Batik for El Taarn
Homer E. Ellertson (1892-1935) was born in River Falls, Wisconsin. After spending a year at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, he won a scholarship to study art in Paris, where he was influenced by European post-Impressionists. When World War I broke out, Ellertson returned to New York and completed his art degree at the Pratt Institute. Once he graduated, he worked commercially in Manhattan, designing rugs, wallpaper and textiles. In 1920, Ellertson quit commercial design, and settled in the vibrant art community of Tryon, North Carolina to focus on his artwork. His work regularly appeared in magazines such as Art Digest and The Art News. Ellertson worked in different styles and mediums but much of his work shows his interest in Modernism. His paintings include distortion of form and color that were used by the Expressionists during this time, and his artwork focused on the relationship of people to their environment. His wife Margaret Law came from an affluent Tryon family, and after marrying her, his paintings often reflected Southern themes. Ellerston died suddenly at the age of 42.