A Painted Language | Ellen Richman

A Painted Language | Ellen Richman

A solo exhibition of new paintings by artist Ellen Richman

Burnet Fine Art & Advisory’s newest exhibition showcases a selection of paintings from Ellen Richman.  

“I am driven by the exploration of the visual elements; color, form and space. I develop and reinvent visual language inspired by what I see. I find joy in exploring new forms and the relationships between them. My study takes into consideration both organic and geometric shapes, color value and chromatic divergence as I seek to develop a minimal image. It interests me how color and form are a universally understood language that affects mood, emotion and the subconscious mind.” – Ellen Richman

Born in Minneapolis, Ellen Richman attended the University of Minnesota department of design before receiving her BFA from the University of Minnesota department of fine art in 1995. Upon graduation she continued her color studies in Playa del Carmen, Q.Roo Mexico, where her paintings were informed by the full spectrum of light. Color became the singular defining element in her work as she continued to experiment with saturated hues and chromatic divergence.

She developed a program in Abstract Painting based on her formalist ideas at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts in Minneapolis MN, where she was faculty from 2006-2019. She juried, curated and produced annual abstract exhibits for the school.

Her work is featured in the corporate collections of Deloitte, Phillips Beverage Company, Boston Scientific and the Bentson Foundation among many others. Commissions include; Northmarq Capital, the Indianapolis Westin Hotel and private collectors. Ellen recently designed artistic rugs for BOCCARA art in Paris. She has been exhibited, published and collected locally, nationally and internationally.

Ellen employs a reductive form of abstraction which emphasizes the plasticity and two dimensionality of painting. Considerations of the visual elements color, form and space drive the meaning of her work. It interests her how this universal language continues to be an exploration. Informed by geometric and organic patterns everywhere, Ellen is inspired by how the interaction of color affects mood, emotion and the subconscious mind. Her intent is to create an effective minimal structured image of unencumbered space.


This exhibition is on view through September 3rd during regular gallery hours, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues-Sat and by appointment


Burnet Fine Art & Advisory is located in downtown Wayzata, MN; 15 minutes West of Minneapolis. Burnet Fine Art & Advisory is a commercial gallery featuring original contemporary artwork that is thoughtfully curated to inspire and be enjoyed by all.

Burnet Fine Art & Advisory is committed to providing a safe and healthy space for all our staff and visitors. To ensure that, we have developed the following COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Burnet Fine Art & Advisory has resumed regular hours of 11am-5pm with increased cleaning measures. Hand sanitizer will be available for visitors and we ask that all who enter the gallery do their best to keep a distance of 6 feet from staff and fellow visitors.

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