We are thrilled to offer a magnificent huge watercolor on paper painting by RAY ELLIS (1921-2013) completed in 1982. The subject is one of the, if not the most, sought after of his painting scenes - the Savannah River. It is exquisitely rendered with a large merchant vessel centered on the river, having just come from under the Talmadge Bridge. The old Talmadge cantilever truss bridge is seen in the right background as it existed before the 1991 completion of the current version. On either side of the central ship is a tugboat, each going in the opposite direction of the merchant ship. A sailboat is also seen on the far side, going in the same direction as the large ship. Savannah City Hall & the Bay Street area can be seen in the left center on the far side of the river. This watercolor painting has everything going for it.
The painting is signed Ray G. Ellis, A.W.S. (American Watercolor Society) and copyright dated 82, at the lower left. It is in excellent condition with no foxing, tears, scratches or flaws of any kind. It is one of his largest paintings; the sight size measuring 24 x 39 inches and the frame size is 38 x 52¼ inches. It is under protective glass and therefore is quite heavy. The frame is outstanding and most probably is the original frame. We have been able to locate two Ray Ellis nautical watercolors of this size. One was painted in 1989, measures 24 inches x 39 inches and is titled Off Point Loma (California) and listed at $31,500. The other was also painted in 1989, measures 24½ inches x 38 inches and is titled Westwind and is listed at $32,000. We have also found a smaller oil on linen Ray Ellis nautical scene. It was painted in 2008, measures 20 inches x 30 inches and is titled Early Morning - Savannah River and it is listed at $26,000. So our price, given the premiere subject matter, is a steal.
The following bibliography is from AskArt: "Raymond George Ellis of Edgartown, Massachusetts is a nationally recognized artist whose paintings are in the permanent collections at The White House and in museums around the country. Mr. Ellis and the late television journalist Walter Cronkite collaborated in the 1980s on a series of three books depicting America's coastlines in word and image: South by Southeast, North by Northeast, and Westwind. There are fifteen other books exclusively devoted to Ellis's paintings. His biography will be published in the spring of 2014. For three consecutive years beginning in 1998, Mr. Ellis was commissioned by President and Mrs. Clinton to paint scenes of the White House to be reproduced as their official holiday greeting card. In 2004, the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia, created a major traveling exhibition of his paintings. He was awarded the Salmagundi Club's Medal of Honor for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts in 2004.
Born in Philadelphia on April 24, 1921, Ray Ellis attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Art, and in 1947 at the age of 26, had his first one-man show at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He was elected to the American Watercolor Society and in 1968, to the Salmagundi Club in New York, the oldest established professional art association in the country. Other New York memberships included The Century Association, the Artists' Fellowship, and The Lotos Club. In 1986, he founded Compass Prints and The Ray Ellis Gallery in Savannah, Georgia, which continues as his headquarters."
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