Read Catherine Zinser's article in aether magazine about Ellen's work here.
Read the Austin Chronicle review of her 2012 show here.
Read the Austin American Statesman review of her 2012 show here.
Graduating from the first class of St. Andrew's Upper School, Heck went on to study philosophy at Brown University. After graduating with honors, Heck attended the Art Institute of Chicago where she earned a B.F.A. in Printmaking and Painting. She now currently resides in Berkeley, California, as an Artist-In-Residence at the Kala Art Institute. This year, The Cleveland Museum of Art purchased one of her pieces for their collection. And she is not yet even thirty years old.
Recently an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant Recipient, her upcoming show represents an exciting moment in what promises to be a long and successful career. Variations is her first solo show in Wally Workman Gallery's main exhibition space and will include work from three different series that all explore the print making process and challenge its age-old conventions and pre-conceived notions. The series Forty Fridas references the iconic portraiture of Frida Kahlo and the graphic portraiture of Andy Warhol and David Hockney. The Aging of Mark Twain on One Copper Plate is a suite of 5 dry-point prints created in sucession on one copper plate, exposing the layered process of the dry-point medium and the passage of time. Place and Process flips the focus onto the printmaking studio and printmaker.
Each piece in the Variations collection addresses the concept of individuality and multiplicity and how the art of printmaking fits into the conversation. As the Blanton Museum's Print Room Manager Catherine Zinser notes, Heck's incredible skill, studied mind and passion for printmaking come together in a unified voice that is sure to be "a beacon for the future of graphic arts".
web site: www.ellenheck.com