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James Ehlers
  • 44, Male
  • Emporia, KS
  • United States
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James Ehlers

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College / University
University of Florida, MFA - 2005, Bradley University, MA - 2002, McNeese State University, BA - 2000
Program / Degree
Assistant Professor, Emporia State University
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If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
About my artwork
I render death. Hundreds of thousands strokes carved into metal birth the deterioration of an animal into a void. The laborious technique of engraving draws me into an intense observation of the minute. My engravings elevate the bleak appearance of decay into an aesthetically pleasing reality of transformation and time. They are an expression of the cyclical nature of existence. The viewer is confronted with a rendering of an everyday occurrence that they would normally ignore. The figures' visually dynamic dissolving environment expresses the passing of time and animates the inanimate. Pulling inspiration, discovery and direction from artists and philosophers, my work is a dynamic exploration of a traditional topic. These meticulously rendered images carry on the dying tradition of metal engraving.
Artists I like
Ivan Albright, Matthew Barney, Mauricio Lasansky, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Edgar Degas, Joel Peter-Witkin, Sally Mann, Gregory Crewdson, Joe Coleman, Stanley William Hayter, Oscar Jay Gillespie, Gerry Wubben, Robert Mueller, David Lachappelle, Egon Schiele, Francis Bacon, Misch Kohn....there are more that escape me at the moment
Printmaking, Painting, Photography, Video Art, Philosophy (Nietzsche), Judo, Mixed Martial Arts, German, Spanish, Music...
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nowhere and everywhere

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At 17:37 on March 30, 2008, Suzanne E. Saunders said…
wow i guess i have the eye for Ehlersites! I thought that was Bacons' but since you were standing in front of it I thought you may have painted it. Cheers!! I like this one below hmm
At 10:37 on March 30, 2008, Mike Bennion said…
Great work james!
At 20:06 on March 29, 2008, Suzanne E. Saunders said…
thanx for the link. I like the one behind you in the picture of your profile. Is it yours? Your work has a bold yet quiet beauty. Nice work. Your webpage reminds me that I need to make a resume lol.
At 21:59 on March 27, 2008, Jonathan Solo said…
wonderful skill!
At 18:10 on March 26, 2008, Suzanne E. Saunders said…
yeah i had to discover him myself too..when i went to chicago i think lol. my work is at the spotted cat all the time on frenchman st. (its a jazz bar) and i am showing at jazzfest as well second weekend. do you have your paintings online somewhere??
At 15:35 on March 26, 2008, Suzanne E. Saunders said…
Thanks for the request. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I like your work. Death is a subject I portray quite a bit too, but on the flipside I don't always consider it morbid or dismal. When you live in a place of secondlines and celebration, it changes your perspective. (as much as I love morbid ) I love that Ivan Albright is your first listed. he is one of my favorite painters. keep in touch. hope to see more paintings.
At 15:49 on March 25, 2008, artreview.com said…
Hi James

Welcome to artreview.com. It would be great to see more of your work here...

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At 3:45 on March 25, 2008, COMMERCE Gallery said…
Please contact us if you are interested in an exhibit.
Christopher Gulick
At 15:19 on March 24, 2008, Marina Graham said…
I love these black and white engravings. I look forward to seeing more of your paintings too. Thank you for adding me as a friend!

At 12:55 on March 24, 2008, Mark Beatty said…
excellent drawings James...


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