Ella Yang, a native New Yorker, is a mostly self-taught representational oil painter based in Brooklyn, New York. After a long hiatus from art making, Ella realized her dream of studying art in Italy during the summer of 2001. There she discovered “plein air” landscape painting and renewed her interest in drawing from the figure. In Spring 2003 she made a full-time commitment to a career in artwork. Currently, Ella exhibits and sells her work at 440 Gallery in Brooklyn, and directly from her studio near the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. Her paintings are in private collections in the USA, as well as in Hong Kong, Italy, France, and Austria. Ella shows her work extensively in solo and group exhibitions, and has participated in the Annual Gowanus Artists Open Studios every year since 2002. In the summer of 2006, she spent a month at the internationally recognized artist residency program, the Vermont Studio Center. She is honored to be included in book “100 New York Painters,” by C.M. Dantzic, which was published by Schiffer Books in 2006.
In 2014, three of her paintings were selected to be displayed at the US Embassy in Geneva, Switzerland through the US State Departments Art in Embassies program.
I usually look for atypical subjects in my backyard, whether it is a gritty industrial street next to the Gowanus Canal or on a sidewalk in Park Slope with its mom-and-pop shops. Are the colors and light juicy, begging to be captured in paint? Is there a unique building or landmark that creates a focal point? I find the sun’s effect enthralling as its rays are absorbed and reflected by brownstone and glass buildings, the atmosphere, trees, water, and bridges, creating glimmers of beauty.
My goal is to find a simple way to capture the spirit of a scene at a particular instance. Inevitably the paintings become infused with my own wonder and delight at having discovered something – a pattern, a gesture, an angle of light – that is inherently pleasing. At best my paintings pay tribute to the abundant benefits of attentiveness.
b. 1960, New York, New York
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY