22″ // Above: Watching Tree, print of micro pen on paper, 38 x 26″
Eli Helman has won awards for his insanely detailed pen and ink drawings. These works are often influenced by his other passions, including nature, animals, and music. While some basic idea of the final product is formed prior to the start of a drawing, the majority of the patterns and delicate details are filled in spontaneously; this stream of consciousness style aids in the whimsical and musical nature of Eli’s works. Eli has dubbed his unique style ‘Maximalism’ – his extreme attention to detail and compositional balance results in an all-over drawing that is far from Minimalism.
Fun Fact: Wassily Kandinsky, one of Eli Helman’s influences, is widely regarded as the founder of pure abstract painting. Also influenced by the abstract nature of music, Kandinsky often referred to his abstract works as improvisations and compositions.