The Family, Artist & Civil Rights Advocate Ewari Ed Ellis, 1960's Oil Painting.

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The Family, Artist & Civil Rights Advocate Ewari Ed Ellis, 1960's Oil Painting.

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$2,000.00

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Item details

Vintage from the 1960s

Materials

Paint, Canvas Wood, oil painting, dark blue, purple, blue, oil on canvas

Dimensions

Height: 27 Inches; Width: 34 Inches

We are offering a captivating oil painting from the Civil Rights Era, "The Family" is an oil painting by Ewari Ed Ellis, an important artist and a Civil Rights advocate and founder of Halfway Art Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA. MLK, Martin Luther King, Nate Smith and Jesse Jackson and Charles Teenie Harris were among some of the Civil Rights leaders and community leaders he called friends.

https://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/thedigs/2012/08/17/nate-smith-rev-jesse-jackson/

The painting dates from the 1960s. The Family is as one -- one constellation, in and of themselves -- it is very moving. It is easy to get lost in this piece. The canvas measures approximately 26-1/4" by 34-1/4" by 1". I took the pictures in different lighting as it changes its look depending on where it is.

There is a paper label on back of the frame that reads, Baine Art Gallery, 761-1596, "The Family" by Ed Ellis $125. The stretcher frame is marked Artists Material Grumbacher, New York. You can see the age of this piece by looking at the canvas. Though it shows some wear, it is tight and a heavy duty canvas.

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My wife and I attended a large inner city sale in Pittsburgh held by an auction company. The art was from a few of the many older and larger estates that are now declining in the Pittsburgh area. In my research I found a picture dated May 1, 1972 that shows Nate Smith, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Ewari ‘Ed’ Ellis the artist, on the Boulevard of the Allies in Pittsburgh before the first annual Black Solidarity Fair at the Civic Arena. Famous photographer, Charles Teeny Harris took the picture.

Ellis cut the ribbon with Nat Smith and Pittsburgh Mayor Richard Caliguiri looking on. This photo spoke volumes to me about the important fight for equality and how it touched my city of Pittsburgh. Mr. Ellis was a local artist, community organizer and co-founder, with Nate Smith, of the Black Solidarity Fair. Ellis was the founder of Halfway Art Gallery in Pittsburgh. A good three quarters of this listing, was listed before I knew his ties to Pittsburgh and the hard work he put in for his beliefs in a better life for the minorities of the 60's.

He died at the age of 61 years old. I am 66 years old and remember well the riots in 1968 when I was a junior at Wilkinsburg Senior High in the Pittsburgh area. What captivates me is the change that took place after I graduated in 1969 and the change I saw that took place after serving four years in the Air Force and getting out in December of 1973. The changes in hiring practices and the very laws themselves. I wasn't the right / white color or sex, for those who are to young to remember.

Take the time to investigate this artist, this activist, this man whose life took so many turns and in the end made a difference. That this painting is titled "The Family" is fitting in so many ways! I was a prejudiced young man until I joined the Air Force then I became just another man seeking his way. I lost all the negative feelings I had growing up and became a man, not a white or black or yellow or brown man, just a man finding his way in a world so bent on destruction. It is fitting that this work is titled "The Family". The family is where we first get a glimpse of what can be, not always what seems to be. It took about two months for my thoughts of people being just that, people. Mom's & Dad's, kids and Grandparents no matter their color. I was just 18 with miles to go before I sleep.


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We are offering a captivating oil painting from the Civil Rights Era, "The Family" is an oil painting by Ewari Ed Ellis, an important artist and a Civil Rights advocate and founder of Halfway Art Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA. MLK, Martin Luther King, Nate Smith and Jesse Jackson and Charles Teenie Harris were among some of the Civil Rights leaders and community leaders he called friends.

https://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/thedigs/2012/08/17/nate-smith-rev-jesse-jackson/

The painting dates from the 1960s. The Family is as one -- one constellation, in and of themselves -- it is very moving. It is easy to get lost in this piece. The canvas measures approximately 26-1/4" by 34-1/4" by 1". I took the pictures in different lighting as it changes its look depending on where it is.

There is a paper label on back of the frame that reads, Baine Art Gallery, 761-1596, "The Family" by Ed Ellis $125. The stretcher frame is marked Artists Material Grumbacher, New York. You can see the age of this piece by looking at the canvas. Though it shows some wear, it is tight and a heavy duty canvas.

*******************************************************************************

My wife and I attended a large inner city sale in Pittsburgh held by an auction company. The art was from a few of the many older and larger estates that are now declining in the Pittsburgh area. In my research I found a picture dated May 1, 1972 that shows Nate Smith, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Ewari ‘Ed’ Ellis the artist, on the Boulevard of the Allies in Pittsburgh before the first annual Black Solidarity Fair at the Civic Arena. Famous photographer, Charles Teeny Harris took the picture.

Ellis cut the ribbon with Nat Smith and Pittsburgh Mayor Richard Caliguiri looking on. This photo spoke volumes to me about the important fight for equality and how it touched my city of Pittsburgh. Mr. Ellis was a local artist, community organizer and co-founder, with Nate Smith, of the Black Solidarity Fair. Ellis was the founder of Halfway Art Gallery in Pittsburgh. A good three quarters of this listing, was listed before I knew his ties to Pittsburgh and the hard work he put in for his beliefs in a better life for the minorities of the 60's.

He died at the age of 61 years old. I am 66 years old and remember well the riots in 1968 when I was a junior at Wilkinsburg Senior High in the Pittsburgh area. What captivates me is the change that took place after I graduated in 1969 and the change I saw that took place after serving four years in the Air Force and getting out in December of 1973. The changes in hiring practices and the very laws themselves. I wasn't the right / white color or sex, for those who are to young to remember.

Take the time to investigate this artist, this activist, this man whose life took so many turns and in the end made a difference. That this painting is titled "The Family" is fitting in so many ways! I was a prejudiced young man until I joined the Air Force then I became just another man seeking his way. I lost all the negative feelings I had growing up and became a man, not a white or black or yellow or brown man, just a man finding his way in a world so bent on destruction. It is fitting that this work is titled "The Family". The family is where we first get a glimpse of what can be, not always what seems to be. It took about two months for my thoughts of people being just that, people. Mom's & Dad's, kids and Grandparents no matter their color. I was just 18 with miles to go before I sleep.


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Also be sure to ENLARGE our photos for an up close and personal look.

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